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01:30 PM on 08/14/2010
They should be investigating Rahm Emanuel's backdoor dealings with PHrma and SickCare during the health care debates. Emanuel managed to squelch all drug reimportation policies that Candidate Obama at one time suggested would be a good thing.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
02:44 PM on 08/14/2010
There's a lot of blame to go around in a corrupt system.
01:16 PM on 08/14/2010
I don't really believe the government has to look OUTSIDE the U.S. to find bribery, and especially kickback payments, to doctors and other health employees. I have always assumed that various shady payments, discounts, and credits to doctors were standard operating procedure at least for new drug introductions and for old drugs where their patents run out end and generic ones replace them. Insurers also should be scrutinized regarding which medical organizations get on there "approved" lists, and the outrageous practice of medical providers billing insurers twice what they expect only to get it cut in half by insurers. But, if you don't have insurance you are personally billed the original (higher) amount. The entire process is a fake and smells to high heaven.
01:11 PM on 08/14/2010
They've lined the pockets of politicians for years.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
03:19 PM on 08/14/2010
And doctors.
04:32 PM on 08/14/2010
And still doing it.
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tinyrainbows
12:52 PM on 08/14/2010
What about Obama's bribe to big Pharma? What's good for the goose...
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01:10 PM on 08/14/2010
no kidding.
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Mike McDonough
01:13 PM on 08/14/2010
This is result of our government being destroyed by Republican rule. It didn't become this weak overnight, or as soon as Obama got into office. It has been a long standing policy of Republicans to shrink (weaken, privatize, whatever you want to call it) government for the past 30 years.
I may not be happy that Obama felt like he could not beat the status quo on this, but the reason he was bullied into that deal is because of the redistribution of wealth to the rich implemented by Reagan and Bush Jr. Health care was already in a pretty precarious position and barely passed without Big Pharma dumping billions of dollars into ads against it.
Legislation is never perfect the first time through. Social Security and Medicare needed multiple follow up laws to strengthen them. The Pharma deal may be rescinded by future legislation, but if it does I guarantee you the attack line from republicans will be that Obama can't keep promises and is anti business.”
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christopherflynn
The wreligious wright is always rong...
02:01 PM on 08/14/2010
wisdom at its finest, sir!
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littleblackcat
03:31 PM on 08/14/2010
Well said. Some of us need to hang on to the blurbs in the news yelling that Obama's recovery plans helped big business recover first and fastest. No matter what the man does or doesn't do, the rethugs will find a way to lie about it, twist what they said, twist what President Obama said, or refuse to approve of their own legislation just so nothing productive can be done.
Unfortunately, the President listens too much to Rahm Emanuel, who is too much focused on his own career, and too little to people who are actually in touch with what the nation needs. Keeping a campaign promise often entails working with the opposite side, and in this case the opposite side does not want to co-operate.
In truth, the redistribution of wealth to the richest began back in the sixties, but it was much more subtle then.
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yeaobama
jesus was a liberal
12:50 PM on 08/14/2010
GREED HAS NO LIMITS, NOT EVEN FOR HUMAN LIFE.
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01:26 PM on 08/14/2010
ESPECIALLY for HUMAN LIFE ... (unless it's unborn ... well ... not the unborn of "undocumented workers"/"illegal immigrants")
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unimatrix0
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12:49 PM on 08/14/2010
LOL investigating bribery in other countries, but not here. I guess that would be too embarassing. US drugs cost so much because of marketing. Why should a prescription drug need to advertise on TV? Some don't even tell you what it is for "ask your dr. about the purple pill". My mom use to work in dr.'s office and once a week the drug reps would buy their lunches and pitch the drugs over their breaks. Some times it was lobster, or they paid for the holiday party, it is horrible how much money is spent on marketing in the US compared to other countries.
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Mike McDonough
01:23 PM on 08/14/2010
It's legalized as lobbying here.
le marc
vietvet,old guy,been alot of places in the world,
02:14 PM on 08/14/2010
It has to start somewhere, doesn't it. The grossest violations are in the trials on people (the expendable forgieners), the suspect test results, and those who make the biggest bundle off the practice. It is better to attack the tumer than just to treat the symptons.
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Vajara
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12:41 PM on 08/14/2010
Every other commercial on tv is about some drug that you should discuss with your docter about its benefits--followed by numerous side effects, but in small print. I don't believe that any serious investigation or congressional hearing has been held since Senator Kefauver, TN was investigating crime in this country in the early 60's. He lost and the Big Pharmas continue to prosper. The Big Pharmas contribute lots of $'s to the Big Media and Big Shots, so it is unlikely we'll have any protection from them or their partners in crime.
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trickjames23
Grateful
12:41 PM on 08/14/2010
Move to Colorado, grow your own medicine.
Buford2k10
Hair today, gone tomorrow
12:50 PM on 08/14/2010
It's not as easy at that. I live in Co. and there is still REEFER MADNESS. All of the large corporations need to be reeled in. They are not concerned for us "little people".that is why the Supreme Court decision to call a corporation a person is going to be the real downfall of our government and our country!
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trickjames23
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01:45 PM on 08/14/2010
I live in Colorado too... and it really is that easy. Have you opened up a copy of the Westword lately?

