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'Siding With Big Pharma at Expense of the American People,' Republicans Warn CEOs to Not Cooperate With Drug Price Probe

'Siding With Big Pharma at Expense of the American People,' Republicans Warn CEOs to Not Cooperate With Drug Price Probe

Jake Johnson, staff writer

As Democrats on the House Oversight Committee attempt to investigate soaring drug prices in the U.S., Republicans are warning the CEOs of some of America's largest pharmaceutical companies against cooperating with the probe.

"Once again, they're siding with Big Pharma at the expense of the American people."
—Robert Reich

More of a turf war. The Republicans are to Big Pharma as Democrats are to Wall Street.

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I am not a Democrat, but I am damn sure not a Republican.

Jordan is a HUGE asshole, PERIOD

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Isn’t everyone here sick of hearing the same two fucking words, every damn day.

"Republican, Democrat."

America deserves better.

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Not certain that they do, but the world does.

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One wonders why these people are in office- if they want to work for Big Pharma or Wall Street- go for it- but leave the people alone.

They are pharma whores and should be referred to as such.
I wish that in what ever committee meeting that is held that includes Rep. Jordan, that everyone would expose a white or yellow shirt during meetings until Jordan gets over himself. If he gets huffy about it, just tell him, "we like the look, and can see it is much more comfy.

When Purdue Pharma went before Sentate regulators in the early 2000s, their primary champion was Sen. Chris Dodd, a Democrat (according to Barry Meier’s book “Painkiller”). Dodd was Purdue’s champion, and he made sure that Purdue had protection and a life after phase one of the opioid crisis, enabling them to advance the crisis for over a decade. So, we can continue to point fingers and villify one party over the other, or we can recognize that neither party gives a flying fuck about anything but neoliberal capitalism (the national religion). The “progressive” exceptions among the Democrats are window dressing trotted out to dupe voters who cannot begin to consider voting Republican into voting for Democrats, who then turn around and serve the corporations. The young turks among the Democrats–AOC, Omar, etc.–must be wary of buses, because the party will throw them right in front of the first convenient bus that comes along.

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You really don’t see it? They ARE working for Big Pharma and Wall Street by being exactly where they are.

Too many people on this forum still harbor the quaint notion that government exists to protect the common person’s rights against the ruthless, greedy rich elites. I was going to say “how very eighteenth-century of you”, but the reality is that it never has been that way. Governments have ALWAYS been created to protect the moneyed interests. In the past that reality has always been obfuscated to a certain degree by the need for a pretense, because, until now, the technology of mass mind control has been too primitive. At this point they so control the system and have sufficiently rendered the populace docile enough (by design and intent, with the utilization of cradle-to-grave dog-and-pony-shows that only television, the internet, and "smart"phones–and watches and TVs and houses, etc.–could accomplish) that they feel brazen enough to avoid the hassles involved in creating a cover for their motives.

Sorry folks. “Bernie” ain’t gonna save you from yourselves. (In fact, he’s a part of the problem.)

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Yeah, I do get it- but what I was saying- is why even pretend to be of service to people when you can work for Wall Street directly etc.? Now, do you get it? In other words - just do it, and stop pretending that you are for the people if you are in government. Also, it is our collective faults too for becoming so docile- and too comfortable. Not like the late fifties and sixties- now with the internet=people do not even have to leave the house or the couch if that is their lifestyle.

There are Governmnets that have been formed that are intended to look after the interests of the people. The thing is the 1 percent, those moneyed interests will act to ensure those types of Governments fail. They will claim said Government a “Dictatorship” and instruct their own Governments to sanction , assassinate or outright remove those others Governments from power.

There only a handful of Countries with the military and economic muscles to do this and one block is centered around the United States of America , which translates to the United States of America being the greatest threat to true Democracy on this globe , the exact opposite of what they proclaim themselves to be.

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I wonder if Elijah Cummings would be willing to reveal the complete extent of campaign contributions he himself receives from his own sugar daddies in the corporate world. Here he is literally pleading with POS (legal) drug baron Martin Shkreli to “do the right thing” and lower his drug prices. It is sickening to watch this display of how ineffectual our elected politicians are in serving (supposedly) the interests of the people. They should be establishing and enforcing laws that protect us from punks like Shkreli, not begging them for mercy! Our duopoly is so deep in the pockets of Big Pharma and Big Business in general that all they can do is PLEAD with their puppet masters to be “nice.”

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The republican leaders have only one constituency - the rich and powerful. They could care less about anyone else. Unfortunately there are some dumb as hell americans not in the “rich and powerful” class who - in their delusion - keep voting for them. We got some sick people in this country.

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General Smedley Butler told us about this decades ago.

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They can achieve so much more for their employer Wall Street by working in the legislative body of government. Given the free market, capitalist, libertarian beliefs of all of these Wall Street types - they somehow badly need government to keep things moving their way if not guaranteeing their profits. Remember - in the U.S. - it’s socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us.

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If you want to see a disgusting and shocking show of how things work in our Oligarchy, watch last Sunday’s John Oliver piece on the wealthy’s take over of the mobile home industry. There are direct quotes on film, in books and DVDs from one of the ghouls who has invested in same that made me sick to my stomach. He goes on about how most of the owners of the mobile homes don’t own the land their homes are on so you can buy up the land and then raise the rent on ‘the poor people’ (he uses those words) as much as you want because they can’t afford to move the home they own. Then, if they have to leave because they can’t afford the rent, you get to foreclose and force them out and have mobile home to sell and start the whole thing over!

This is being done to us in every aspect of our lives in the good 'ole USA.

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Sad but true. Hopefully they are a real pain in Pelosi’s you know what.

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What a piece of crap with no conscience. Sounds like bullying is the in thing- and we the people need to get more serious - don’t buy their products, and let their wealth fall. Mobile homes BTW have been considered high risk which is a separate issue. They are often uninsurable, and frequently those who live in mobile home “parks” do not own the land- just the vehicle. They also get damaged in storms in certain areas, and roofs get destroyed in others.

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I grew up in a rather isolated community in Alberta and we never had access to much in the way of Television. We picked up one and at best two stations with an antenna. In any case when we moved to a larger center I was never much of a TV watcher.

I moved to Vancouver in my early 20’s and watched a lot more TV including stuff coming out of the USA. What stuck out like a sore thumb was some of the ads being carried. There this one investor I recall who had ad after ad on how to get rich on “distressed property sales” and how one could get a Yacht and surround themselves with beautiful women by doing the very things you mention.

It was a rude awakening to the world of the rich.

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