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May 4, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Should Medicare be able to negotiate prices of medication?

Pharmaceutical companies are corrupt, people reluctant to speak out

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is the American blueprint for massive government corruption [“Give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices,” Opinion, May 2]. It was written specifically by big pharma and pushed by congressman-turned-big-pharma-lobbyist Billy Tauzin.

The bill immorally tied the hands of the largest purchaser on Earth (Medicare), preventing it from using its leverage to negotiate. Ask Costco or Wal-Mart Stores Inc. not to use their leverage for purchasing and they’ll rightly escort you to a padded room.

This high level of corruption is business as usual, forcing Americans to obey immoral laws that allow billions to be stolen by big pharma and their congressional friends. Given Wall Street’s control of Congress as well, to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” is purely treasonous.

The only thing more damaging to the moral fiber of this country was the failure of good people to oppose the continuous lies and corruption. And you’ll be sure to see lots of news reports of a few welfare cheats because corporate theft of tax dollars is perfectly legal.

William McQuaid, Seattle

Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Billy Tauzin, health care, Medicare

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