Here in America with Obamacare the insurance and pharmaceutical companies wrote the legislation just what the Republicans used to support. Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and the Right Wing Republican think tank Heritage Foundation back in the 1990s.<quoted text>
You're pretty much right. It's not perfect, but then what is? The important thing to remember, though, is that everyone is covered and yet, it costs Canadians less per capita than Americans. And it's gov't run, as a matter of fact, each of the 10 provinces run their own programme.
Every Republican were against buying medications in bulk just like the Veterans administration does and look who killed it, two Democratic Senators in New Jersey.
Dumbya Bush and Halliburton Cheney did the same with Senior Citizen Prescription Drugs letting Big HMOS and Big Pharma write the legislation.
As soon as Republican Congressman Billy Tauzin left government he received a gigantic lucrative deal with Big Pharma which he pushed for Bush/Cheney in the House.
Reform Bids Die, Health Care Industry Wins
Big Pharma and Insurance Companies Benefit from Demise of Public Option, Drug Re-Importation and Medicare Buy-in
Dec. 16, 2009 / http://tinyurl.com/y86v2ld
If success is measured by return on the dollar, the pharmaceutical industry made a killing, reports CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
The industry spent $20 million lobbying on health care this year. What did they get?
"Thirty million Americans are going to get health insurance subsidies from the federal government, and so 30 million Americans are going to buy a lot more drugs and revenues for the drug companies are going to go through the roof," said Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute.
Also putting pharmaceutical interests in the win column: the swift death of drug re-importation. It would have cost drug makers billions if Americans could buy cheaper drugs from Canada or Europe. Now they can't.
The industry argued on safety grounds that it would be too hard for the FDA to police imported medicine. They even managed to flip their chief opponent -- President Obama. Listen to what he said on the campaign trail:
"We'll allow the safe re-importation of low-cost drugs from countries like Canada," Mr. Obama said in October of 2008.
The Bush who pays the bills
As CEO of fast-growing AthenaHealth, the President's cousin Jonathan is trying to change the way doctors process their paperwork. Now Wall Street is courting him.
January 29 2007 / http://tinyurl.com/y97ccjm
(Fortune Magazine)-- On the last day of November, Jonathan Bush, 37, the CEO of AthenaHealth and a first cousin of the Commander-in-Chief, sat restlessly on a Louis XVI - style sofa in the Presidential Suite of Manhattan's Pierre hotel and faced a pair of investment bankers from Piper Jaffray. Minutes earlier Bush had wrapped up a speech at the firm's annual health-care conference 39 floors below, and now the moneymen were turning on their charm. AthenaHealth, a fast-growing company in the increasingly hot business of providing information technology for doctors' offices, is probably heading for an IPO this year, and Piper would like to run the offering. But that subject was hardly touched - perhaps because, with the hopelessly extroverted Bush in the room, the Piper bankers could never quite gain control of the meeting.