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Grassley Receives $150K From Health Insurance Industry

The Huffington Post   Jenna Staul First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:35 PM ET

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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley took in $154,350 in third-quarter campaign donations from the health insurance industry, according to the Public Campaign Action Fund.

Grassley, a ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which voted down a health reform earlier this year, has received at least $3.3 million from the health care industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

"Sen. Grassley was showered with health industry contributions while the Finance Committee was meeting to discuss health care legislation," said David Donnelly, national programs director for the Public Campaign Action Fund."

Grassley has stated that he will not support reform legislation that includes a public option.

"It'd be very difficult for me to support any public option, which is another word for a government-run health care plan, or another new entitlement on top of Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, which are already bankrupt," Grassley said in October. "Can we afford any more entitlements?"

As the Senate Finance Committee took a lead role in crafting health care legislation, campaign contributions from the health care industry flowed to its members, including Chairman Max Baucus.

Baucus was already a leading recipient of health-care cash, taking in nearly $1.5 million through political action committees in 2007 and 2008.

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