Presidential campaign contributors.
The healthcare contributions given to the current crop of
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates has reached $3.7
million this year, with Senator Clinton and Governor Romney accounting
for 45 percent of that total. This is according to a recent report
compiled by The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing
Committee (CNA/NNOC). The report was compiled from a study conducted by
the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, which is the
research arm of CNA/NNOC. The other front runners' contributions
from healthcare that make up the total include Senator Obama with 15
percent, Senator McCain and former New York Mayor Giuliani with 11
percent each and Senator Edwards with 6 percent. CNA/NNOC public policy
director Michael Lighty remarked that the industry cash is corrupting public policy on healthcare and leads to legislation benefiting the
healthcare lobbyist. While he went on to say that the candidates
receiving the contributions favor insurance-based reforms, none of them
advocate the elimination of private health insurance.