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February 16, 2010
Pharma and the Health Care Bill: Value For the Money?
I hesitate to open up the whole topic of health care reform again. (For the record, I think that the bills, in their current forms, are dead). But one thing that struck me was how early the pharma industry trade group PhRMA got involved in the negotiations, and the sort of deal that they struck.
I note that Billy Tauzin, head of the organization at the time, seems to have been instrumental in those negotiations, and that he has now left his position. You can read this account of the whole affair, courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation, and decide to what extent those two statements are related. I also note that, if that article is accurate, at least $100 million dollars was spent by the trade group in the process.
I get emails from people at PhRMA once in a while. I'm expecting the next one by this afternoon. . .
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