CVS is the third-largest retailer in the United States and it’s been one of the most vocal advocates for the healthcare law.
CVS is also the second-largest pharmacy chain, and has had a very aggressive lobbying push.
In the past several years, it has lobbied to have the Affordable Care Act repealed, a repeal that the Trump administration has been pushing hard to implement.
The company’s push for repeal started in late February, when the president tweeted that he was “sickened” by the legislation and would be moving to “repeal and replace.”
It wasn’t long before the Trump campaign released a video calling CVS and other drugstore chains “unpatriotic” and “out of touch.”CVS quickly responded to Trump, saying it is “a nation of consumers,” adding that it “will continue to support the Affordable Healthcare Act as long as it remains in place.”
As of Tuesday, the company’s position was clear: CVS would be the largest pharmacy chain in the country, and its push for the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act will continue.
So far, the Trump White House has not responded directly to CVS’ campaign, but President Donald Trump Jr. is a strong supporter of CVS.
According to Carens data, the chain has a 30% negative reaction rate for comments about the ACA, compared to a negative rate of only 11% for comments on the health care law.
In the first quarter of 2018, CVS received $10.5 billion in contributions from healthcare companies.