The shift in giving is apparent in the presidential contest, where leading Democratic Party candidates are raising more cash from doctors, nurses and other caregivers than are Republicans.
Hillary Clinton or Obama.”
The health care terrain does not all belong to Democrats, though.
Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, spearheaded his state’s bipartisan health plan, with its goal of providing health coverage to the state’s uninsured. Gruber was among those who advised Romney’s health team.
Romney’s work may be paying off. He is not far behind Clinton in contributions from health care professionals and leads her among employees of drug companies, the AP analysis shows.
“There is a change in the politics of health care reform that is in part reflected in these numbers,” said Anthony Corrado, a campaign finance expert at Colby College in Maine. “We have an increasing segment of health care professionals who recognize that the current system is gravely ill and that change is needed.”
Obama and Edwards have offered detailed plans that aim to provide universal insurance. Edwards’ requires everyone to have coverage; Obama’s does not.
On Thursday, another Democratic contender, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, proposed insurance coverage paid by businesses and individuals, with premiums based on their ability to pay.
Clinton has not been as specific, indicating she will roll out her plans over time. She has offered cost reduction proposals such as computerized medical records and emphasis on disease prevention and drug purchasing plans to reduce the price of medicines.
Sheila Krumholz, the center’s executive director, cautioned about reading too much into contribution figures, saying donors at this stage were more likely to be driven by personal ideology than by industry considerations.