May 2, 2017 – Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently told her constituents at a San Francisco town hall event that she’s not ready to support a single-payer health care system — an idea that has been gaining steam at the state level in California.
“If single-payer health care is going to mean complete takeover by the government of all health care,” the California Democrat said, “I am not there.”
A week later, Feinstein was even further from there, benefitting from a fundraising event at the Washington, D.C., office of Avenue Solutions, a lobbying firm that represents major health insurers, pharmaceutical companies and the primary trade association for doctors. The industries have historically opposed efforts to create a universal, government-run health care system — an idea supported by 58 percent of U.S. adults. Feinstein supporters at the event were expected to kick in $1,000 to $5,000 for her re-election bid.
A Feinstein spokesperson did not respond to MapLight’s request for comment.