— A story from the NYTimes on a secret White House deal on drug prices. Seems the $80 billion present from the drug makers came with strings attached. Duh.
Drug industry lobbyists reacted with alarm this week to a House health care overhaul measure that would allow the government to negotiate drug prices and demand additional rebates from drug manufacturers.
In response, the industry successfully demanded that the White House explicitly acknowledge for the first time that it had committed to protect drug makers from bearing further costs in the overhaul. The Obama administration had never spelled out the details of the agreement.
This photo is from a July 17 protest in California.
I notice that a lot of the people at these protests look old enough to qualify for Medicare, which is a government-run health program. Seems not all of them realize this, inspiring a spew of outrage from the Huff Po.