We are always hearing about the GOP and Big Oil. You know those terrible companies that make seven cents on the dollar and pay forty cents in federal taxes? What the Media forgets to talk about is the cozy relationship between democrats and the pharmaceutical industry. You know they guys who make twenty seven percent on the dollar and had their nose in the healthcare reform bill throughout the process.
Now the New York Times has revealed that their were e-mails that assured big Pharma that it would not allow importing drugs to lower costs. Transparency indeed! Negotiations on C-Span! Who carries water for who?
After weeks of talks, drug industry lobbyists were growing nervous. To cut a deal with the White House on overhauling health care, they needed to be sure that President Obama would stop a proposal intended to bring down medicine prices.
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.
Just like that, Mr. Obama’s staff signaled a willingness to put aside support for the reimportation of prescription medicines at lower prices and by doing so solidified a compact with an industry the president had vilified on the campaign trail. Central to Mr. Obama’s drive to remake the nation’s health care system was an unlikely collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry that forced unappealing trade-offs.
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.
- Here’s the Email That Saved, Ruined Health Care Reform (theatlanticwire.com)
- More 2009 e-mails show extent of drug industry’s involvement in health care push (hotair.com)
- Emails Detail Closed-Door White House Deal with PhRMA (speaker.gov)