Update: Breaking: TAA crushed, 126-302. So much for those that declared this was a lost cause and “Kabuki theater”. This was always a serious fight and a fight worth fighting. Fight, Fight, Fight. On a side note, after the TAA vote there was a vote on the TPA. The TPA won (barely, 210-211) but not really. In order for fast track authority to pass all elements had to pass. The massive loss on TAA means Obama loses a legacy nut. Obama will try some more tricks but when even Obama Dimocrats say “the Emperor has no clothes”… well it’s that Humpty-Dumpty thing.
ObamaTrade is the latest example. Before that there was Exelon. There was The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss. Then came the great gift to big insurance companies and to the detriment of everyday Americans – We know the GOP’s greatest lie. ObamaCare. Barack Obama’s greatest lie is that he is on the side of everyday Americans, the hardworking Joes and Jills that pay the bills.
Obama Dimocrats in the Congress, this late, realize that Obama’s greatest lie is just that and know Obama cannot be trusted to protect hardworking Joe and Jill – so after so many years they are fighting Barack Obama tooth and nail on ObamaTrade. We warned them years ago.
Before ObamaCare there was another Obama health care treachery. We wrote about it and we will remind those that have forgotten that Barack Obama was the voice and vote of the insurance industry. In public Barack Obama mouthed words in support of hardworking Joe and Jill but behind the scenes Obama was the shield and sword of Big Pharma and Big Insurance.
Most of the Obama Dimocrats and Obama supporters who frantically flung themselves on swords for their beloved Obama never heard of Exelon. In what can be considered a more comprehensive version of “Barack Obama’s Greatest Lie” we partially reprised earlier articles (with excerpts from such as the New York Times) about Obama and Exelon in 2013:
“When residents in Illinois voiced outrage two years ago upon learning that the Exelon Corporation had not disclosed radioactive leaks at one of its nuclear plants, the state’s freshman senator, Barack Obama, took up their cause.
Mr. Obama scolded Exelon and federal regulators for inaction and introduced a bill to require all plant owners to notify state and local authorities immediately of even small leaks.” [snip]
“A close look at the path his legislation took tells a very different story. While he initially fought to advance his bill, even holding up a presidential nomination to try to force a hearing on it, Mr. Obama eventually rewrote it to reflect changes sought by Senate Republicans, Exelon and nuclear regulators. The new bill removed language mandating prompt reporting and simply offered guidance to regulators, whom it charged with addressing the issue of unreported leaks.
Those revisions propelled the bill through a crucial committee. But, contrary to Mr. Obama’s comments in Iowa, it ultimately died amid parliamentary wrangling in the full Senate.
“Senator Obama’s staff was sending us copies of the bill to review, and we could see it weakening with each successive draft,” said Joe Cosgrove, a park district director in Will County, Ill., where low-level radioactive runoff had turned up in groundwater. [snip]
Since 2003, executives and employees of Exelon, which is based in Illinois, have contributed at least $227,000 to Mr. Obama’s campaigns for the United States Senate and for president. [snip]
In addition, Mr. Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, has worked as a consultant to Exelon.
In public Barack Obama made sounds in support of those afflicted by Exelon. Behind the scenes Barack Obama mugged and stabbed in the back the victims of the rich and powerful Exelon.
We won’t go into the Obama FISA lies, his deal with Billy Tauzin of Big Pharma to prevent Medicare from negotiating cheaper prices for drugs, the freezing tenants in the tenements owned by Obama pal Antoin “Tony” Rezko, nor his many other lies. As we wrote at the time “Drag a dollar bill through a sewer and you hook yourself an Obama.”
Richard Nixon, the resigned and disgraced former president, is a paragon of virtue compared to Barack Obama.
Now comes ObamaTrade. Once again Big Pharma will be a big winner as drug costs will soar even as working Joe and Jill get bitten by snake in the grass Obama. ObamaTrade is an “‘International system designed to maximize monopolies’…:
U.S. Shifts Stance on Drug Pricing in Pacific Trade Pact Talks, Document Reveals
WASHINGTON — Facing resistance from its Pacific trading partners, the Obama administration is no longer demanding protection for pharmaceutical prices under the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a newly leaked “transparency” annex of the proposed trade accord.
But American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices. Public health professionals, generic drugmakers and activists opposed to the trade deal, which is still being negotiated, contend that it will empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers.
They also say it could expose international markets to the direct consumer appeals that Americans have experienced.
“It was very clear to everyone except the U.S. that the initial proposal wasn’t about transparency; it was about getting market access for the pharmaceutical industry by giving them greater access to and influence over decision-making processes around pricing and reimbursement,” said Deborah Gleeson, a lecturer at the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia, who has seen the leaked document. And even though it has been toned down, she said, “I think it’s a shame that the annex is still being considered at all for the T.P.P.” [snip]
The agreement “will increase the cost of medicines worldwide, starting with the 12 countries that are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, a lawyer at Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care in more than 60 countries. [snip]
The newly leaked annex, dated Dec. 17, 2014, explicitly lists Medicare and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as falling under its strictures.
That may embolden critics.
“The leak is just the latest glaring example of why fast-tracking the T.P.P. would undermine the health of Americans and the other countries and cost our government more, all to the benefit of pharma’s profits,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and one of the most prominent voices in the coalition working to scuttle trade promotion authority. [snip]
While the leaked annex may fall short of what pharmaceutical companies wanted, it also offers them new opportunities to challenge the decisions of trading partners on which drugs they will offer their citizens through government health care programs and the rates at which they will reimburse drug sellers. [snip]
In the United States, pharmaceutical companies and Medicare have fought for years over which drugs are listed for reimbursement, especially when Medicare lists generic drugs over name brands. While advocates of the trade deal, including President Obama, say opening markets to competition should lower prices for consumers, generic drug makers say the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership could raise costs instead.
Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, one of the largest generic-drug makers, said the brand-name pharmaceutical industry was “establishing, through U.S. trade policy, an international system designed to maximize its monopolies.” [snip]
By explicitly listing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the annex makes it clear the United States is not immune to Trans-Pacific Partnership rules.
This is a replay of Barack Obama’s deal with Big Pharma’s Billy Tauzin to pass ObamaCare. After he stops his occupation of the White House expect Barack Obama to make millions from sinecures and largess from Big Pharma and Big Insurance.
The American people, the working Joes and Jills are against this latest ObamaScam:
Survey: Obama’s Trade Proposal a Tough Sell for Most Americans
Despite a heavy push by President Barack Obama for a sweeping multinational trade deal, a majority of Americans echo the concerns of labor unions and a number of Democratic members of Congress that the trade accord will negatively impact U.S. workers and companies.
Two-thirds of Americans say protecting American industries and jobs by limiting imports is more important than allowing free trade so they can buy products at lower prices from any country, according to the most recent NBC News online survey conducted by SurveyMonkey from June 3-5.
And that sentiment is held across party lines, with majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents agreeing that limiting imported inexpensive goods from other countries to protect jobs from other countries is more important than being able to buy cheap goods.
Most Americans have not read in detail what this battle over ObamaTrade is about. Most Americans do not fully grasp the impact on healthcare and drug prices Barack Obama plans to inflict on working Jill and Joe. But Americans do not trust Barack Obama.
As we previously wrote whether TPP or TPA or ObamaTrade is good or bad is near irrelevant. “We could wait another 18 months until this administration is out.” The bottom line is Obama cannot be trusted on any issue by friend nor foe.