In all, the Democratic presidential candidates have raised about $6.5 million from the health-care industry, compared with nearly $4.8 million for the Republican candidates, according to an article last week in The New York Times.
At $2.7 million, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has raised the most money from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, which is ironic considering that her proposed health-care plan (pdf) would significantly increase costs for private insurance companies.
According to the article, this irony is leading critics to suspect candidates of catering to certain lobbies in return for campaign cash. Then again, health care is the major domestic issue in the campaign.
“Everybody in the industry knows that health care reform is on its way, and you have only two decisions: sit on the sidelines or get on the field,” said Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association.