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

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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.

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Says 'No' To Global Health Fund For Developing Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has alarmed global health experts by opposing a new international fund that would fight disease in the developi...

Amanda Terkel

The Ghosts Of Health Care Deals Past

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

GOP Message For Businesses That Worked With Obama: We Won't Forget

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: W...

Can the Internet Fix Politics?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jane Hamsher

None of us can win the battle against a heavily out-gunned corporate world alone. Online activists must change the terms of political debates. Until we do, we're simply putting new tools in the service of the old order. And we will continue to lose.

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...

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...

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.

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...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Industry Is Now Reform's Only Hope, Which Is Sure To End Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now that Scott Brown is on his way to the U.S. Senate, the press is wondering if health care reform is alive, dead, or shambling ever-forward like som...

Sam Stein

PhRMA Statement On Prescription Medicines Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PhRMA Statement on Prescription Medicines Spending Washington, D.C. (November 11, 2009) -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRM...

Ryan Grim

Big Pharma: We're Not Renegotiating Deal (Yet)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While the Senate wonders just what it is that Joe Lieberman wants in a health care bill, the standoff over pharmaceutical provisions continues. Sen. B...

Medicare Part D Creators Now Working For Lobbyists With Billions At Stake

ProPublica | Olga Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollar...

Ryan Grim

Nelson Ready To Bust Pharma Deal: 'They Need 60 Votes, Don't They?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said on Sunday that if leadership doesn't work with him on his amendment that would break the White House deal w...

PhRMA Spent $6.2M lobbying in 2Q

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - The pharmaceutical industry's primary trade group spent nearly $6.2 million lobbying in the second quarter on health care reform provisio...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Industry Throws Away Money On "Pro-Reform" Ads (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This past weekend, the New York Times's Katharine Seelye took stock of the advertising battle that's been raging over health care reform, to the tune ...

Obama to Drop "Health" and "Care" from Health Care Plan

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

In an effort to pass a bipartisan bill with a Republican party that wouldn't give him a glass of water if his tie were on fire, President Obama plans to eliminate "health" and "care" from his health care reform plan.

Change We Can Believe In: Feelings Toward the Administration by Those Who Elected It

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The American people did not vote for "bipartisan" solutions that split the difference between the failed ideology of the last eight years and the change the president and the super-majorities they elected in both houses of Congress promised.

Big Pharma has Lured Dems Into a Faustian Bargain

Merrill Goozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merrill Goozner

Reformers were naïve if they thought the world had changed simply because there were new tenants in the majority offices on the Hill or in the White House.

How the White House's Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

I'm a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I'm appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm to buy their support.

PhRMA Walks Back Claim Of White House Deal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In yet another in a series of evolving statements and backtracks, an official with the country's major pharmaceutical lobby said on Monday that it nev...

Is Health Care Reform About to Go the Way of No Child Left Behind?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The White House may be willing to cave on drug price negotiations and having a public option. Giving us health care reform without those key ingredients is like serving a PBJ sandwich without the peanut butter or the jelly.

Is Obama Selling Us Down the River to Big Pharma?

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

Bringing lobbyists from Big Pharma into the health care negotiations is anathema to the process and makes them feel like they deserve a place at that table.

The White House Deal with Big Pharma

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

The White House has abandoned any real effort to control costs in the pharma sector and Democrats have taken this hands-off approach as a green light to side with Big Pharma.

Jason Linkins

Tauzin's Pharma Lobbying Efforts "Blessed" By White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In today's Los Angeles Times Tom Hamburger reports on the extent to which former Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin has managed to integrate himself, ...