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Cancer Patient Lays Bare the Danger of TPP and the "Pharma Bro" Problem

Lori Wallach | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Lori Wallach

If passed, the TPP would lock in policies that not only allow price gouging, but essentially require all TPP-signatory governments to provide monopoly rights allowing drug companies to charge whatever they want.

Christina Wilkie

Top Lobbying Groups Spent $64 Million To Influence Congress, White House | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top 10 lobbying spenders shelled out a combined $64 million in the first three months of this year to influence federal policy, acco...

Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.

Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits.

Obama's 'Scheme' Will End the World as We Know It, Says Big Pharma... Good!

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you watched the SOTU, you might have missed the scheme that Obama unveiled that will ruin the Medicare prescription drug program, destroy pharmaceutical companies' incentive to develop new life-saving medicines and even imperil our country's economic growth. I know I missed it.

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael BeckelThe Center for Public IntegrityWhen six-term GOP incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah faced the prospect of a mutiny from conservative ...

Paul Blumenthal

Which Corporations Funded the RNC Convention? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Convention in Tampa, where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accepted the presidential nomination of the Rep...

Matt Sledge

Montana Attorney General Race Rocked By Out-Of-State Corporate Donations In Wake Of Citizens United | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

The Copper Kings once lorded over Montana, picking the state's governors and senators. The grip of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company was so tight tha...

Drug lobby gave $9.4 million to nonprofits that spent big on 2010 election

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel, iWatch NewsThe drug lobby's trade association was a multimillion-dollar donor to nonprofit groups that were actively working to ele...

Andrea Stone

Obama Won't Fully Use Power Of Feds To Lower Medicare Drug Prices For Seniors | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In laying out his framework to cut the deficit, President Obama appears to have abandoned a campaign promise he reneged on last year in...

Amanda Terkel

The Ghosts Of Health Care Deals Past | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deals that the White House cut with major industries during the health care debate are threatening to come back to haunt the adminis...

Hope vs Power: The PhRMA Deal That Was and the OFA Campaign That Wasn't

Micah Sifry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Micah Sifry

This is just speculation, folks, but imagine if Obama had mobilized Organizing for America from the very beginning as a battering ram to confront PhRMA and its allies in Congress head on?

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...

The Legacy of Billy Tauzin: The White House-PhRMA Deal

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Within a few months of being sworn in, the President and his aides were sitting down with leaders from the pharma industry to hash out a deal that they thought would make health care reform possible.

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...

Chamber Of Commerce Tops Health Reform Lobbyist List

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The National Journal's Under the Influence blog has published a comprehensivelist of the top 25 spenders -- and lobbying groups -- in the movement to ...

Lobbyists See No End To Health Reform Frenzy

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite the lackluster economy, some lobbyists expect decades' worth of job security thanks to this year's health care reform haul, reports The Hill. ...

Ryan Grim

Pharma Deal Shuts Down Senate Health Care Debate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the ...

Baucus And White House Wooed Industry Groups For Support

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reports that the White House and Sen. Max Baucus helped create a corporate-backed health reform campaign by fostering a relationship with ind...

Anna Eshoo's PhRMA Boondoggle: The Devil Is In Her Details

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Thank you, Rep. Eshoo, for your commitment to having a bill that does not allow for "evergreening." Now the question becomes -- how are we going to get one?

A Death Every 12 Minutes: The Price of Not Having Medicare for All

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In 2002, that more than 18,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 were dying each year as a result of being uninsured. The new number is two and a half times that figure.

Ryan Grim

Baucus Bill Sticks To Pharma Deal That Supposedly Wasn't Struck | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The bill unveiled by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has been blasted as a major giveaway to insurance companies. But the even bigger win...

Republicans Defending Medicare: Duplicity Beyond Belief

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.

The Final Sprint for Health Care Has Now Begun

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The real political race for health care has just begun. Obama's speech should be seen as the starting gate of a two-month sprint between two competitors -- and they're not Democrats and Republicans.

Baucus Co-Op Plan "Authored" By Ex-Insurance Industry VP

Campaign Silo | Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Max Baucus circulated his draft plan earlier this week, the PDF documentation page (image) indicates that the "author" was ex-Wellpoint VP Liz Fo...