Open Secrets: Stakeholders in Health Insurance Reform Debate Gave Big to Senators

Written by admin on December 25th, 2009

Open Secrets reports on the campaign contributions raked in by Senators actively opposing the health care reforms:

Story here:

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/12/stakeholders-in-health-insuran.html

Senators who opposed the bill received an average of nearly 30 percent more political donations from political action committees and individual employees of health and health insurance-related groups and companies since 1989, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis has found.
Since 1989, Republican senators who voted against the bill received an average of $1.67 million from PACs and individual employees associated with health insurers and health-related organizations, groups and trade associations, CRP found. Democratic senators who supported the bill, meanwhile, received an average of $1.29 million from these interests since 1989.
Republican lawmakers, on average, collected significantly more cash from medical professionals, health insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers — groups that often fought proposed reforms during the past year (as well as reform proposals during previous Congresses), as Capital Eye outlined in its “Diagnosis: Reform” series this summer.
The Center for Responsive Politics found that Republican senators who opposed the bill collected an average of 41 percent more from medical professionals, an average of 41 percent more from pharmaceutical and health product companies and an average of 28 percent more from health and accident insurers than their Democratic counterparts.
Additionally, the Center for Responsive Politics found that Democratic lawmakers who backed the health care reform plan received an average of 1,000 percent more campaign cash from PACs and individual employees of labor unions, which have vocally lobbied in favor of reforming health care.

Since 1989, Democratic senators who supported the measure received an average of $893,200 from PACs and individual employees of labor unions, CRP found. Republican senators who opposed the legislation, meanwhile, received an average of just $79,250 from labor interest over the same time

 

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