There was a really important money and politics story yesterday on the front page of The New York Times. It noted that the Democrats are now getting more money from the health care sector of givers than the Republicans. (Historically, health care has always given more to the GOP.) Candidate Clinton is getting the most of the dough. The Times, working with our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics, found the industry is giving to get an inside track with the potential next president.
No great surprise here and the story confirms the reason. It quotes an advisor to healthcare corporations: "For many people in the industry," he said, "these contributions are a defensive measure. Health care is the No. 1 domestic policy issue, and they want access, a seat at the table." And another quote: "Everybody in the industry knows that health care reform is on its way," said the president of the Greater New York Hospital Association. "You have only two decisions: sit on the sidelines or get on the field," he adds.
Maybe we need to start up a new site:how about Promisekeeper.com?