Six of the largest health insurers in the US funded TV ads that attacked the healthcare reform bills in Congress, according to a report in the National Journal. At least one insurer has come out to deny the charges so far.
The ads were reportedly placed by the US Chamber of Commerce in the fall.
The story says that Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, UnitedHealthGroup, and Wellpoint each gave at least $1 million to American's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which then funneled the money to the Chamber of Commerce.
A source told the National Journal that the funds made up "as much as one-quarter of the chamber's total health care advertising budget."
The Chamber later confirmed to some news outlets that funds were transferred from AHIP, which confirmed that the organization had supported the ad campaign. Kaiser, one of the six health insurers cited in the National Journal story, issued a statement saying that it did not providing funding for the campaign.