Democrats Become The Targets Of Anti-Big Pharma Group

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Опубликовано 18 августа 2018, 17:00
The anti big pharma group has decided to target Democrats instead of Republicans on their ad where they talk about Democrats really are not carrying their weight where comes to pushing back with the pharma industry. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this issue.

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Welcome back to Ring of Fire. I'm Mike Papantonio here with Farron Cousins. Farron, the anti big pharma group has decided to target Democrats instead of Republicans on their ad where they talk about Democrats really are not carrying their weight where comes to pushing back with the pharma industry. Now this is a big story, okay. This is a big story because these advocacy groups, I mean they've had a natural target. I mean look, Republicans where it comes to big pharma we've always known, yeah they're always gonna side up with big pharma. They've always gotten big money from big pharma, but what we've started seeing, I call it the Cory Booker years, okay.

It really started just maybe five years before a Cory Booker type comes along. Wall Street Democrats is what we call them. Where Cory Booker great example, while I'm thinking about it. Cory Booker comes out ... By the way, he wants to run for President of the United States. Wait till this story comes out where Cory Booker is the person who rounded up the votes to defeat a measure that was going to pass in Congress where we would have a way to lower pharmaceutical drug prices. Who was the person who headed it up? Cory Booker. So, these advocacy groups are saying, do you know what? Why are we just talking about Republicans? Democrats are just as bad here when it comes to this issue. Pick it up from there.

I think this is a great move, and to be honest, I think this is something they should have done from the very beginning. Look, it would appear based on public opinion polls at this point that Medicare for All, lowering prescription drug prices, those are inevitabilities right her in the United States. Some time, probably in the next 10 to 15 years, those things are gonna become a reality because of the public pressure. Republicans do not respond to public pressure. They do not respond to these outside activist organizations ever. Democrats, that's the only way they know how to do anything. If it's a corporation paying them they'll do that. If it's public pressure telling them don't do it, well then they won't do it. And so this group would have been better served spending their money from the beginning targeting people like Cory Booker, but instead-

And cleaning out the party.

Right.

Cleaning up the party, basically.

... instead you have people like, Howard Dean who at one point when he was running for president in '04 wanted Medicare for All. One of the first to even say that phrase, but then he became a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical health care industry, and now he's saying that's a stupid idea. You're an idiot if you believe it.

Yeah. I mean literally he's changed 180 and it's all about dinero. I mean it's all about money. Okay, so look when I saw this story you know the story that I thought about is I thought about this story we did a few weeks ago where Perez comes out and says, "Do you know what? We need to start taking fossil fuel money again." Okay.

God.

Yeah. "We need to start taking fossil fuel money again." Now that's after Perez is appointed to the DNC. You know what their new slogan is? Is, For The People. We care about people. We don't care about anybody, but people. It ain't looking like that when you look at this story. So, what they did they opened up this idea, this flood of money now coming from the fossil fuel industry, are Democrats. This is the same thing, isn't it?

It's exactly the same thing. And that For The People it sounds like a cheesy law firm slogan here, but that's what they're going with. And so, the fossil fuel money, the pharmaceutical money, they're taking the Wall Street money. They're taking money from every corporation while on the surface trying to say, well maybe, maybe Medicare for All. No, we don't like fossil fuel money. They think everybody stops looking.
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