Despite 45's pledges about getting tough on pharma pricing -- it turns out that all the usual suspects are now all hiring as a lobbyist, the firm that houses the former chief of staff to HHS Secretary Price (Trump's main man!) -- to lobby on reimbursement issues, among other topics.
This is why federal disclosure laws are so critical: at least we the people may see what is being done, in our name.
Moreover, this is but one tiny example -- proving a general narrative -- 45 is a. . . fraud. This junk is rolling out, all over DC.
And to be clear, Merck is just playing the game in the usual smart way. No dart thrown, here -- or at Amgen or PhRMA -- they'd be fools not to have this guy as their mouth piece in DC. And I am sure he's a very capable ethical advocate. It is just an endless revolving door game, in truth. . . .
From the LD-1 Kenilworth had filed last month, then:
. . . .Matt McGinley -- Covered Positions: Chief of Staff, Rep. Tom Price; Chief of Staff, Republican Policy Committee; DCOS & LD, Rep. Brian Kerns. . . .
UPDATED: 04.17.2017 -- Merck now reports that the $20,000 it spend in Q1 2017 with the lobbying firm was for ". . .Tax Reform: International tax provisions as it relates to the taxation of income derived from intangible property. . . ." We will watch the full reporting cycle this year to see whether that remains -- as the limit of the firm's engagement. . . . [End, Updated portion.]
Ahh. . . it smells like. . . swamp, to me. 45 has not a snowball's chance in the River Styx of ending this sort of coziness [my cynical side says it is all intended, all the bluster was for the suckers-show, only]. Hilarious. Even so, I find I cannot stop. . . grinning (on this clear azure morning -- old friends are the best friends!), despite this rather cynical turn of events, on drug and biologic price policy setting. Onward!