Open Secrets on where healthcare industry political donations go:
Other key 2012 election contributors within the industry included the Cooperative of American Physicians, the American Dental Association, and the American Medical Association. The top recipient of health professional contributions was GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who received nearly $13 million, followed by President Barack Obama, who received nearly $11 million. The industry favored Republicans over Democrats in contributions as it has in the past — 57 percent of contributions went to Republicans whereas 43 percent went to Democrats….
The industry’s top concern so far in 2013 remains the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, especially as it pertains to physician pay.
GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a “doc fix” that avoids a 24 percent pay cut to physicians under Medicare — which will automatically take effect on April 1 unless Congress acts. Inaction would disrupt the health care system, in part by causing many doctors to stop accepting Medicare patients.
If I was a Democratic strategist, my only comment on this proposal would be do we want to hold the vote on Tuesday or Wednesday in order to give the public relations and more importantly the donor relations shops enough time to get their talking points together.
From a Republican point of view, it is a stupid proposal as it goes nowhere while pissing off a major donor base that will swing its money to protect its interests.