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A story from 08/13/2009 said…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. The memo, which according to a knowledgeable health care lobbyist was prepared by a person directly involved in the negotiations, lists exactly what the White House gave up, and what it got in return.
It says the White House agreed to oppose any congressional efforts to use the government’s leverage to bargain for lower drug prices or import drugs from Canada — and also agreed not to pursue Medicare rebates or shift some drugs from Medicare Part B to Medicare Part D, which would cost Big Pharma billions in reduced reimbursements. In exchange, the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) agreed to cut $80 billion in projected costs to taxpayers and senior citizens over ten years. Or, as the memo says: “Commitment of up to $80 billion, but not more than $80 billion.”
Originally posted by underduck
Is it just me or does The Huffington Post lose most credibility when you look to the right and see the second most popular topic of discussion on thier forums is "Hilary Swank Sleeps Naked, Stays Naked In Front Of..."
But absolutely nothing would suprise me concerning Washington politians and Big "any business". Pick your poison America ... if you want Republicans in they will back Big Oil ... if you want Democrats in they will back Big Pharm. It sucks that we are down to a two party system but thats what we have right now and I dont see it changing anytime soon.
Originally posted by willow1d
reply to post by underduck
I also believe that as our generations have grown people have become more and more lazy.
I should be pissed and running up and down, writing letters to my congressman, making phone calls to anyone who might listen ... but I wont. Why? I am lazy and I see it as a lost cause.
Originally posted by underduck
Even look at this thread for instance. "WH & Big Pharma secret agreement" in the Breaking Political News Forum .... its been up for a couple of hours now and this thread has turned into two people going back and forth saying, "yeah it sucks ... go figure." I should be pissed and running up and down, writing letters to my congressman, making phone calls to anyone who might listen ... but I wont. Why? I am lazy and I see it as a lost cause. All we can really do is be aware and teach our kids to do the same.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Already a thread here: Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma from 2 months ago.
[edit on 12/10/2009 by Iamonlyhuman]
Originally posted by whaaa
reply to post by willow1d
I'm just curious willow1d; how upset were you when the Bush whitehouse held secret meetings with the oil companies and soon there after we saw $4.00 gas?
How about when the Bush WH made it illegal to buy cheaper drugs in Canada.
Did you campaign against the neocons with your bumperstickers and lawn signs?
Forgive me this thread belongs here .........www.abovetopsecret.com...