Fox News’ Dana Perino Lied, Insurance Industry Isn’t Run By Democrats

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Fox News host Dana Perino misspoke when she claimed last week that most of the insurance industry is run by Democrats.

Perino’s liberal co-host Bob Beckel on “The Five” claimed that Republicans who fought to defund Obamacare were looking out for the insurance industry and not the American people.

“If you guys want to prostitute for the insurance industry, go ahead,” Beckel said during Thursday's show,

"The insurance industry is actually run by mostly Democrats and gave President Obama a lot of bull," argued Perino, the former White House press secretary under George W. Bush.

“That is true, Bob,” she added. “And the associations prove it.”

According to Politifact, that is not true. The two largest health insurance associations have contributed largely to Republicans.

The National Association of Health Underwriters contributed $1.74 million to Republicans since 2008 and just $494,000 to Democrats.

Since 2008, America's Health Insurance Plans contributed about $396,000 to Democrats compared to $436,000 to Republicans over the same period of time.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics the health insurance industry has contributed $94 million to Republicans since 2008 and $62 million to Democrats.

Politifact examined campaign contributions from the nation’s top health insurance providers and found that the majority of contributions from UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, WellPoint, and Humana go to Republicans.

“Perino claimed that the health insurance industry is run mostly by Democrats. We could find almost nothing to suggest that’s the case,” reported Politifact.

Sources: Fox News, Politifact