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While discussing an amendment to have drug companies pay more to the government as part of the health care reform bill, Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., said:
I'll tell you — if someone negotiated a deal with me and I agreed to put up say, 80 dollars or 80 million dollars or 80 billion dollars and then you came back and said to me a couple of weeks later — no no, I know you agreed to do 80 billion and I know you were willing to help support through an advertising campaign this particular — not even this particular bill, just the idea of generic health care reform? No, we're going to double — we're going to double what you agreed in those negotiations to do. That's not the way — that's not what I consider treating people the way I'd want to be treated.
Carper wants to keep the cost to drug companies at $80 billion; apparently, he thinks a secret deal is a deal, while the FDL folks think Congress shouldn't be held to any limitations in a deal that was negotiated in secret with just a few members and/or the Obama administration.
Could we spare a little outrage for the fact that the White House and perhaps members of Congress apparently negotiated a deal on legislation in exchange for running millions of dollars in ads? How is this not bribery and a violation of campaign finance laws?"
More at http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/23/did-the-white-house-cut-a-deal-with-drugmakers-for-an-ad-campaign and http://campaignsilo.firedoglake.com/2009/09/23/carper-public-defends-secret-phrma-deal-in-exchange-for-support-ads.