Yes Corporations are evil.
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William1950
everything I say could be wrong.
12:39 PM on 08/14/2010
is this really surprising?? how did we get to the current health care system? and why is the new health care law a major giveaway to both big pharma and insurance companies?...
are we all so blind?
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Mike McDonough
01:25 PM on 08/14/2010
The government has been being prepped by Republicans for a corporate takeover for a while now.
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01:34 PM on 08/14/2010
Because someone somewhere sometime in our past, insurance company PROFITEERS were allowed into our HEALTHCARE system ... to play "God" with PEOPLE'S LIVES!!! It's DESPICABLE that our legislative "leaders" allowed these INSURANCE companies to RUN UP COSTS, CAP/CUT/CANCEL COVERAGE, forcing people to suffer DEBT and/or DEATH in DESPERATE attempts to SAVE THEIR LIVES.

We are the ONLY "civilized" country that cares MORE about CORPORATIONS than CITIZENS!
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trickjames23
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12:36 PM on 08/14/2010
It's only illegal overseas because they are not consultants.... They need to become consultants then everything will be on the level.... just like we do here in the U.S.A.... That word consultant magically makes everything better..

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I-US
Beware the monsters lurking in word swamps.
04:13 PM on 08/14/2010
"Consultant" is the new "entrepreneur."
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McKeaton
12:27 PM on 08/14/2010
Is the entire society based on LIES , corruption and fake wealth?
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William1950
everything I say could be wrong.
12:40 PM on 08/14/2010
it so seems at times doesn't it..
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
12:41 PM on 08/14/2010
" A nation built on lies seldom, if ever wants to hear the truth" Cindy Sheehan
nothingchanges
too soon old, too late smart
12:25 PM on 08/14/2010
OMG, it's illegal in the U.S. to pay a doctor or health official from a foreign country to promote your pharmaceuticals? Why?

Congress has no qualms about accepting billions in "campaign contributions" from those same referenced companies. Does anyone honestly believe those contributions are not for the same reasons as these alleged "illegal bribes"?

A bribe by any other name..................
12:23 PM on 08/14/2010
Ronald Reagan - Cruelty with a Smile

"With his superficially sunny disposition - and a ruthless political strategy of exploiting white-male resentments - Reagan convinced millions of Americans that the threats they faced were: African-American welfare queens, Central American leftists, a rapidly expanding Evil Empire based in Moscow, and the do-good federal government.

Reagan declared that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

http://www.the7thfire.com/Politics%20and%20History/Norma_Sherry/out_sourcing_america-job%20loss%20and%20unemployment.htm


So, beginning with Reagan, our elected politicians sold us out using our money to enrich corporations:

Privatization and the Federal Government: An Introduction

Definition of Privatization - The shifting of government work from government employees to private sector contractors

Privatization attracted political support due to its rhetorically persuasive rationales, purported benefits, and political attractiveness. However, privatization also has been controversial. Critics have complained that privatization is a form of union busting and that privatization can have unforseen and undesirable consequences.


http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33777.pdf
12:18 PM on 08/14/2010
I saw the title to this article and I was like.. wait but bribery is legal in the U.S.?? Then read the article and was like... ooh it's about foreign doctors, I see. Got my hopes up that we might be doing something to end the corruption in our own country...but no.
12:11 PM on 08/14/2010
The Feds do this but cannot investigate Big Pharma's bribery of the White House.
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dragonlady620
My karma will run over your dogma
12:28 PM on 08/14/2010
It would be far more to the point to investigate the bribery of members of Congress who enable BIg Pharma with legislative chicanery.