Specialist docs bankroll Obamacare dismantler

Or how we get the best laws money can buy.

Best for those with the bucks, that is.

From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

The medical community’s better-paid specialists have poured at least $3.1 million over the past 13 years into the political committees of the orthopedist-turned-congressman who is charged with dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has long been an advocate for medical specialists, promoting a traditional, market-based health care system that critics say pays little heed to the nation’s soaring medical costs.

With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, Price will be set up for success in pushing major changes to President Barack Obama’s signature health care plan along with changes to Medicare and Medicaid, programs that together cover about 140 million Americans.


The specialists’ donations to Price represent more than 20 percent of his congressional campaign funding, a McClatchy analysis found, demonstrating the depth of support he has received from fellow doctors.

The reports – dating to 2004, when he won his first House election representing suburban Atlanta – showed that his benefactors include other institutions in the health care industry. More than a third of his total of $15 million in campaign donations have come from health care interests, which he would be responsible for regulating.


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