Public policy is driven by who gets elected, who is most effective in Washington, and who has the most political visibility. The Society’s primary mechanism for influencing the policymaking process is STS-PAC. STS-PAC contributions help to ensure that cardiothoracic surgery has a strong voice in Washington and across the country. STS-PAC has helped the specialty achieve significant victories, including:
- Surgical Global Payments Preservation
- Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal
- Lung Cancer Screening Coverage
- TAVR Coverage Determination
What is STS-PAC?
STS-PAC stands for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Political Action Committee. PACs are formed by groups in order to advance the outcome of a political issue or election. STS-PAC was formed in 1997. Since then, it has raised millions of dollars from politically active cardiothoracic surgeons who want their voices heard in Congress.
Why does STS have a PAC?
The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits campaign donations directly from corporations, labor organizations, and other groups, including STS. Instead, organizations may establish separate bank accounts to collect voluntary donations and distribute that money to campaign coffers. When people contribute to PACs, their political voices are heard in full force with like-minded citizens.
Thousands of PACs have been organized, but STS-PAC is the only one that represents cardiothoracic surgery. STS-PAC disburses money in a nonpartisan manner to candidates in federal elections. Because of ethics laws that limit access to members of Congress, STS-PAC is one of the best ways to forge relationships with elected officials and convey the Society’s priorities in a fair and open manner. All contributions are public record.
Why give to a PAC?
Contributing to a PAC helps you get more out of your political contributions. The PAC pools together individual contributions into larger amounts that are given to campaigns. This “strength in numbers” approach also helps ensure that the PAC reaches as many elected officials as possible. STS-PAC fights to repeal the unsustainable formula used to calculate physician payment rates, reduce health care costs, enact medical liability reform, and improve quality of care. Contributions are only accepted from STS members who are US citizens.
STS surgeon leaders share what makes STS-PAC, the only political action committee that exclusively represents cardiothoracic surgery, so important and why should contribute.