Political action committees of the 5 biggest for-profit health insurers - Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and United Health – are making large campaign donations to almost as many congressional Democrats as Republicans, in order to counter growing popular support for single payer insurance. As much as they oppose single payer, commercial insurers promote Medicare Advantage plans, which have become increasingly profitable to private insurers. The Coalition for Medicare Choices, created by AHIP, claims to be for the people, but is lobbying Congress to protect insurers’ Medicare Advantage profits.
Insurers’ donations to House Democrats by company as % of total contributions to date
Health Insurers Writing Big Checks to Democrats as Single Payer Support Grows by Wendell Potter on Tarbell.org
Read why Wendell Potter believes that increasing contributions from the health industry are directly related to public support for single-payer, Medicare for All. HCACF Board member Michele Swenson views this as an action: "To Counter Single Payer Support & Promote Profitable Medicare Advantage Plans"