Wake up Democrats! Obama is and always was the enemy of health care reform. That is a hard lesson for real Democrats to accept but it has always been true.
Not only did Obama prove himself the enemy of universal health care and health care reform during the primary elections, now that he is in the White House it is easy to see that enmity is nothing less than his hidden agenda. As with the “stimulus” scam Americans are witnessing a health care, or rather a health insurance scam.
During the primary campaign Obama made many promises. One of those promises, now violated, was that citizens would see and be seen in the processes of government. In fact Obama attacked Hillary for not being “transparent” in her dealings.
Now we know why Obama has violated the promises of transparency. He has been busy working “deals”.
The deals Obama is working remind us of the Rezko deals in dear old Chicago. Obama betrayed his constituents in order to benefit himself. History is repeating itself.
“But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”
Obama attacked Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for their efforts to achieve genuine health care reform. Obama blamed Bill and Hillary – “they closed the door” Obama charged. With false attacks based on “transparency” and promises to “stream over the net” health reform negotiations, Obama fooled his young Hopium addled addicts and punked those who were old enough to know better.
Frank Rich, enabled Obama’s lies, and continues to protect Obama, even as the truth dawns on him that Obama is “punking voters”.
Ed Koch, who loves Obama, is falling out of love too. Koch laments:
Furthermore, the President has seemingly caved on important aspects of his health care agenda such as not restricting private insurance coverage and obtaining volume discounts from drug companies.
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Koch is polite when he describes the Obama testicular fortitude as “caved”.
Koch would do better to ask why
The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday.
Where is the transparency for the Obama deal with the drug industry? What are the drug companies getting for what they are giving?
Both sides had announced that the drug industry would contribute $80 billion over 10 years to the cost of the health care overhaul without spelling out the details.
With House Democrats moving to extract more than that just as the drug makers finalized their advertising plans, the industry lobbyists pressed the Obama administration for public reassurances that it had agreed to cap the industry’s additional costs at $80 billion.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, are getting a great deal. For very little they are getting a great deal. The deal was not on C-SPAN
Also not on C-SPAN are whatever other deals are getting worked out during the coming months.
At least $150 million will be spent by drug companies to promote Obama’s Thanatos worshipping mutant Joker which poses as health care reform. The campaign of John McCain for President spent approximately $126 million.
The drug industry has already contributed millions of dollars to advertising campaigns for the health care overhaul through the advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA. It has spent about $1 million on similar advertisements under its own name.
All of the commercials closely echo common Democratic themes about medical care for all, consumer protection and “health insurance reform.” Some supporters of the overhaul have hired public affairs and advertising firms with close ties to the White House and Senate Democrats, including GMMB, which worked on the Obama campaign, and AKPD, which previously included David Axelrod, who is now the president’s top political adviser.
Robert Reich, attacked Hillary in favor of Obama. Now Reich is whining:
But I’m appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying arm to buy their support.
Last week, after being reported in the Los Angeles Times, the White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That’s basically the same deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit, and it’s proven a bonanza for the drug industry. A continuation will be an even larger bonanza, given all the Boomers who will be enrolling in Medicare over the next decade. And it will be a gold mine if the deal extends to Medicaid, which will be expanded under most versions of the healthcare bills now emerging from Congress, and to any public option that might be included. (We don’t know how far the deal extends beyond Medicare because its details haven’t been made public.)
Let me remind you: Any bonanza for the drug industry means higher healthcare costs for the rest of us, which is one reason why critics of the emerging healthcare plans, including the Congressional Budget Office, are so worried about their failure to adequately stem future healthcare costs. To be sure, as part of its deal with the White House, Big Pharma apparently has promised to cut future drug costs by $80 billion. But neither the industry nor the White House nor any congressional committee has announced exactly where the $80 billion in savings will show up nor how this portion of the deal will be enforced. In any event, you can bet that the bonanza Big Pharma will reap far exceeds $80 billion. Otherwise, why would it have agreed?
Reich forgets to add that Obama promised transparency. But the short list of Reich questions show how little we know about the Obama deals. And do not doubt, the $150 million advertising budget to bolster Obama will come at the expense of the ill when they go to buy their medications.
Didn’t primary season Obama also attack lobbyists? Wasn’t hatred of lobbyists one of the big reasons the DailyKooks attacked Hillary? What happened to Obama’s promises to ban lobbyists? Did Obama ban lobbyists from the lobby and bring them into his bedroom?
Obama now fights for lobbyists just like he did in Chicago when he fought for Antoin “Tony” Rezko:
Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion.
No one knows what is happening except for Obama in the bedroom with the lobbyists:
The Obama administration had never spelled out the details of the agreement.
“We were assured: ‘We need somebody to come in first. If you come in first, you will have a rock-solid deal,’ ” Billy Tauzin, the former Republican House member from Louisiana who now leads the pharmaceutical trade group, said Wednesday.
Imagine if these deals were rigged by George W. Bush, or Hillary Clinton. The Nutroots and the Dailykooks would be enraged and nuttier and kookier.
The new attention to the agreement could prove embarrassing to the White House, which has sought to keep lobbyists at a distance, including by refusing to hire them to work in the administration.
The drug companies told Barry to jump through their hoops and Obama jumped – he’s got game:
But failing to publicly confirm Mr. Tauzin’s descriptions of the deal risked alienating a powerful industry ally currently helping to bankroll millions in television commercials in favor of Mr. Obama’s reforms.
The pressure from Mr. Tauzin to affirm the deal offers a window on the secretive and potentially risky game the Obama administration has played as it tries to line up support from industry groups typically hostile to government health care initiatives, even as their lobbyists pushed to influence the health measure for their benefit.
We are reminded of John Edwards. We picture the drug companies asking Obama as they pinch his cheeks, “Who’s your daddy?”:
But as the debate has heated up over the last two weeks, Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats have signaled that they value some of its industry enemies-turned-friends more than others. Drug makers have been elevated to a seat of honor at the negotiating table, while insurers have been pushed away.
We don’t buy the misdirection. The insurers are in the same bedroom with Barack Obama. Chicago way Obama wants the insurers to pay the pimp for services rendered.
“To their credit, the pharmaceutical companies have already agreed to put up $80 billion” in pledged cost reductions, Mr. Obama reminded his listeners at a recent town-hall-style meeting in Bristol, Va. But the health insurance companies “need to be held accountable,” he said.
By “accountable” Obama means putting money in the Obama accounts.
The insurers will get a great deal just like Tauzin’s drug companies got a great deal. How good a deal did the drug companies get? They got a very good deal:
Mr. Tauzin said the White House had tracked the negotiations throughout, assenting to decisions to move away from ideas like the government negotiation of prices or the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada. The $80 billion in savings would be over a 10-year period. “80 billion is the max, no more or less,” he said. “Adding other stuff changes the deal.”
Who knew? Certainly not Americans via C-SPAN.
[Upcoming: How the insurers also won and the larger context for Democrats.]