Friday, November 24, 2006

Drug Industry Mourns Santorum's Pending Departure

"We're going to have tough days ahead of us," Ken Johnson, spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, told the Washington Post.

A post-election e-mail to executives at the drug company GlaxoSmithKline details just how tough. "We now have fewer allies in the Senate," says the internal memo, obtained by the Post. The company's primary concerns are bills that would allow more imported drugs and would force price competition for drugs bought under Medicare.

The defeat of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) "creates a big hole we will need to fill," the e-mail says. Sen.-elect Jon Tester (D-MT) "is expected to be a problem," it says, and the elevation to the Senate of Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) "will strengthen his ability to challenge us."

The Post reports that drug companies are hiring Democratic lobbyists, but they're holding on to their Republican lobbyists.

Their gameplan is clear: fight legislation as necessary, knowing that the Democrats don't have veto-proof (or even filibuster-proof) majorities. The underlying reason? If the Democratic-controlled Congress struggles, Republicans could regain control in 2008.

And by that point, the drug industry can find another Republican to carry its water, much like their buddy, "Gunga Din" Santorum.


Anonymous whoop4467 said...

The nation needs to prepare for more of the repukes "high moral values" tactics! Hell, the "terrorist" have to do nothing else to destroy America! They can sit back and let the "high moral value" repukes do it for them!!

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Santorum is also one of the best friends to the military contractors raping America's taxpayers in Iraq with overpriced and incompetent work (ala Haliburton's contaminated water). The contractors as with the pharmaceutical industry will miss his sorry ass.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous zanne said...


Meanwhile, I can't afford to buy my heart medication you slimy bastards. You can read about people going without their medication, but until it happens to you, you don't quite "feel the pain".

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the gop favors corporate needs

over the neediest among us. what a great interpretation of judeo-christian ethics, from a bunch of hypocrites.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous xchrom said...

lieberman will fill the gap and with his position as spoiler -- find others to aid his assault on american citizens.

12:53 AM  

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