Senate Health Care Bill Is a “Massive Handout” to Big Donors
Washington, D.C. — As Senate Republicans unveil their health care bill, money-in-politics reform group Every Voice called the legislation a “massive handout” to big donors.
“Senate Republicans are proposing a massive handout to their big donors,” said Every Voice president and CEO David Donnelly. “Wealthy individuals and corporate insurance and pharmaceutical special interests will get a massive return on their political contributions in the form of tax breaks, while millions will suffer the consequences of losing their health insurance and access to many critical services. No wonder they’ve kept the details a secret when the reality is so shameful. This is the type of policy making we have too often seen because our political system is based on large contributions, not support from constituents back home.”
The 13 Senators who drafted the bill in secret have relied heavily on the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to fund their campaigns, receiving on average $214,000 between November 2010 to November 2016, according to analysis by MapLight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attended a fundraiser, rather than meeting with a patient advocacy group, The Intercept reported.
While the public and many Senators have remained in the dark about the details of the bill, insurance lobbyists have been meeting with those drafting the bill and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to reports from Politico and The Hill, and lobbyists with details of the bill have repeatedly appeared as sources in news stories.
Every Voice is a national organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone.