Bipartisanship bitches

I can’t wait for the Bush administration’s attempt to sell their no compromise position onthis to the American people…

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — The Bush administration said on Sunday that it would strenuously oppose one of the Democrats’ top priorities for the new Congress: legislation authorizing the government to negotiate with drug companies to secure lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

In an interview, Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, said he saw no prospect of compromise on the issue.

“In politics,” Mr. Leavitt said, “most specific issues like this are a disguise for a larger difference. Government negotiation of drug prices does not work unless you have a program completely run by the government. Democrats say they want the government to negotiate prices. What they really want is government-run health care.”

Federal price negotiations would unravel the whole structure of the Medicare drug benefit, which relies on competing private plans, Mr. Leavitt said.

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8 thoughts on “Bipartisanship bitches

  1. They will defend their profits above all else. By negotiating on prices, the drug companies give away the golden goose of the Medicare plan.
    If this realignment of Medicare goes through, the days of champagne and caviar are over for Big Pharma. (Hadassah will be crushed!)
    Bush owes them a lot; he can’t afford to lose their support so soon after losing Congress. Look for the drug companies to seek out other avenues of support such as the courts, naive citizen groups and, of course, other corporations.
    Frak the People! Show me the money!

  2. Tell it to the Veterans Administration which also negotiates for best drug prices.
    I’m sure the American people will side with Mr. 31% over the VA. This one might pass with a veto-proof majority.

  3. “What they really want is government-run health care.”
    Call me crazy, but isn’t that what Medicare was supposed to be? Instead of an ideological playground for free-market fundamentalists, who admit now (in the voice of Mr. Leavitt) that their toy is unable to do this fancy trick of “negotiating for savings” that a government-run system could do — though somehow theirs is still better, for some unexplained reason, and we certainly shouldn’t change from their “better” system to a “worse” system, right?
    Mr. Leavitt may be correct that there is no compromise position between the free-market fundamentalists and the Dem’s plan, but that’s not good news for the FMF’s, ’cause I think it’s the Dems who have the mojo working. (Although I do look forward to the FMF spokesmen going on the teevee and explaining to us how paying higher prices is better for us.)

  4. Bring it on! By threatening or actually vetoing such a change in the prescription progra, Mr. Bush and Sec. Leavitt can hasten the transformation of the Republican party to a Southern regional rather than a national party. Most of the rest of the country wants what Medicare is supposed to be–and what VA and Medicaid systems are–publically managed health care in the public interest.
    Charles

  5. Well, I think I can see where this is going: Bush will fight tooth and nail, sending out waves of endless gibberish-spouting administration spokespeople. They will step in it rather badly. Then, when things are looking their darkest for Bush on this issue, he will immediately cave, do a 180, say he was always for negotiating prices.
    And then proceed to fuck that up, too.
    All to the cheering of dear ol’ Timmeh and his 500 friends.

  6. well now mr. KKKarl, sooper genius, people are starting to RETHINK socialized medicine. heck, i think i say an ad from the AMA for it.

  7. Ditto. Ya took the words right out of my mouth. I’ll just add this:
    “What they really want is government-run health care.”
    Uhhh…Duh!!! Hell yeah we do!!! Ask some of my elderly clients. Good luck Asshats.

  8. So, Mr. Republican, does that mean that Clinton was right?
    And if Clinton was right. that means you were what?
    Hint – Begins with W-R-O-N-G

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