Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:06 PM
rachel1 (538 posts)
Ethics? Obamacare Architect Lobbies For Big Pharma
"The White House defended its ethics record on Wednesday after reports surfaced that one of its top health care policy officials was leaving the administration to take a job at a pharmaceutical giant.
Liz Fowler left her post as deputy director of the Office of Consumer Information and Oversight at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a senior position in Johnson & Johnson's government affairs and policy group. According to Politico, which first reported the departure, Fowler would be leading the company's "global health policy," which has raised a few flags.
The president's health care law, after all, still needs to be implemented, and Johnson & Johnson could stand to benefit from alterations to certain provisions. Moreover, Fowler's hiring by the pharmaceutical giant comes after the president's team cut a deal with the industry's lobby arm that limited the government's ability to negotiate for cheaper drug prices. In exchange, the lobby arm, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), backed the legislation."*
Liz Fowler was the top Obama health lobbyist and the architect of Obamacare. Now, she's moving over to lobby for Johnson and Johnson and helping her new bosses in the pharmaceutical industry cash-in in a huge way. Cenk Uygur breaks down this serious breach of ethics.
*Read more from Christina Wilkie and Sam Stein/ Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/liz-fowler-johnson-johnson_n_2245367.html
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Ethics? Obamacare Architect Lobbies For Big Pharma (Original post)
Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #1)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:20 PM
BainsBane (37,206 posts)
2. This is when running for the presidency cost billions
And we have institutionalized corruption enshrined into law by SCOTUS. Money corrupts, even the good guys.
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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:11 AM
02potato (175 posts)