A memo obtained by the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
) today seems to confirm that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby have secretly agreed to a wide-ranging deal that both parties were denying over the past week.
In a flurry of responses everyone from the drug manufacturer lobbyists to spokespawns for the White House seemed to deprecate the document from Huffington Post reproduced above.
But don’t bet this is not the real deal.
Obama is now Mr. Compromise, or the chief nibbler, when it comes to standing up for Americans against corporations. He has shown he can talk the talk, while running from the fight.
Blue Dog Democrats and New Democrat Coalition members have been stalling healthcare reform for months, and the White House seems on board with this effort, as they support Max Baucus and his so-called compromise efforts with Republicans.
There has been no healthcare reform under Republicans for the past eight years, and none under faux democrat Bill Clinton for the preceeding eight. In fact, Medicare and Medicaid have been cut in the hope they would fail and could be privatized so even more executives could collect their tens of millions of dollars in salary and bonuses.
Unfortunately, Obama has surrounded himself with many of the same actors from the Democratic Leadership Council who sold out America in the 1990s with deregulation, NAFTA, welfare cuts and outsourcing manufacturing and jobs.
A new ad airing in a dozen states is being paid for by a new coalition called Americans for Stable Quality Care. Members of the group are Families USA, the Service Employees International Union, the drug lobby Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the American Medical Association and the Federation of American Hospitals. The ad supports the Obama stance on healthcare.
Doctors, hospitals and drug companies are now paying for ads to support Obama’s plan? That proves that he has sold out healthcare reform in favor of insurance changes to bring in 47 million new policy customers, whether they like it or not.
Published by Fred Donaldson
First full-time job at 17 was dollar-an-hour newspaper copyboy at the Evening and Sunday Bulletin (760,000 daily). Promotions led to general assignments and rewrite at that Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper (1964 and 1965). After the Bulletin, served as the editor of Valley Forge Sentinel and Conshohocken Recorder, Sr. VP of their newspaper group in 1972, and became publisher in 1975 of the West Oak Lane Leader - an African-American community newspaper - for the next 18 years.
In 1993 named president of ING's 18-newspapers in Metro Philadelphia and New Jersey. Company was later purchased by JRC (NYSE), and I was appointed publisher of the Montgomery/Bucks/Philly newspaper division by the infamous Journal Register CEO Bob Jelenic.
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One thought on “Huffington Post releases memo outlining deal with White House and drug kingpins”
I wish the TV newsmakers [like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow] would reveal the real connections of these “spokespawns” – great word!