This morning I received one of my newsletters that goes out to doctors and healthcare professionals. Never before have I ever actually seen the numbers in black and white till today. I want to share this with you so you can see for yourself and come to your own conclusions as to how to respond.
It appears that healthcare organizations and physicians are major forces behind campaign contributions. According to the nonproﬁt Center
for Responsive Politics (CRP), the healthcare industry has spent over $147,136,594.00 for the 2012 political events. Now, those numbers were posted the ﬁrst of September so we know it is probably more than that now. Also, the CRP mentions that not all money is posted.
The CRP is a non-proﬁt, non-partisan research group based in Washington, D.C.. This company tracks the effects of money and lobbing on elections and public policy. Their data base can be found on www.opensecrets.org.
Below is the top 20 healthcare-sector contributors to Federal candidates, parties, and outside groups.
|1||Adelson Drug Clinic||$22,040,800.00|
|2||Cooperative of American Physicians||$2,699,245.00|
|3||American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons||$1,467,800.00|
|4||American Dental Association||$1,343,649.00|
|5||P?zer,Inc. Pharmaceutical Company||$1,287,136.00|
|6||Select Medical Corp||$1,132,450.00|
|7||American College of Radiology||$1,127,134.00|
|8||American Society of Anesthesiologists||$1,109,150.00|
|9||American Health Care Association||$1,093,695.00|
|10||American College of Emergency Physicians||$1,060,500.00|
|11||American Hospital Association||$1,051,122.00|
|15||Medco Health Solutions||$833,120.00|
|17||American Physical Therapy Association||$816,600.00|
|19||American Medical Association||$785,437.00|
|20||Merck and Co||$763,935.00|
The next table gives the percentage each company gave to each political party.
|1||Adelson Drug Clinic|
|2||Cooperative of American Physicians||2%||2%|
|3||American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons||25%||75%|
|4||American Dental Association||40%||60%|
|5||P?zer,Inc. Pharmaceutical Company||52%||48%|
|6||Select Medical Corp||5%||7%|
|7||American College of Radiology||29%||71%|
|8||American Society of Anesthesiologists||37%||63%|
|9||American Health Care Association||44%||55%|
|10||American College of Emergency Physicians||41%||59%|
|11||American Hospital Association||58%||42%|
|15||Medco Health Solutions||47%||53%|
|17||American Physical Therapy Association||54%||46%|
|19||American Medical Association||45%||55%|
|20||Merck and Co||51%||49%|
I am thankful that we live in a country where there is Free Speech. That being said, I would like to say that in my opinion, a lot of that money could have been used to support people who are struggling with no money or insurance and need assistance in their health care. Instead, it appears that it went to the political parties and to lobbying efforts. Are most of this money spent to inﬂuence government, and for what reason? Why can’t the pharmaceutical companies and health care providers lower their cost for the true American, their customers? It is now obvious that there is a surplus that can be given away to the government. Yes, I’m sure there must be a tax break for them somewhere.