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Had any commentator predicted in 1994 that the health care industry would one day be an important financial contributor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, that person would have been laughed out of the commentariat.
After the fall of Hillarycare, everyone assumed that Mrs. Clinton and “the health care industrial complex” would be sworn enemies until one or the other prevailed in the final battle between good and evil. Well, the times they are achanging.
This chart comes from The Center for Responsive Politics, which shows Hillary on the receiving end of more money from the health care industry than any other Presidential candidate. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of where her $3.6 million came from:
Health Professionals: $2,331,527
Hospitals/Nursing Homes: $520,631
Pharmaceutical/Health Products: $349,270
Health Services/HMO: $326,456
Misc Health: $142,743
So, what’s behind this phenomenon? Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome? Or is the health care industry betting that Hillary is really the candidate of the status quo?