A week after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told her San Francisco constituents “I’m not there” when it comes to supporting a single-payer health care system, she accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of donations from a lobbying firm representing pharmaceutical companies, doctor trade associations, and health insurers.
“If single-payer health care is going to mean complete takeover by the government of all health care. I am not there,” Feinstein said last Wednesday at a town hall, eliciting a loud chorus of boos.
A week later, Feinstein’s re-election campaign threw a D.C. fundraiser at Avenue Solutions, the office of a lobbying firm for pharmaceutical companies and health care industries which oppose the universal, government-run single payer system. Attendees of the event had to pay between $1,000 – $5,000 to attend.
One-third of Feinstein’s donations have come from lobbyists and PACs ($592,000) since the beginning of her fourth full term in 2013.
Some recent Feinstein donors include lobbyists for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, as well as representatives of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
According to a recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans support a single-payer system, with that number likely being even higher in Feinstein’s mostly-progressive state of California.
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