Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M To 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare For All

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Above: Medicare for All Advocates marching. By Molly Adams from Flickr.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) recently rolled out House Democrats’ version of a Medicare for All proposal that would ensure all Americans have guaranteed healthcare.

The bill (H.R. 1384) has an impressive 106 co-sponsors, and has been called “the most ambitious Medicare-for-All plan yet” by Vox, which also reported the benefits the House bill contained were even more significant than the companion bill Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) first introduced in his chamber. Under Jayapal’s plan, private, for-profit health insurance plans would be eliminated, and all Americans would be covered by a government-administered single-payer healthcare plan.

Additionally, Rep. Jayapal’s bill — the Medicare for All Act of 2019 — calls for a two-year transition from the current system to the one she proposes, rather than a four-year transition, as Sanders proposed. The House bill would put everyone under the age of 19 and over the age of 55 on the single-payer plan after one year, and then everyone in between the following year.

“We will be pushing it as hard as we can and as fast as we can,” Rep. Jayapal said. “Enough nibbling around the edges. We really need to transform the system.”

Should the House bill become law, the system that would replace Medicaid and Medicare (healthcare programs for veterans and Indigenous peoples would remain) would provide even more coverage than the universal healthcare system in Canada, as Jayapal’s plan would cover long-term care services for nursing services. Americans would no longer have to come up with emergency room co-pays or fees for doctor’s visits. The only out-of-pocket spending would be on prescription drugs — which would come at a lower price due to the government negotiating on patients’ behalf.

However impressive 106 House Democrats co-sponsoring the bill may be, that number falls short of the 218 votes needed for a bill to pass the House of Representatives with a majority vote. Even though there are 235 House Democrats, 112 of the 130 House Democrats currently not listed as co-sponsors on Rep. Jayapal’s bill would need to come on board in order for the bill to be able to pass the chamber and go to the Senate.

As Grit Post reported last year, private health insurance companies (and pharmaceutical drug manufacturers) were spending big on making sure that Senate Democrats up for re-election in competitive races would allow the for-profit system to remain in place. And according to new research, it appears that the healthcare industry’s robust election spending also benefited House Democrats.

Using campaign finance data made publicly available by the Center for Responsive Politics, Grit Post calculated that donors in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries gave a combined $43,740,947 in career campaign donations to the 130 House Democrats who have not yet signed on as co-sponsors to Rep. Jayapal’s bill. House Democrats received anywhere from $9,570 in financial support from pharma and insurance to $3.2 million, depending on the member.

Of those 130 House Democrats not yet co-sponsoring the Medicare for All Act of 2019, 48 of them were elected in the “blue wave” of 2018. Additionally, not one member of House Democrats’ leadership has co-sponsored the bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), and House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) have all received generous donations from pharma and insurance (Hoyer alone received more than $2.5 million in career donations) throughout their Congressional careers.

Below are the names of all 130 House Democrats not co-sponsoring H.R. 1384, in alphabetical order. In some cases, donor data is not available, as that member is brand-new to Congress and their campaign finance reports have not yet been added to the database. In other cases, like that of Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii), members’ data is incomplete, as they have been redistricted to a new district, leaving a gap in campaign finance data.

Notations have also been made for House Democrats whose top donors are from the insurance and/or pharma industries. A star* denotes House Democratic leadership.

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1. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-California)

$246,337 since 2011

2. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas)

$65,815 since 2017

3. Rep. Cynthia Axne (D-Iowa)

(No data available)

4. Rep. Ami Bera (D-California)

$701,579 since 2009

5. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia)

$440,605 since 1991

6. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware)

$132,376 since 2015

7. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-New York)

$42,832 since 2017

8. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-California)

$146,246 since 2011

9. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois)

$384,569 since 2011

10. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina)

Pharma is #1 career donor

$595,661 since 2003

11. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-California)

$50,710 since 2017

12. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-California)

Pharma is #1 career donor

$445,841 since 2011

13. Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii)

$3,500 from insurance since 2017, no previous data available (Case has been in office since 2002)

14. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Illinois)

$46,186 since 2017

15. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Florida)

$178,726 since 2005

16. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)

