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New White House Health Care Proposal May Destroy PhRMA Deal

Sunlight Foundation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning the White House released a new health care proposal that may be used as a blueprint for a compromise between House and Senate versions of...

Is Medicare Part D A Bait And Switch?

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

In this deal, Medicare Part D (prescription drug benefit) was passed with a right of the pharmaceutical companies to raise drug prices during the open enrollment period.

Weekly Pulse: Bayh-Partisanship=Giving Your Seat to a Republican

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger You will be shocked, shocked to hear that a Blue Dog Democrat who made a career out of undermining his...

Billy Tauzin Leaving Pharma: Top Lobbyist For Drugmakers Stepping Down

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the influential trade association for drug manufacturers announced Thursday night that he is leaving his job. The deve...

Health Care Reform Business: Expect Hospital And Insurance Mergers, Less Revenue For Drugmakers

Bloomberg | Alex Nussbaum and Meg Tirrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Insurers, drugmakers and hospitals will likely slash costs and merge companies to maneuver through a U.S. health-care landscape marked by rising medic...

Drugstore Owners Look to Cash in on Health Care Reform

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hilary Kramer

The American people need to realize that the price being paid for this health care reform is high.

Ryan Grim

House GOP Going After Health Care Deal Documents | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans plan to force a difficult vote on Democrats in the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, pressing forward with a "resolution o...

What are Independents Thinking?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.

Pass the Popular Parts of Health Care Reform and Ditch the Rest

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Passing the most popular parts of health care reform while ditching the rest, can give Democrats a "win" on health care without jamming controversial and unpopular elements down the throats of American voters.

1 Year + 1 Election = Lots of Opinions

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

"Some things make the markets go higher, some things make the markets go lower," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show last Monday. ...

Change: The Supreme Court and Massachusetts

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Massachusetts elected a white male who supports water-boarding and troop increases and opposes the health care bill and the proposed tax on banks. Change? It doesn't sound like a new product to me.

Arianna On 'The Ed Show': Obama Must Offer More Than Words (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

President Obama must move beyond rhetoric and acknowledge yesterday's Democratic loss in Massachusetts by making substantive policy and personnel chan...

Going to Davos to Redesign the Planet

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Fruchterman

My proposal is that the world's knowledge should work for all of humanity. The challenge is to maintain the balance between commercial exploitation of creativity and society's interests.

Where Are All the democrats in Congress ? Little "d" Intended

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

We live in a country where 400,000 people die every year not from a disease, but from what they eat -- and this is not considered relevant to health care reform?

The Oligarchy Wins Again!

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The health reform bill the corporate oligarchy just purchased from the best Congress money can buy has investors stoked, as the soaring stock prices of health industry corporations reach a 52-year high point!

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Documents On Obama Pharma Deal

The Hill | Molly K. Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A House Republican congressman is pushing the Obama administration to reveal the specifics of deals it struck with various groups on healthcare reform...

Medicalization is the New Happy Hour

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Elissa Stein

We are becoming, or perhaps we now are, a society of quick fixes. Of convenience. Of taking the easy way out. Inconvenienced by periods? Sign up for Lybrel. Can't get it up anymore? Take Viagra.

Ryan Grim

Pharma Deal To Be Tested On Senate Floor | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to allow a vote on re-importing prescription drugs from Canada as an amendment to the health c...

FDA: Drug Companies Pressure Agency To Allow More Online Ads

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — As federal regulators take their first tentative steps toward policing the wild west of medical information online, pharmaceutical ...

Ryan Grim

How The Blue Dogs Cost Pharma $14 Billion | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat down to put the finishing touches on the House health care bill Wednesday night, the California Democrat was stuck between...

Obama's A Wimp, Even to a Yellow Dog Dem Like Me

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As you can tell, after a year of Obama, I'm for him, but not with any real enthusiasm. Nice fella. Good talker. But I'm afraid he's deserving of a descriptive word once applied to the first George Bush. Obama is a wimp.

Arthur Delaney

Booze, Pot And Peanuts In LobbyBlog's Third-Quarter Lobbying Roundup! | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Third-quarter lobbying spending totals are in, and that means it's time to see how much the most special of special interests spent peddling influence...

Big Pharma Deal May Be Cut Back By Last-Minute Progressive Resistance

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Facing last-minute liberal resistance in Congress, the drug industry is bracing for an increase in its share of the cost of the proposed health care o...

Did The White House Help Kill Drug Imports?

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Washington has its share of murder mysteries, but the one that interests Sen. Byron Dorgan involves the untimely death of his amendment to allow cheap...

Ryan Grim

Doughnuts For Dorgan: Drug Reimportation Killed In Deal That Might Get Cheaper Drugs For Seniors | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama and the Senate leadership can't whip up the votes necessary to pass a public option or even a Medicare buy-in compromise, but they did...