Senators Drafting Secret Health Care Bill Backed by Insurance and Pharma Campaign Money

Alec Saslow | June 21, 2017

The small group of senators secretly crafting a bill to eliminate the Affordable Care Act collected an average of $214,000 in campaign contributions from health insurance and pharmaceutical industries between November 2010 and November 2016 - nearly double the amount received by colleagues excluded from the process, according to a MapLight analysis.

The group of male senators selected by Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to craft a bill that would repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act has scheduled no public hearings about the landmark legislation that would overhaul health care for millions of Americans - leaving almost everyone guessing about the bill’s key components.  

The lack of transparency and public information about the bill makes it impossible to analyze the impact on the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, but indications from stock prices earlier this year showed investors were betting GOP legislation would be a boon for pharmaceutical companies and health insurers.

Four of the senators working on the bill have received more than $300,000 from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Senators excluded from the process received an average of $115,000 from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Campaign Contributions from Insurance and Pharmaceutical
Manufacturing Industries to Senators Drafting Secret Health Care Bill

Orrin G. Hatch $471,560
Addison "Mitch" McConnell $433,400
Rob Portman $382,100
Patrick J. Toomey $354,616
Andrew Lamar Alexander $228,100
John Cornyn $180,050
Cory Gardner $151,850
John Barrasso $149,750
Mike Enzi $146,600
John Thune $123,400
Mike Lee $66,750
Ted Cruz $58,895
Tom Cotton $28,941

MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Senators from PACs and employees of accident & health insurance and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries from November 29, 2010 to November 28, 2016. Contributions data source: