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The 13 GOP Senators Who Wrote Secret Obamacare Repeal Bill Took $2,776,012 From Pharma, Insurance Lobbyists

The thirteen Republican Senators who worked behind closed doors to rewrite the House’s American Health Care Act, received a combined $2,776,012 in campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries between November 2010 — the year Obamacare was passed — and November 2016, according to nonprofit journalism outfit MapLight.

The 13 lawmakers drafting the Senate legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act received an average of $214,000 in campaign contributions - nearly double the amount received by colleagues excluded from the process, according to a MapLight analysis.

Orrin Hatch topped the list, bringing in nearly half a million dollars, followed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who brought in $433,400.

Here’s a list of campaign contributions from insurance and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries to the senators drafting the secret health care bill:

  1. Orrin G. Hatch – $471,560
  2. Addison “Mitch” McConnell – $433,400
  3. Rob Portman – $382,100
  4. Patrick J. Toomey – $354,616
  5. Andrew Lamar Alexander – $228,100
  6. John Cornyn – $180,050
  7. Cory Gardner – $151,850
  8. John Barrasso – $149,750
  9. Mike Enzi – $146,600
  10. John Thune – $123,400
  11. Mike Lee – $66,750
  12. Ted Cruz – $58,895
  13. Tom Cotton – $28,941

Maplight notes:

Four of the senators working on the bill have received more than $300,000 from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Senators excluded from the process received an average of $115,000 from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.


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