That the Obama administration has sold out to Big Pharma in the power grab that it is masquerading as health care reform should surprise no one except the liberal Left that bought into the Hope and Change shake down machine. This from The Huffington Post, a blog whose writers have relentlessly beaten the drum of Halliburton corruption during the Iraq War:
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.
Do you remember the outrage about no bid contracts being let to Halliburton’s KBR unit? The Left went absolutely nuts in their Cheney rage. I eagerly await the outrage from the left about this sell out of immensely larger proportions. And let there be no doubt that there are more lives at risk in the proposed ObamaCare legislation than there were in the invasion of Iraq. The president’s problem is that most of the electorate has come to grips with that fact.
Note: Reading the comments it is apparent that I omitted a very important detail. In the Chicago Style bargain struck between the White House and Big Pharma, the drug companies promised a $150,000,000 ad campaign to promote ObamaCare. So, it must be asked again: what if Halliburton had promised the Bush administration $150,000,000 of free pro Iraq War ads in exchange for no bid contracts?