$162,137 since 2011

17. Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-California)

$29,388 since 2017

*18. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina)

$1,497,893 since 1991

19. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia)

$196,350 since 2007

20. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee)

$388,309 since 1989

21. Rep. Lou Correa (D-California)

$150,370 since 2015

22. Rep. Jim Costa (D-California)

$127,550 since 2003

23. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Connecticut)

$582,823 since 2001

24. Rep. TJ Cox (D-California)

$19,702 since 2017

25. Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minnesota)

$109,106 since 2017

26. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Florida)

$317,960 since 1995

27. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado)

$52,079 since 2017

28. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

$341,500 since 2001

29. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland)

$124,475 since 1995

30. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-South Carolina)

$15,803 since 2017

31. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas)

$36,142 since 2017

32. Rep. Susan Davis (D-California)

$151,760 since 1999

33. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania)

$28,025 since 2017

34. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut)

$414,578 since 1989

35. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington)

$391,000 since 2009

36. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-New York)

$76,579 since 2017

37. Rep. Val Demings (D-Florida)

$59,335 since 2011 (2011-2017 data unavailable)

38. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida)

$121,255 since 2009

39. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)

$218,948 since 1989

40. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-California)

pharma is #1 donor

$1,822,033 since 1989

41. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pennsylvania)

$80,016 since 2015

42. Rep. Abbie Finkenauer (D-Iowa)

$41,678 since 2017

43. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas)

$39,511 since 2017

44. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Illinois)

$606,819 since 2007

45. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California)

$274,857 since 2009

46. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

$16,264 since 2017

47. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey)

$415,572 since 2015

48. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Connecticut)

$1,279,055 since 2007

49. Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Oklahoma)

$9,570 since 2017

50. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nevada)

$13,771 since 2017

51. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pennsylvania)

$69,441 since 2017

*52. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland)

$2,598,432 since 1989

*53. House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York)

$129,742 since 2011

54. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)

$32,200 since 1991

55. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

$55,956 since 1989

56. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Michigan)

$252,505 since 2011

57. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Washington)

$325,808 since 2011

58. Rep. Andy Kim (D-New Jersey)

$76,163 since 2017

59. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin)

Insurance is #1 donor

Pharma is #3 donor

$2,362,484 since 1995

60. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois)

$222,770 since 2011

61. Rep. Ann Kuster (D-New Hampshire)

$309,652 since 2009

62. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pennsylvania)

$93,849 since 2017

63. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington)

$312,250 since 1999

64. Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut)

Insurance is #1 donor

$2,126,131 since 1997

65. Rep. Al Lawson (D-Florida)

$99,300 since 2009

66. Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nevada)

$51,728 since 2017

67. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois)

$67,150 since 2003

68. Rep. David Loebsack (D-Iowa)

$331,877 since 2005

69. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California)

$365,603 since 1993

70. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-California)

$22,150 since 2011

71. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico)

$505,383 since 2007

72. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia)

$26,889 since 2017

73. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Massachusetts)

$439,984 since 2001

74. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-New Jersey)

$90,854 since 2017

75. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York)

$352,271 since 2011

76. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-California)

$615,250 since 2005

77. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah)

$37,859 since 2017

78. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Georgia)

$17,474 since 2017

79. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota)

$113,050 since 1999

80. Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Virginia)

$11,635 since 2017

81. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin)

Insurance is #1 donor

$769,701 since 2003

82. Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-New York)

$77,025 since 2017

83. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts)

$363,911 since 2013

84. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida)

$47,951 since 2017

85. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida)

$170,202 since 2015

86. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts)

Insurance is #1 donor

Pharma is #4 donor

$3,200,177 since 1989

87. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-New Jersey)

$277,800 since 2013

88. Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona)

$141,600 since 2015

89. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey)

Pharma is #2 donor

$1,902,778 since 1989

90. Rep. Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire)

$26,635 since 2017

91. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey)

$1,102,618 since 1995

*92. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

$1,029,376 since 1989

93. Rep. Scott Peters (D-California)

$662,678 since 2011

94. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota)

$188,000 since 1989

95. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minnesota)

