Oh those eeeeeeevil insurance companies… Can’t you just hear all the liberals having a kipnipshin fit? Oh wait, they had no clue that Obama made a deal with big pharma! Some of them feel that if they don’t look it won’t exist but others don’t realize he made a deal because he lacks the transparency that he had originally promised the American public while he was campaigning. This hope and change seems a lot like the same old same.
Here’s a little snippet of what Obama said during his campaign compared side-by-side to the current anger demonstrated at tea party protests about the health care bill, which the American public know nothing about, nor will anybody in Congress read it and clarify what each section states.
This Health Care deal promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices, similar to what Bush did in 2007. Obama promising a big lobbyist group one thing for another undermines fair play and his promise to switch from politics as usual – not to mention it’s a major conflict of interest.
Based upon the video/audio footage recovered regarding Obama’s stance on government-run health care, I also feel that this could turn into a back-handed deal. I would not put it past a Chicago politician to strike a deal to receive help, to then turn around and take back everything that was discussed to arrive at his final destination: Single-payer. In return for the government’s compromise, the insurance company has stipulated it will cut nearly $80B in taxpayer costs and will spend $150M in advertising support for ObamaCare.
Deals in DC are made all the time but here is specifically why this undermines our democracy:
But I also care about democracy, and the deal between Big Pharma and the White House frankly worries me. It’s bad enough when industry lobbyists extract concessions from members of Congress, which happens all the time. But when an industry gets secret concessions out of the White House in return for a promise to lend the industry’s support to a key piece of legislation, we’re in big trouble. That’s called extortion: An industry is using its capacity to threaten or prevent legislation as a means of altering that legislation for its own benefit. And it’s doing so at the highest reaches of our government, in the office of the President.
When the industry support comes with an industry-sponsored ad campaign in favor of that legislation, the threat to democracy is even greater. Citizens end up paying for advertisements designed to persuade them that the legislation is in their interest. In this case, those payments come in the form of drug prices that will be higher than otherwise, stretching years into the future.
HuffPo (if you dare visist go here) received the official internal memo that clearly proves this all to be true.
It would be nice for liberals to wake up and realize that this has been occurring in this administration for quite some time. GE is lobbying and making deals behind closed door for Cap & Trade and a green economy, the unions are making deals for card check and amnesty, and now big pharma is doing the same. I am not saying that this did not occur in any other administration, but for a man who campaigned on a promise of hope and change this is huge. It’s also fair to say that the amount of wheeling and dealing in such a short period of time is also unprecedented and quite worrisome.
Our Republic and the practice of democracy is at stake.