Health Insurers Writing Big Checks to Democrats as Single Payer Support Grows

Jun 26, 2018

By Wendell Potter | Tarbell.org

As the support for a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” health care system in U.S. grows,

so does the contributions from the health insurance industry.

Support for a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” health care system in the United States continues to grow, according to recent polls. Private health insurance companies are clearly taking notice—and taking action with big money.

Since the beginning of this year, the political action committees of the five biggest for-profit health insurers—Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth—have been doling out campaign donations to members of Congress at a fast pace, and they are giving to almost as many Democrats as Republicans.

As of last week, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the five PACs had donated $1,635,500 to the campaigns of members of the House. That compares with $1,173,600 they donated during the entire year of 2008, which was the last time insurers were concerned about growing support for single-payer health care. (Note that these totals do not include separate individual donations made by company executives.)

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1 Comment

  1. Lee Stacie

    Dems who take this money and vote against universal health care will never get reelected. Serious warning.

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