Do go read the rest of this AP story -- but here are a few snort-inducing tidbits:
Pharma to Democrats: We're here to help
. . . .even as the former Republican Congressman pledged to work with labor unions and other left-leaning groups, he continued to warn against federal controls on drug prices, particularly in the Medicare drug benefit. . . .
Like many Democrats, President-elect Obama has criticized the Medicare drug benefit as unduly favorable to drugmakers. He supports allowing the federal government to directly negotiate drug prices, which advocates say would cut drug spending for both the government and seniors. Under the current system, insurers and pharmacy care companies negotiate as middlemen between the government and drugmakers.
Tauzin cautioned that a fight over that program could derail larger reform efforts.
"If we get into old wars like that we're not going to be able to move forward," he said. . . .
Pharma's cheerleading for health reform comes less than a week before Democrats take control of both the White House and Congress for the first time in 15 years. . . .
Does PhRMA's new president (former Rep. Billy Tauzin) fancy himself -- as still being in control of any legislative agenda?
"We" won't be able to move forward? Who, exactly is the "we" here, Mr. Tauzin?
There is no chance that Big-Pharma can prevent federally-reimbursed open-market price negotiations/bidding on drugs, by fiat, any longer, Mr. Tauzin.
Consider that just a month ago, PhRMA's Rep. (and Schering-Plough's CEO) Fred Hassan offered a lament -- about being "left out" by the reformers' efforts -- "we need first a seat at the table" -- now, you Mr. Tauzin, say "we" won't be able to "move forward"? My reaction? Ummm. . . .
"Not. A. Chance."
Wake up, and smell the coffee, PhRMA. You'll need to be asking, politely, as any supplicant would -- not faux-dictating, as a demi-god might.