Supporters of Breaux Plan Rack Up Most HealthDollars

 

Supporters of Breaux Plan Rack Up Most HealthDollars

Senate and House members of the National Bipartisan Medicare Commission received a total of $745,000 from the pharmaceutical and health services industry — $448,000 from pharmaceutical interests and $297,000 from the health services industry. These totals include contributions to Senators over the last six-year election cycle (1993-1998) and contributions to House members in the 1997-1998 cycle.

Contributions to members of the Medicare Commission from these industries went overwhelmingly to members supporting the Breaux plan. Of the total $745,000 contributed by these two industries, $686,000 (92%) went to those supporting the Breaux plan, while those opposing the Breaux plan collected just $59,000 (8%).

Pharmaceutical interests contributed a total of $448,000 to Members of the Commission — $397,000 (89%) to those supporting the Breaux plan and $51,000 (11%) to those against. The health services industry contributed a total of $297,000 — $289,000 (97%) to those supporting the Breaux plan and just $8,000 (3%) to those opposing the Breaux plan.

PAC and Individual Campaign Contributions to Senate and Congressional Members of the Medicare Commission*
 

Pharmaceutical Industry

Health Services Industry/HMOs

Total Amount

Senator John Breaux

$66,000

$66,000

$132,000

Senator Bill Frist

$160,000

$76,000

$236,000

Senator Phil Gramm

$28,000

$6,000

$34,000

Senator J. Robert Kerrey

$61,000

$73,000

$134,000

Rep. Michael Bilirakis

$34,000

$13,000

$47,000

Rep. Bill Thomas

$48,000

$55,000

$103,000

Senator John Rockefeller IV

$6,000

$5,000

$11,000

Rep. John Dingell

$37,000

$2,000

$39,000

Rep. James McDermott

$8,000

$1,000

$9,000

Total

$448,000

$297,000

$745,000

 

* Figures derived from Federal Election Commission reports and by the Center forResponsive Politics (www.crp.org). Figures for Senators include PAC and individualcontributions over the last six-year cycle (1993-1998); figures for House Members are forthe 1997-1998 election cycle. “Health Services Industry” includes all HealthMaintenance Organizations (HMOs) and other outpatient health services.

PAC and Individual Campaign Contributions to Senate and Congressional Members of the Medicare Commission*
 

Pharmaceutical Industry

Health Services Industry/HMOs

Total Amount

Supporting Breaux Plan

$397,000

$289,000

$686,000

Opposing Breaux Plan

$51,000

$8,000

$59,000

Total

$448,000

$297,000

$745,000