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How Industry Affects Legislation

Original post made by Stacey on Oct 26, 2009

"To understand how the pharmaceutical industry is helping to shape the nation's health care policies, it helps to understand how the industry's interests prevailed when Part D was created in 2003."

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"Today, the prices the government pays for drugs through Part D are about 30 percent higher on average than the prices it pays for drugs for Medicaid recipients, according to a 2008 report by the House Committee on Oversight."

Comments (6)

Posted by Karen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

It's sickening, isn't it?

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

And a politico story linked from that same site tells us about the current health care reform legislation: Web Link

Corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) helped set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, an unlikely alliance between an administration that came into power criticizing George W. Bush for his closeness to Big Business and groups such as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the American Medical Association.

How's that for change you can believe in?

Lobbyists working IN the White House --> Web Link
Lobbyists and TARP --> Web Link
NPR tries to identify health care lobbyists in the room at Congressional hearings --> Web Link
Obama reminded of his pledge to have the health care negotiations televised on C-SPAN --> Web Link

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

jimf01 wrote: "How's that for change you can believe in?"

Who? Me? I never believed in any of that marketing. That's pablum for the masses. I just didn't want to see Palin in office.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

BTW, corporate lobbyists don't just write Federal law...

Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Stacey, Thank you for bringing this up. jimf sounds like he's ready
to attack rather than have a discussion about the facts. My understanding is that the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry (both courting the AMA) comprise the strongest lobbbyists in the country, correct?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 28, 2009 at 9:12 am

Stacey is a registered user.


I'm not sure about that. I read once that the sugar industry is the strongest lobby in the country.

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