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Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:05 PM

Lobby E-Mails Show Depth of Obama Ties to Drug Industry

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — After weeks of quiet talks, drug industry lobbyists were growing nervous. If they were to cut a deal with the White House on overhauling health care, they needed to be sure President Obama would stop a proposal by his liberal allies intended to bring down medicine prices.

On June 3, 2009, one of the lobbyists e-mailed Nancy-Ann DeParle, the president’s top health care adviser. Ms. DeParle sent a message back reassuring the lobbyist. Although Mr. Obama was overseas, she wrote, she and other top officials had “made decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation on the bill.”

Just like that, Mr. Obama’s staff abandoned his support for the reimportation of prescription medicines at lower prices and with it solidified a growing compact with an industry he had vilified on the campaign trail the year before. Central to Mr. Obama’s drive to overhaul the nation’s health care system was an unlikely collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry that forced unappealing trade-offs.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/09/us/politics/e-mails-reveal-extent-of-obamas-deal-with-industry-on-health-care.html?_r=1&hp

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Reply Lobby E-Mails Show Depth of Obama Ties to Drug Industry (Original post)
choie Jun 2012 OP
Dont call me Shirley Jun 2012 #1
rhett o rick Jun 2012 #11
alp227 Jun 2012 #12
rhett o rick Jun 2012 #17
alp227 Jun 2012 #21
rhett o rick Jun 2012 #23
dinopipie Jun 2012 #13
_ed_ Jun 2012 #19
RufusTFirefly Jun 2012 #2
Iliyah Jun 2012 #3
bloomington-lib Jun 2012 #4
djean111 Jun 2012 #5
JoePhilly Jun 2012 #6
frylock Jun 2012 #7
djean111 Jun 2012 #9
Leontius Jun 2012 #15
MrSlayer Jun 2012 #8
bhikkhu Jun 2012 #10
dinopipie Jun 2012 #14
bhikkhu Jun 2012 #20
Octafish Jun 2012 #16
Safetykitten Jun 2012 #18
secondwind Jun 2012 #22

Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:08 PM

1. The nytimes is working hard to smear obama daily. On the romney payroll?

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 09:31 PM

11. What does that have to do with this issue. If you did some research you might find

 

that the NY Times isnt the only source. Can you spell denial?

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 02:22 AM

12. On Thursday's Thom Hartmann show, the guest host interviewed the reporter who broke this story.

Guess what? That reporter was Tim Carney of...(drum roll) DC's right-wing tabloid Washington Examiner!

The interview is at the 1 hour 8 minute mark of this video

http://www.livestream.com/thomhartmann/video?clipId=pla_c6e483de-e6cd-4102-a1c6-a2d3be783b47

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Response to alp227 (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 09:57 AM

17. So what's your point? The evidence is false? I hope it is.

 

I wouldnt be surprised if it was. But I try to keep an open mind. If the evidence can be debunked please let me know. But in this case there is a lot of smoke and that usually means there is fire. Big Pharm came out looking like a rose. Did they make deals with the President?

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #17)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 01:15 PM

21. I think it's an important story we've suspected all along.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #21)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 03:21 PM

23. I am sorry, I thought you were trying to discredit the story. My mistake. nm

 

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 05:53 AM

13. How can it be a smear when it is the truth?

 

Simple yes or no answer

Did or did not President Obama cut a deal with the pharmaceutical companies?

I and millions of other say yes.

If you have some proof he did not then I would love to see it.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:51 AM

19. Quoting emails is "smearing?"

Are you suggesting that the NYT should hide this to help Obama? Isn't that what we've been bitching about concerning Fox News for the last decade?

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:10 PM

2. Paging Private Pyle!

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:15 PM

3. This is old news

now bring some dirt on Mittens, y'know, the guy who like to dress up cop, but want to fire them, go figure.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:19 PM

4. Sounds sleazy but Obama is still better than Romney...less sleazy

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Response to bloomington-lib (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:46 PM

5. Yep.

 

There is absolutely nothing Obama could do that would make me vote for a republican, because it is the entire republican agenda that is abhorrent to me. Romney is just a front puppet.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 05:56 PM

6. More manufactured outrage.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 06:13 PM

7. wow. kool-aid isn't just for konservatives anymore..

it's not a smear if it's the truth ffs.

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Response to frylock (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 08:28 PM

9. I don't think "kool-aid" can be applied here..

 

this is old news, and not worth voting for Romney because of it.
If we were choosing between two Dem candidates, then that would be a different story.
In my opinion, there is nothing that Obama did - that I don't like - that Romney wouldn't double down on.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 09:38 AM

15. I agree with you on not voting for a republican but it is important to know where the leader of the

 

Democratic party stands on this type of issue, with the people or with the corporations. It's clear he doesn't stand with the people here.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 06:20 PM

8. Who didn't know this?

 

Sell the people out to a bloodsucking industry? Say it isn't so!

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Response to choie (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 09:03 PM

10. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act - "

" - millions of Americans are receiving free preventive services and getting cheaper prescription drugs,” Marilyn Tavenner, the interim administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement Tuesday."...and $1.5 billion in savings.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/07/health-care-reform-returns-surprising-1-5-billion-medicare-savings.html

It sounds like Obama worked out a pretty good deal with them which brought costs down and kept the jobs in the US. If costs were the only reason people wanted to import pharmaceuticals, and costs were the main issue that was dealt with, then how is that not good?

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 05:57 AM

14. So you are an end justifies the means kinda of person?

 

So you must have no problem with the GOP intentionally crashing the US economy so they can get more Pubs in office and make President Obama a 1 term president.

They are getting their desired result are they not?

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Response to dinopipie (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 12:03 PM

20. If the means (negotiating) was sound, and the intent (lower prices) was desired

where is the cause for criticism?

Every means and every end is not equivalent.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 09:52 AM

16. Where's the memo telling us what happened to Single Payer?

Paging Dr. Emanuel. Paging Dr. Emanuel...

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Response to Octafish (Reply #16)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:19 AM

18. Yes, that is the one I want to see also.

 

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Response to choie (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 02:58 PM

22. I think Obama did EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE to get this law on the books. We



can amend it and tweak it as we wish, but at least it is ON the books.

No mean feat!

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