When any person is running for candidacy, who they are is one matter, but who their DONORS are is another. For this reason and more, Joe’s connection to a big moneymaker in the prison sector is worrisome. One of his top donors is involved in making money off of prisoners in an exploitative way.
According to the Intercept, “Michael F. Neidorff is the CEO and chair of Centene — a health insurance company that’s a major player in the prison health care market.” He also happens to be one of Biden’s top donors. The prison health care industry may seem harmless, but it’s not.
Prison healthcare is often horrible, and leads to avoidable deaths through neglect, mistreatment, and abuse. This is a major concern for Black people, who experience many health issues disproportionately and are more likely to be incarcerated. It’s no simple problem.
Big donors endorse candidates to get something in return. The prison healthcare industry makes a lot of money off of prisons, and wants to continue doing so. It’s worth asking Joe if he’ll make sure their interests don’t come before Black people’s.