Obama is the Drug Companies' B-tch

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    Well-well-well - for those who have attempted to decry the insurance industry as the great Satan, here we have the White House being bought and paid for in full by the massive power of the drug industry.

    Wonder what backroom deal was agreed to for this help as it pertains to the proposed Obamacare?

    RealClearPolitics - Politics - Aug 08, 2009 - Drug industry helping Obama overhaul health care

    Drug industry helping Obama overhaul health care
    David Espo
    The nation's drugmakers stand ready to spend $150 million to help President Barack Obama overhaul health care this fall, according to numerous officials, a staggering sum that could dwarf attempts to derail Obama's top domestic priority.

    The White House and allies in Congress are well aware of the effort by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a somewhat surprising political alliance, given the drug industry's recent history of siding with Republicans and the Democrats' disdain for special interests.

    The campaign, now in its early stages, includes television advertising under PhRMA's own name and commercials aired in conjunction with the liberal group, Families USA.

    Numerous people with knowledge of PhRMA's plans said they had been told it would likely reach $150 million and perhaps $200 million. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to divulge details
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    Additionally, the industry is the major contributor to Healthy Economy Now, which recently completed a $12 million round of advertising nationally and in several states. The ads were made by firms with close ties to Democrats and the White House and generally reflected the administration's changing rhetoric on health care.

    In an interview, Ken Johnson, senior vice president of PhRMA, said, "We will have a significant presence over the August recess, both on television and newspapers and on radio, but we have not finalized details for our fall campaign."

    Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said the partnership with the deep-pocketed drug industry is one of mutual self-interest, even though the two groups disagree on numerous issues. "We want to achieve coverage for everyone. For PhRMA, this would improve volume for prescription sales because everyone" would have better access to medicine, he said.

    Any health care bill that makes it to Obama's desk is expected to extend health insurance to the nearly 50 million who now lack it. That would mean a huge new pool of potential customers for drug companies and other health care providers. That, in turn, has created an incentive to offer concessions to the White House and lawmakers in hopes of shaping the bill, rather than simply opposing it.




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    Completely agree with you on that one. That whole deal stinks.
     
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    NOW, you want to bitch about PhRMA? Where were you when Bush gave them this sweetheart deal?
     
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    Can't speak for Sinatra, but personally I was bitching about Bush. And yes, as far as I'm concerned, the corruption of the Bush administration was horrid and tops what's going on at the moment - but who cares? That's done with; we need to live in the present tense. The main benefit of this plan is to get out from under the thumb of corporations that wield too much power over the life and death of American citizens. If the government plan starts going for sweetheart deals with drug companies, then it's no different from what we have now, with the exception of expanding welfare eligibility for health coverage. Which arguably may offer some benefit, but in the end only serves to prolong and worsen the problem.

    I understand his reasoning - give a little to get the backing - but I'd almost rather the bill didn't pass than to have it pass because of once again bowing to corporate tyranny. Just goes to show where the real power in this country lies as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    hysterical... bush makes a deal with the pharmaceutical companies that we can't negotiate price... even given the huge buying power or medicare/medicaid....

    and now sinatra the loon is worrying?
     
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    Are you going to come to your senses and realize that they all are crooks ?
     
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    i think some crooks have an agenda that benefits us more than the other crooks.

    but the idiot wasn't whining when bush did his little dance on our pocketbooks.
     
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    Naive .... that's what I think of reading your post.
     
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    How are you defining "us" ?
     
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    I agree.
     

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