Jonathan Bush, CEO of electronic health record vendor Athenahealth and cousin of Jeb Bush, matched Fetter's $100,000 donation to that super PAC, which can accept unlimited amounts from people and companies. Dr. Roger Medel, CEO of physician outsourcing company Mednax, pitched in $50,000 to Right to Rise USA. Boston-based Steward Health Care System CEO Dr. Ralph de la Torre donated $25,000 to the same political group, and R. Milton Johnson, CEO of HCA Holdings, the largest for-profit hospital company in the U.S., gave $10,000.
None of those four executives has sent funds to Trump's campaign coffers or any super PAC supporting him. Jonathan Bush, however, has given $2,700 to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
Kasich, who dropped out of the Republican race in May, also was a popular candidate among right-leaning healthcare executives. Kasich received $1,500 from David Holmberg, CEO of provider and health insurance system Highmark Health; and $2,700 from John Lechleiter, retiring CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. The Ohio governor also collected $2,700 from Athenahealth's Bush, making Bush one of the most politically active healthcare CEOs.
Even former Republican nominee Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who flamed out in March, has garnered more campaign funds from top healthcare executives than Trump. A $1,000 donation to Carson is linked to an address listed on other filings for HCA's Johnson.
Many of the healthcare executives who have not donated to Trump this election cycle have long histories of giving to Republican members of Congress as well as to former GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain. Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty, Select Medical Holdings Corp. CEO Robert Ortenzio, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association CEO Scott Serota, Pfizer CEO Ian Read and several others have each given thousands of dollars to leading anti-ACA Republicans such as Paul Ryan, former House Speaker John Boehner or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, who has steered cash toward numerous political candidates on both sides of the aisle over the years, donated $1,000 toward Clinton's senate re-election campaign in 2005. But he has not given anything to either major party candidate during this cycle.
Clinton wasn't the first liberal choice for some healthcare leaders.
Geisinger's Feinberg and Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, each donated to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign before he left the race. RoseAnn DeMoro, head of National Nurses United, endorsed and donated roughly $2,000 to the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who supports a single-payer system. DeMoro has since stayed on the sidelines.