The recent Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law may be driving campaign contributions this campaign season, an analysis from Governing Magazine suggests.
The researchers looked at two states: Indiana and North Carolina. It determined that health care is primed to play a significant role in the state level races, particularly the gubernatorial battle between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton.
"According to Governing’s analysis, Dalton has received at least $17,200 post-Supreme Court from contributors with connections to health-care reform (out of $1.7 million for his entire candidacy), while McCrory has garnered $37,254 (out of $3.8 million). These are the early returns since the Court’s decision, and the number for both is likely higher: donations have only been disclosed through June 30. But there was some significant movement in the immediate aftermath of the ruling," wrote the magazine's Dylan Scott.
The contributions are breaking down along familiar lines, the magazine found, with health care providers who want the state to expand Medicare giving to Dalton and insurance companies opposed to the law's changes giving to McCrory.
The details from the report:
"Most notably, eight principals at AmWINS, an insurance firm based out of Charlotte, personally contributed a combined $18,000 to McCrory’s campaign in the three days following the Supreme Court’s decision. The company has published a number of "client advisories," available online, that express skepticism or trepidation about the ACA's impact on the insurance industry.
"Both namesakes for the Griffin Estep Benefit Group, another health insurance provider, personally contributed $1,000 each to McCrory after the ruling. A Northwestern Mutual insurance agent and an attorney with McGuire Woods, a consulting firm with clients that include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, gave $1,000 and $2,000, respectively, to McCrory.
"Dalton, on the other hand, saw money flowing in from supporters more likely to benefit from the kinds of health-care reform laid out in the ACA, particularly providers. John McNeil Jr., executive director of Liberty Healthcare Services, which provides skilled nursing and long-term care services, donated $4,000 to Dalton’s campaign the day after the Court’s ruling. C. Phillip Whitworth, a physician with Carolina Healthcare, also added $4,000, and Ann Goodnight, director of the SAS Institute, which operates a health-care center in Cary, N.C., handed Dalton $4,000 of her own."