It was first reported back in 2009 that the Obama administration cut a deal with the PhRMA to break specific campaign promises he made about health care reform in exchange for PhRMA spending money to politically support the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 31, 2012 10:54 am|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:25 pm|
The bane of any functioning government system is corruption. Corruption doesn’t just cause unfair and poor allocation of resources, it eventually undermines faith in the government. This, in turn, can create an extremely destructive, self-reinforcing, downward spiral, eventually undermining the entire system.
The frightening thing for America is that there exists three main forms of political corruption, but, in this country, only one is illegal.
|By: Scarecrow Friday March 5, 2010 1:45 pm|
While defending the cost-cuting measures in the health reform bill, Budget Director Orszag and Health adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle slip in one whopper with cheese when describing the excise tax escalation rates.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 17, 2009 6:30 pm|
Sen. Byron Dorgan is unhappy that his amendment to the Senate health care bill on reimportation, which at one point appeared to have the votes for passage, failed after a late intervention from the Democratic leadership to preserve a deal with the drug industry. But Dorgan goes much further in pointing fingers specifically at the Obama Administration for the defeat, even intimating that the White House wrote a letter from the FDA about safety without the Commissioner’s knowledge.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 15, 2009 3:54 pm|
“If you like this pricing, where our people pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, don’t vote for this amendment,” said Byron Dorgan, right before the vote on his amendment to safely re-import prescription drugs from Canada, Europe and abroad. Robert Menendez, the Senator from Merck, got fired up in his speech, [...]
|By: David Dayen Friday December 11, 2009 6:50 am|
A deal between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry is holding up a bipartisan amendment to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from abroad. . .
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 11, 2009 6:08 am|
Harry Reid uses his control over procedure to do what Harry Reid wants to do. (Tell that fish story about “60 votes” and Joe Lieberman being the block to anything to someone else.) And what he wants to do is block Dorgan’s drug reimportation bill, and protect Obama’s PhRMA deal.