DATA RELEASE: CA-AB52: Health Insurance Rate Hikes - Money and Votes Divide along Party Lines in Committee Hearing

July 8, 2011 - The California Senate Committee on Health voted (5-3) to pass AB 52, a bill that would require health insurance plans and rate increases to be approved by a state board. Accident & health insurance groupsHMOs, and hospitals were joined by Chambers of commerce and Pro-business organizations in opposing the bill. Other interest groups such as physicians and health care institutions were split between support and opposition. The bill was supported by a large collection of unions as well as social welfare and health policy groups. Click here to see a list of all recorded support and opposition by industry. Five Democrats voted in favor of passage, all three Republicans voted against passage and one lawmaker not voting, Democrat Michael Rubio.

Based on Contributions to the Members of California Senate Committee on Health:

  • Interest groups that opposed this motion gave on average 130% more to senators who voted 'NO' ($104,083) than to senators who voted 'YES' ($45,253).
  • Interest groups that supported this motion gave on average 157% more to senators who voted 'YES' ($285,280) than to senators who voted 'NO' ($110,881).
  • Accident & health insurance and General insurance company interest groups, which both opposed this motiongave on average 137% more to senators who voted 'NO' ($46,383) than to senators who voted 'YES' ($19,556).

Methodology: A MapLight analysis of reported campaign contributions to members of the California Senate Committee on Health on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

MapLight also compiled a table of the five accident and health industry organizations that have donated the most in campaign contributions to senators, with the three highest recipients listed after. Three of these organizations - Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, and the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies - have declared their explicit opposition to AB 52.

THE TOP FIVE CONTRIBUTING ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE ORGANIZATIONS:

Methodology: A MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to CA state senators from Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of CA, Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies, UnitedHealthcare from January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

Insurance Company  Total Amount Contributed to 
CA Senators
 Top Recipients Amount Received
       
Anthem Blue Cross $226,950    
    Ted Lieu $13,100
    Mimi Walters $11,800
    Abel Maldanado $11,400
       
Blue Shield of California $161,943    
    Ted Gaines $15,000
    Kevin De Leon $11,100
    Rod Wright $10,800
       
Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies $155,754    
    Ted Gaines $9,800
    Tony Strickland $8,250
    Jon Benoit $7,351
       
UnitedHealthcare $118,000    
    Bob Huff $10,600
    Tony Strickland $8,600
    Leland Yee $7,900
       
Aetna $92,000    
    Tom Harman $11,400
    Gloria McLeod $7,800
    Ted Gaines $7,300
       
     

Total contributions from all Accident and Health Insurance groups, 2008-2010 Election Cycles:  $1,103,186 


A link to this data release can be found here

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