The dramatic shift from the embarrassment that came with Trump and Ryan’s highly publicized so-called health care bill going from not having enough votes to make it out of the House, to narrowly achieving the needed 217 to move on to the Senate, has many wondering what happened.
After all, report after report spoke of just how bad the legislation is for Americans, especially those who need adequate coverage that doesn’t penalize them for being poor, having pre-existing conditions, etc.
Moreover, it has long been known that health care insurance providers will benefit greatly from the GOP’s legislation, as supported by the tweet below:
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) March 7, 2017
Since there has been so much talk about just who gains from the bill, there has also been speculation that the Republicans who changed their votes, may not have done so at random. They say money is the root of all evil, so talk around why people changed their votes has come with rumors of payoffs, bribes, and other reasons that would encourage the greed of members of the GOP to disregard their constituents and side with pharma and health care companies.
It looks like there may have been a bid of a quid pro quo, in that, just as the American Health Care Act promises major kickbacks to insurance companies, members of the GOP who helped push the bill through, could’ve gotten something in return. Total, there were about 15 House Republicans who were on the fence about the bill.
Pertaining to those 15 lawmakers, opensecrets.org released startling evidence that many Republican members of the House received major support from health care companies. A few of the top recipients will be highlighted below:
Mo Brooks (R-AL) made highly controversial comments about people who aren’t well. Going as far as saying they lead “bad lives,” Brooks is no stranger to the health care industry. Two of Brooks’ top 10 donors in his career are the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Endo Health Solutions. Since 2012, the companies have donated $25,500 and $26,000, respectively.
Ironically, the ASA also gave Brooks $1,000 in late March of this year.
Another member of the GOP who has benefited greatly from the kindness of health care companies is Rod Blum (IA). Serving in what is his first, and perhaps last Congressional term, Blum was initially against the American Health Care Act.
However, Blum’s biggest donors over the course of his short Washington career, have been from the National Community Pharmacists’ Association — they gifted $36,400 to Blum’s campaign in 2016. Like Brooks, Blum had a coincidentally late donation in March of this year, wherein he received $1,000 from the National Community Pharmacists’ Association.
Citizens have grown frustrated with Washington legislators’ lack of urgency in truly following Trump’s money trail regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, and to hold him accountable. Perhaps their pause comes from their own dirty money trails related to health care. After all, politics does make strange bedfellows.
To learn which legislators changed their votes, click here.
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