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The one big villain missing from the healthcare mess these pat months was the Big Pharma. Having reached a secret deal with the White House to give them as much of everyone’s money as imaginable, a cloaking device was activated. No one – not progressives, not right wingers ever mentioned pharma again. Which Ironical, considering the “dime standard” Obama put on the bill to David Brooks’s extasy

First, Obama rested the credibility of his presidency on what you might call the Dime Standard. He was flexible about many things, but not this: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. Period.”

Of course, I have doubts about this becoming a reality because of its author. According to Huffpo

it’s Max Baucus who is planning to introduce

an amendment on the floor to allow prescription drugs to be re-imported from Canada.

It’s one of the simplest ways to reduce health care costs but was ruled out by the agreement, which limits Big Pharma’s contribution to health care reform to $80 billion over ten years.

Even more shocking

A bill to allow re-importation — S. 1232 – has 30 cosponsors, several Republicans among them, including Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, John Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).

It’s hard to believe Republicans actually tried to restrain corporate greed – and how does Obama look with his secret deal?

Of course, the debate in the senate now is whether it is nice to blow a deal they weren’t part of. And here is the catch

The amendment threatens to blow up the deal Baucus and the White House cut with the drug makers. According to the deal, re-importation would not be part of comprehensive health care reform.

Which makes its reality even more questionable. But not less desirable. And here’s the parting question: should this bill pass – ahead of the healthcare reform – will big Pharma keep their part of the deal about advertising money?

The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul,

And will the universal silence on their fleecing patients be lifted now?


I have to wonder if Baucus’s sudden enthusiasm for doing something right has any connection with the ads being run against him by progressives (h/t The Confluence)


Seems the advertising for Obama’s plan goes as conspired for

An ad is sampled and the comment

The coalition — which exists solely to buy TV ads — is spending its money with David Axelrod’s old firm (which is still paying him out his share) and the other key Obama campaign media firm, GMMB.

Not Your Sweetie

September 2009