I think it is important to mention that Big Pharma likes to take credit for drug research to support the contention that they are move valuable than they really are. The purpose is so they can have an excuse for making lots of money off of medication. Big Pharma farms out the research, just so you know.
Big Pharma’s corrupt deal to support Obamacare is old news but now we have the smoking gun.
The NY Times broke the story that Obama colluded with Big Pharma to block a plan that would reduce the cost of medicine in exchange for Pharma’s support of Obamacare.
House Republicans recently obtained the smoking gun in the form of three years of emails between Obama and Big Pharma. It was one more corrupt payoff to pass the bill no one but a minority wanted.
Big Pharma was concerned about the plan to bring medicine prices down, but the WH assured them it was not a problem –
On June 3, 2009, one of the lobbyists e-mailed Nancy-Ann DeParle, the president’s health care adviser. Ms. DeParle reassured the lobbyist. Although Mr. Obama was overseas, she wrote, she and other top officials had “made decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation” on a different proposal.
There are a whole new batch of emails showing the advertising campaign they agreed to in exchange –
The e-mail exchange three years ago was among a cache of messages obtained from the industry and released in recent weeks by House Republicans — including a new batch put out Friday detailing the industry’s advertising campaign supporting Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul. The broad contours of his dealings with the industry were known in 2009, but the newly public e-mails open a window into the compromises underlying a health care law now awaiting the judgment of the Supreme Court.
Forgetting that the deal was bribery, which many people go to jail for, what about the hypocrisy of it and does the end justify the means –
Republicans see the deal as hypocritical. “He said it was going to be the most open and honest and transparent administration ever and lobbyists won’t be drafting the bills,” said Representative Michael C. Burgess of Texas, a Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee examining the deal. “Then when it came time, the door closed, the lobbyists came in and the bills were written.”
This is what the left and Big Pharma are saying –
“Republicans trumpeting these e-mails is like a fox complaining someone else raided the chicken coop,” said Robert Reich, who was labor secretary under President Bill Clinton. “Sad to say, it’s called politics in an era when big corporations have an effective veto over major legislation affecting them and when the G.O.P. is usually the beneficiary.”
In a statement, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry lobby known as PhRMA, called its interactions with the White House part of its mission to “ensure patient access” to high-quality medicine: “Before, during and since the health care debate, PhRMA engaged with Congress and the administration to advance these priorities,” the lobby statement said.
This is what Barack Obama said when he was campaigning the last time (actually, has he ever stopped campaigning?) –
“The pharmaceutical industry wrote into the prescription drug plan that Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies,” Mr. Obama said in a campaign advertisement,referring to 2003 legislation. “And you know what? The chairman of the committee who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry making $2 million a year.”
Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, and Nancy DeParle were all deeply involved but aren’t talking –
Mr. Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago; Mr. Messina, now the president’s campaign manager; Ms. DeParle, now deputy White House chief of staff; and Mr. Bryant, now heading his own firm, all declined to comment.
The Washington Post said Barack Obama wasn’t transparent on the issue. What about the bribery part?
Liberals are saying the House Republicans wasted a million dollars of tax payer money on the investigation which uncovered this illicit collusion. I say it was money well-spent. Barack could have saved us the million dollars by not stonewalling, how about that?