$63,290 since 2017

96. Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands)

$23,700 since 2011

97. Rep. David Price (D-North Carolina)

$557,422 since 1989

98. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois)

$128,367 since 2007

99. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York)

$73,406 since 2017

100. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana)

$280,200 since 2007

101. Rep. Max Rose (D-New York)

$33,698 since 2017

102. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-California)

$57,583 since 2017

103. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California)

$341,258 since 2011

104. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland)

$136,040 since 2001

105. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania)

$27,525 since 2017

106. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Illinois)

$514,617 since 2011

107. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon)

Pharma is #2 donor

$776,699 since 2007

108. Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Washington)

$75,749 since 2017

109. Rep. David Scott (D-Georgia)

Insurance is #2 donor

$814,349 since 2001

110. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama)

Insurance is #2 donor

$773,065 since 2009

111. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Florida)

$41,412 since 2017

112. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California)

$680,780 since 1995

113. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-New Jersey)

$168,010 since 2017

114. Rep. Albio Sires (D-New Jersey)

$210,950 since 2005

115. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan)

$52,618 since 2017

116. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Florida)

$106,865 since 2015

117. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Virginia)

$88,946 since 2017

118. Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Arizona)

$18,364 since 2017

119. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Michigan)

$35,972 since 2017

120. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-New York)

$201,085 since 2015

121. Rep. Norma Torres (D-California)

$100,000 since 2013

122. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-New Mexico)

$32,213 since 2017

123. Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Massachusetts)

$43,772 since 2017

124. Rep. David Trone (D-Maryland)

$14,150 since 2017

125. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Illinois)

$39,099 since 2017

126. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-New Jersey)

$38,482 since 2017

127. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-California)

Insurance is #1 donor

$709,431 since 1991

128. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas)

$73,350 since 2011

129. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida)

$470,730 since 2003

130. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky)

$168,262 since 2005

Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.

  • rgaura

    So does this get the thumbs up by Steffie Woolhandler and Margaret Flowers? I know the devil is in the details.

  • This role-call of Neoliberal (i.e. fascist) members of the Democratic (sic) Party illustrates perfectly why the Improved Medicare for All movement — despite flooding our inboxes with press releases rendered utterly meaningless by deliberately deceptive optimism (plus a “Health Over Profit” website so totally censored ANY critical comment is instantly suppressed) — is simultaneously both the apex of absurdity and the depth of delusion.

    I almost never shout in Internet posts.

    But after witnessing the near-total destruction of the New Deal, even the Moronic Majority should understand that CAPITALISM CANNOT EVER BE REFORMED. Its knowing embrace of moral imbecility — of Absolute Evil — is eternally irremediable. HENCE THERE WILL BE NO IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL — NO U.S. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE AS A HUMAN-RIGHT — UNLESS IT IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY REVOLUTION.

    In other words, if we truly want Improved Medicare for All, our ONLY alternative is to organize and train for revolution.

    Yet how many more times must that be said?

    Meanwhile the utterly deluded U.S. Left — if indeed there even is such a thing — remains hopelessly powerless, paralyzed and isolated in the self-reinforced conformity of self-destructive optimism, whether due to counter-revolutionary cowardice or to a truly hallucinatory belief in “American Democracy” — the biggest, most toxic, most undoubtedly apocalyptic Big Lie in our species’ entire history.

    Which — because the Soviet Union despite its flaws was our planet’s ONLY source of the requisite training and discipline — illustrates precisely the terminal tragedy of the U.S.-led nullification and destruction not only of the Russian Revolution, but of all the other socialist revolutions — Chinese, Vietnamese, Yugoslavian, Cuban, Venezuelan, Congolese, etc. — the U.S.S.R. birthed and facilitated.

    Socialism? The USian Empire proved in Vietnam will literally blow up the world to suppress it. Never forget “we had to destroy the village to save it,” nor how easily such a policy would be expanded — is already being expanded — to include the total destruction of our Mother Earth.

  • David L. Allison

    Four from my state of Washington. I will be calling each of them. Please check your state and do the same. Thankfully none of mine are in so-called leadership.

  • How much do the Republican’ts get?