health insurers last year gave the u.s. chamber of commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation.
the insurance lobby, whose members include minnetonka, minnesota-based unitedhealth group inc.
and cigna corp.
of philadelphia, gave the money to the chamber in 2009 as democrats increased criticism of the industry, according to a person who requested anonymity because laws don't require identifying funding sources.
the chamber got the money from the america's health insurance plans
as the industry urged congress to drop a plan to create a competing government-run insurance plan.
"clearly the secrecy was important to industry," sheila krumholz
, executive director of the washington-based center for responsive politics, said in an interview...