09/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ryan Grim On The White House Deal With Big Pharma (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim was on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" with Dylan Ratigan to discuss the internal memo detailing what the White House gave to the pharmaceutical industry.


Savannah Guthrie reported on the pushback from the White House: "They say that that memo does not reflect the deal that was struck. But there is a deal, and from the White House's perspective, it's a simple one. The pharmaceutical industry agreeing to $80 billion to savings, no more, no less. And that alone has infuriated some members of Congress ... That being said, that is the deal. And with regard to the memo, they point out that it was leaked from an industry lobbyist, and it may be a case where the lobbyist has a certain understanding of what the terms of the deal are and writes that down and sends that around and thinks that's the deal."

But asked if the White House had called this memo unrepresentative of the deal, Guthrie replied, "They really don't get into the details ... As for the specifics, maybe well hear about them when it gets into a bill."

Meanwhile, a top aide to Billy Tauzin, leader of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) told the L.A. Times, "It's counterproductive to keep talking about it."

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