"Americans for Quality and Affordable Healthcare": Yet Another Health Insurance Industry Front?

According to the Associated Press, "Americans for Quality and Affordable Healthcare" (AQAH) is a "secretive" group that organizes "below-the-radar" activities to drum up opposition to health care reform. AQAH is opposed to a government-run public health insurance option, but supports a mandate to require all citizens to purchase health insurance -- views that happen to exactly match those of the health insurance industry. The group's Web site contains no address, telephone number or other contact information. AQAH is operated by one of the largest law firms in North Carolina, Moore and Van Allen. A spokesman for the law firm, Matthew French, refused to disclose the group's funders, and would say only that "They want to stay in the background and off the front page ... They want the message to be the important thing."