Via the National Journal | That’s right! And y’all invited! Next week, health care lobbying group Strategic Health Care will go to Capitol Hill for their Big Do. That would be the Big Do they’re calling the White Trash Reception. What a knee-slapper, huh? No wealth gappy alienation could ever come from this!
Strategic Health Care, the health care company, says that it regularly throws themed parties where lobbyists and people in the health industry can mingle with Capitol Hill staffers. This event’s theme, however, drives home an image of high-paid Washington lobbyists gathering to snicker at low-income, white Americans. And the event particularly stings because health care lobbyists at Strategic Health Care profit from pharmaceutical companies that make their money on expensive drugs that low income Americans of all races frequently have to turn their pockets inside out to pay for.
No lack of taste from Strategic Health Care. Think Progress nails it:
This event’s theme, however, drives home an image of high-paid Washington lobbyists gathering to snicker at low-income, white Americans.
[And those “low-incomers” can’t afford the lifesaving drugs that provide all those nice, big profits for Strategic Health Care lobbyists.]
Who could possibly be offended by that?
“Hey y’all – get gussied up in your Sunday jorts, mullets, and fullets and come on down to the White Trash Reception,” an email that accompanied the invitation reads, according to The National Journal.
View the invite: White Trash Invite PDF complete with stereotypical gap-toothed ‘Mountain Boys’ (click to expand)
White Trash Reception
July 19, 2012 5:30 – 9:30 pm
230 2nd Street SE
Washington, DC 20001
Grab some suds and grub with Strategic Health Care! Please RSVP (rite so vittles pre-pared) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peggy Tighe, Esq. Partner; Beth Swickard, Director of Government Relations; Jason Gromley, Director of Government Relations; and Kyah Flickinger, Congressional Staffer
The lobbying firm describes itself as
“Strategic Health Care’s vision is to become the leading health care consulting firm focused all matters where government and health care meet. In order to achieve this (and distinguish ourselves from other firms), we will continue to capitalize on our knowledge of the health care system, our understanding of our clients’ businesses, our ability to anticipate and influence legislative and regulatory issues, and our dedication to efficient and cost-effective client service.”
A blogger posted
I work for the company. I will not say my name, but I will say that this party’s theme is not a poke at anyone. In fact, no one will be at that party actually dressed as white trash, or even talking about ‘white trash’. There may be a few silly decorations, but this is not some back room party where we talk about poor white folks. It is a place for GOP and Democratic staffers and lobbyists to basically unwind after all the seriousness that engulfs this town. Last year, we had an equally harmless pirate themed party.
BTW, this is not a liberal organization. Far from it. Our employees range from Conservative Republicans, to a few liberals.
And FWIW, all of us are white. Many of us come from the rural midwest. Myself? I come from an impoverished, white family with conservative leanings. I am hardly racist.
This is simply a relaxing get together. We will have a few finger foods, a couple of drinks, an a lot of laughs.
Sounds like a regular laugh riot!