Democrats using drug company money to push ObamaCare?

Given how much time Obama and the Democrat leadership have spent villainizing insurance and drug companies, you wouldn't expect that some of those same companies would be bankrolling the efforts to pass ObamaCare, or that Democrats would be taking their money to do just that.  OK, maybe you would believe that last part, but still...

From the Washington Examiner:

As they whip for the health care bill, Democratic leaders pack a mean one-two punch of populist rhetoric and the hefty financial backing of the drug industry.

In the heated yearlong health fight, President Obama has often accused his opponents of willful misrepresentation, even as he and his allies have endlessly repeated the biggest whopper of all — that the bill would rein in the special interests.

The Obama team regularly dismisses opponents as industry lackeys.
The Democratic National Committee blasted out e-mails this week warning
that "for every member of Congress, there are eight anti-reform
lobbyists swarming Capitol Hill" and "Congress is under attack from
insurance lobbyists."

But drug industry lobbyists, according to Politico, spent the
weekend "huddled with Democratic staffers" who needed the drug lobby to
"sign off" on proposals before moving ahead. Meanwhile, we learn that
the drug lobby is buying millions of dollars of ads in 43 districts
where a Democratic candidate stands to suffer for supporting the bill
.
The doctors' lobby and the hospitals' lobby are also on board with the
Senate bill. ...

Pharmaceuticals are a far more entrenched special interest than the insurers.

Of all the single-industry lobbies in Washington, the largest is the
Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America. PhRMA spent
$26.2 million on lobbying last year — that's nearly three times as much
as the insurance lobby, America's Health Insurance Plans, which spent
$8.9 million.

So much for the "hope and change" of shutting the "special interests" out of the process, huh? And just what, if anything, has "big pharma" received for it's big bucks to promote ObamaCare?

Given this Big Pharma clout, it's unsurprising that the bill Obama's
whipping for — Senate bill — has nearly everything the drug companies
wanted:
prohibiting reimportation of drugs, preserving Medicare's
overpayment for drugs, lengthy exclusivity for biotech drugs, a mandate
that states subsidize drugs under Medicaid, hundreds of billions in
subsidies for drugs, and more.

So we keep paying higher drug prices, while ObamaCare's other great features eventually raise insurance premiums...and then eventually get pushed off onto government care when insurance companies eventually go out of business?  Pretty much.

But since the bill's not over the finish line yet, the drug companies aren't through pulling out their checkbooks to cover for the Democrats.  According to the same report, "Americans for Stable Quality Care", (a drug company funded group), will be spending millions more this week pushing the bill in districts with Democrats who are wavering on how to vote.

So, bottom line: Obama and the Democrats play the populist political care, while at the same time take money from the very groups they criticize in order to push a bill that benefits those companies and makes the government bigger at the expense of consumers and the individual rights and choices of individuals.

Which is usually what happens anytime you see big government and big business collude with on another.

 

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