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PACs of 5 For-Profit Health Insurers Have Given Over $1.6M to Campaigns of House Dems Since 1/1/18

Read Wendell Potter's article, Health Insurers Writing Big Checks to Democrats as Single Payer Support Grows, here.

According to Potter, Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth support Medicare Advantage, a privatized alternative to Medicare for All. Potter writes: "The companies have also invested heavily in lobbying efforts to protect the Medicare Advantage program from any proposed cuts. The Coalition for Medicare Choices claims to be a grassroots organization representing 2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, but it was created in 1999 by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s trade association. AHIP and the Coalition share the same office address in Washington, D.C."

Potter links to a webpage found on The Coalition for Medicare Choices website which lists the names of 363 members of Congress who signed a letter to protect Medicare Advantage in April. Among members of Congress from Michigan who signed the letter promoting Medicare Advantage:

  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) (202) 224-6221

  • Rep. Mike Bishop (R-CD 8) (202) 225-4872

  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-CD 2) (202) 225-4401

  • Rep. Dan Kildee (D-CD 5) (202) 225-3611

  • Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-CD 10) (202) 225-2106

  • Rep. John Moolenaar (R-CD 4) (202) 225-3561

  • Rep. Dave Trott (R-CD 11) (202) 225-8171

  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-CD 6) (202) 225-3761

  • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-CD 7) (202) 225-6276

A short email or phone call to each of these elected officials expressing your disapproval of their support of Medicare Advantage would be an easy action to take. At the same time (or in a separate action), urge the Congressmen to support HB 676, and urge Senator Peters to support SB 1804.

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