"And it's hard to say what the totals on cash to Republicans or Democrats mean without looking at the specific contributions. A lot of the [fiscally conservative] Blue Dog Democrats were as opposed to health care reform as the Republicans were," he said.
"What's at stake for [the health care industry and the insurance industry] is profit," said Mr. Potter, a former insurance company executive who now works as a consumer advocate. "And by profit, I mean: Will these industries continue to rake in obscene profits or will they begin to see their margins squeezed? Because these reforms, if implemented as intended, will curb profiteering."