Friday, January 13, 2017

North Carolina's Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted to keep US prescription drug prices high for their campaign contributors

Statement of Purpose: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.

13 Democrats vote against Sanders amendment to lower prescription drug prices

“The power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry
and their 1,300 lobbyists and unlimited sums of money
have bought the United States congress.

Today, Mr. Trump, a guy I don’t quote very often,
he said that pharma gets away with murder, that’s what Trump said, and he’s right.”

Bernie Sanders

...a number of Republicans broke rank and voted for the amendment including Ted Cruz (TX), John McCain (AZ) and Rand Paul (KY)

...Between 2010 and 2016, a handful of the Democratic senators who voted “nay” were amongst the top Senate recipients funded by pharmaceutical companies: Sen. Booker received $267,338; Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) received $254,649; Robert Casey (D-PA) received $250,730; Michael Bennet (D-CO) received $222,000

Cory Booker and 12 Other Dems Just Stopped Bernie Sanders’ Amendment to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

You'll never guess who gives them money.

This is the full list of Democrats who voted no...

Michael Bennet (D-CO) – 2022
Cory Booker (D-NJ) – 2020
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – 2018
Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) – 2018
Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) – 2018
Chris Coons (D-DE) – 2020
Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – 2018
Martin Heinrich (D-NM) – 2018
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) – 2018
Bob Menendez (D-NJ) – 2018
Patty Murray (D-WA) – 2022
Jon Tester (D-MT) – 2018
Mark Warner (D-VA) – 2020

...Between 2013 and 2016, Cory Booker received $442,678 from the pharmaceuticals industry; Patty Murray received $670,944; Robert Casey received $577,079; Michael Bennett received $652,417.

$80 Billion Buyout

“PhRMA has worked to insulate the industry from bidding on drug prices from government programs. The group pledged $80 billion to help fund Obamacare in 2009 in exchange for protection from drug-price negotiation that Democrats wanted to include in the Affordable Care Act.”

That $80 billion buyout cost consumers how many hundreds of billions in prescription costs?

And paying the competition to not produce generics sounds like a genuine antitrust violation that deserves to be prosecuted.

Trump has a chance from the get-go to do something right. Let’s see if he follows through.