Senators Call for Health Care Delay, Receive Big Campaign Contributions

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Six senators called for a seventy day hold on voting on health care reform legislation today, according to the Huffington Post. The senators involved include three Democrats, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu and Ron Wyden, two Republicans, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and one Independent, Joe Lieberman. Each these senators has raised at least $1 million from the health and insurance sectors combined over the course of their respective careers. What could seventy days do for their campaign coffers?

(Some of these senators are not in cycle right now and are not raising much money right now, but, hypothetically, this is the money they could be raising considering the amounts they have raised over the course of their career.)

Sen. Susan Collins raised $1,559,446 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of her career. Her first day in office was January 7, 1997. In total, she has served 4,574 days as a United States Senator. This calculates out to her raising $341 every day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $23,870.

Sen. Mary Landrieu raised $1,676,353 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of her career. Her first day in office was January 7, 1997. In total, she has served 4,574 days as a United States Senator. This calculates out to her raising $366.50 every day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $25,655.

Sen. Joe Lieberman raised $3,593,771 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of his career. His first day in office, as a senator, was January 3, 1989. In total, he has served 7,136 days as a United States Senator. This works out to him raising $504 a day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $35,280.

Sen. Ben Nelson raised $2,257,165 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of his career. His first day in office, as a senator, was January 3, 2001. In total, he has served 3,118 days as a United States Senator. This works out to him raising $724 a day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $50,680.

Sen. Olympia Snowe raised $1,147,630 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of her career. Her first day in office was January 4, 1995. In total, she has served 5,309 days as a United States Senator. This calculates out to her raising $216 every day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $15,120.

Sen. Ron Wyden raised $1,414,911 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of his career. His first day in office, as a senator, was February 6, 1996. In total, he has served 4,911 days as a United States Senator. This works out to $288 every day from the health and insurance sectors. Seventy more days would yield $20,160.

Factor in lobbying into these seventy days and the amount of spending around this bill could skyrocket. If we go by the numbers presented by the Washington Post, that the health sector is spending $1.4 million a day on lobbying, then we’ll find another seventy days would allow the industry to spend another $98 million.

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  • You know it is unconscionable, immoral and obscene that our great country has its priorities upside down and backwards. We have deprived the rest of we Americans the many dignities of life with every bomb and bullet produced. Rather than quibble about math and percentages; and past performances, let’s look at the quality of life that the majority of Americans have or don’t have today. We as citizens should be ashamed and embarrassed that our U.S. Senators have some of the best health care in the country and the majority of their constituents have none.

  • i don’t understand why the medicare people get all theed favoratism, and us medicaid people arn’t treated properly becaus of the medicaid insurance we have. i got declined to see eye dr’s and physical therapy because i’m on medicaid, yet medicare people can do what they want with their insurane. it’s not fair.

  • EDIT: You know – it should be divided by 533 – all senators and congressmen save Sen. Saunders and Rep. Kucinich – maybe others.

    Even so, 1.4M x 70 / 535 = $183,178.

  • Wouldn’t it be better to multiply $1.4M by 70 days and then divide by 100? Or, if you prefer to leave out Bernie Saunders, by 99?

    The equation would be:

    ($1.4/day)(70 days)/(99 senators)= $989,899 per senator

    That seems to be much more accurate.

  • kd ball

    And your point is?

    You think we should rush the bill through just so these clowns don’t get these campaign contributions?

  • elephant4life

    Since you’re all about transparency and reporting the facts, try reporting that Senator Wyden is the author of the Healthy Americans Act, introduced in Jan. 2007 and re-introduced this year, and that most if not all of the other five are co-sponsors.

    If you are as much of an investigative journalist as I’m sure your ego wants to believe, go to Senator Wyden’s website where you will find masses of information on his plan, as well as analyses from think tanks regarding its feasibility and affordability.

    Or are you too much of a Pelosi/Obama/Dodd/Kennedy/Rangel lemming to actually bother to gather ALL the facts?