Reviewing payment increases to hospitals as a result of the 2003 Medical Monetization Act, researchers analyze the impacts of these payment increases on politicians themselves. They find that members of Congress who voted in favor of the act were more likely to represent districts that receive such payment increases, and were also more likely to receive large campaign contributions before and after the program was extended.
Abstract and Citation
Politics and Health Care Spending in the United States
Zack Cooper, Amanda E Kowalski, Eleanor N Powell, and Jennifer Wu
NBER Working Paper No. 23748
August 2017, Revised in September 2020
JEL No. D72,H51,I10,I18,P16