In a rare attack of conscience, the mainstream press actually reported the latest under-the-table dealings in Washington, and we will pay the price, as usual.
New York Times, Donald D. Kirkpatrick:
“White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost” – “Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion.”
Huffington Post, Ryan Grim:
“Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways in White House Deal With Big Pharma”
“A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.”
LATimes.com, Tom Hamburger:
“Obama gives powerful drug lobby a seat at healthcare table”
“As a candidate for president, Barack Obama lambasted drug companies and the influence they wielded in Washington. He even ran a television ad targeting the industry’s chief lobbyist, former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin, and the role Tauzin played in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices.”
This seems outrageous to me! How can one industry, Big Pharma, have so much influence and control over our elected leaders? The President promised, while a candidate, to clean up this very type of thing. But, not even a year into his term, he’s playing “footsie” under the table with Big Pharma – and they’re laughing all the way to the bank.
He lied to the voters before the election, he lied to the people by denying this agreement, and once again Big Pharma is in the money-funded driver’s seat. They’re the ones running this country, not our elected sheep. Excuse me, I meant to say, elected congressmen and senators.
What do you think about this? I seems illegal to me, but I’m not an attorney. I suppose they could just pass another law giving themselves permission to accept bribes and lie to the public. In fact, I think they already did.
What are we doing to support our industry associations? Every dollar counts. Certainly the natural products industry can’t match Big Pharma’s bottomless well of money, but every bit helps. Maybe we don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to give perks to hundreds of thousands of “yes-men” doctors, but we do have the potential, and the ability to reach out and inform hundreds of thousands of people in this country. Let’s use our influence to lobby the voters. These are the people who, in greater numbers every day, are seeing the dangers and wrongness of Big Pharma. With enough pressure on congress, maybe we’ll start to see some change for the better.
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/13/internal-memo-confirms-bi_n_258285.html
York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/health/policy/06insure.html
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