Monday, March 23, 2015

SB828 sponsor, Sen. David Sanders Gets $76,000 From Medical Industry

In A Campaign with No Opponent In The Primary or General

Sen. David Sander (R-Dist 15)
by Debbie Pelley, Women's Prayer and Action Group: Senator David Sanders was one of the main architects of the Obamacare Private Option and one of its strongest advocates.  He is now the sponsor of SB828, hailed by many as the worst bill of the session, which basically drives Arkansas deeper into Obamacare, hands everything over to bureaucracy, and cuts out the legislature's involvement in future health care decisions. Everyone is shocked and asking why a Republican would file such a bill?

Under the Private Option, the working poor and middle class are already picking up the tabs through taxes even for those uninsured adults with no children to have all kinds of surgeries, knee replacements, preventive care, pregnancies, etc. while the hard-working taxpayers themselves can't even take their own children to the doctor because they can't pay the high deductibles - the perfect Obama redistribution-of-wealth plan. So how could a Republican want more Obamacare in Arkansas?

It would be hard NOT to believe that Sanders was influenced to file SB828 by the amount of money he raised from medical related contributions.  In Sanders' 2012 election he received $22,305 (15%) of his money from medical related contributions. In 2014, after being one of the main architects of the Private Option and one of its most vocal defenders, Sanders' medical related contributions totaled $76,355.00, slightly more than 50% of his total campaign contributions of $151,255.00Sanders had no opponent in the primary or the general election in this 2014 campaign.

Further, Sanders raised 91% of his money in this election from out of his district, and 20% of his total contributions came from out of state ($30,050.00).  So who is Sanders representing, the medical industry or the citizens in his district and in Arkansas?

Anyone following Medicaid Expansion at all knows the hospitals and medical industries love the Arkansas Private Option and have lobbied hard for it and other Obama healthcare. Everyone should also know that the medical industry has a great deal to profit from the Private Option.  With more than 200,000 enrollees under the PO who now have insurance to pay for more extensive coverage than most wealthy people did before Obamacare, the medical industry will be the recipients of oodles of  government money - taxpayer money.

Is it any wonder that a tsunami of money from the medical industry has now hit the Arkansas House and Senate since 2010?  It's not a comforting thought that the medical industry cares more about their economy than people's health, but most realize that is a fact of life. (Of course there are some health care workers that care more about people than the money).

But most of us are not yet willing to accept as a fact of life that our Republican legislators follow the same principle of looking at their pocketbooks rather than the interest of the people who sent them to Little Rock.  That is why we keep hearing the question over and over, and especially in regard to SB828,  "Why would the Republican governor and legislators who were elected to vote for smaller government, less bureaucracy and centralization of power, and lower taxes keep filing all these bills that sound more like the Democrats are still in charge?"

When some of us look at the overall contributions to some of these legislators, it seems pretty obvious why they file such bills - their loyalty is to the medical industry rather than the citizens of Arkansas.  A few powerful Republican leaders and Democrats are banding together and thwarting the strong conservative mandate of the people and making many people think the whole Republican party has gone amuck.  When hard working parents can't even afford to take their children to the doctor because of the high deductibles, they're not going to appreciate anything else the Republicans do if they don't fight for them by working against Obamacare.

"The Kaiser Family foundation analysis released Wednesday finds that most families don’t have enough assets to cover a mid- to higher-range deductible in a private health insurance plan...deductibles are up nearly 50 percent since 2009... In 2015 plans offered through Healthcare.gov, the average combined medical and drug deductible for single coverage in a silver plan was $2,556."

Sanders raised so much money in his unopposed race in  2014 that he sent money back to many of his contributors and was able to give $10,000 on 12/28/14 to his employer (Arkansas Baptist School)  the 501-C3 nonprofit for whom he works as Director of Institutional Advancement (fund raiser),  $5,000 on 11/3/14 to a PAC for which he is President (Building a Better Arkansas Pac) and $10,000 on 12/30/14 to another 501-C3 in Washington, D. C. as well as other donations. Raising that much money is the best safeguard a candidate can have to deter an opponent in the next election because overcoming those odds is a daunting task. Sanders raised $95,890 from July 1 to September 30, 2013 in the Primary.   . 

If any legislator thinks it is easy or enjoyable for those of us who confront the Republican legislators to do so, just think about how you feel when you think about confronting your Republican governor or House and Senate leader.  We know we are subject to the same criticism, hostility, and marginalizing as you would be in that situation.  We only do what we think we must for our families, country, and freedom.  We greatly appreciate those legislators who stand with us!

Link to Kaiser study on high deductibles: ttp://www.benefitspro.com/2015/03/11/higher-deductibles-out-of-reach-for-many "Higher Deductibles Out of Reach For Many"

Link to Financial Disclosure statements search: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/filing_search/index.php/filing/search/new   Search for David J. Sanders without putting in anything else and all reports will come up.

a. Go to 12/31/14 Final Campaign Contribution & Expenditure Report for the $5,000 donations to Sanders' own Pac and his $10,000 donation to his employer. Arrow down about 3/4 of the way into the document and look for page 1.

His employer is Arkansas Baptist School and his PAC is Building a Better Arkansas.

b. Go to 10/15/2013 Primary for the report where Sanders raises $95,890 from July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013 in the Primary. Arrow all the way to the bottom for the contributions because he uses an attachment.

c. You can also find where Sanders and his wife work at the above link.
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Link to PAC's  in Arkansas (244 of them) with officers names - http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Documents/2015%20Political%20Action%20Committees.pdf or http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/pacReports.aspx.  Look for the name of the PAC above to find that Sanders is the President. ---------------
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1 comment:

Noah Steffy said...

Jail him and anyone selling votes.