We're starting to see more slanted media coverage as the battle over prescription drugs heats up.
Part of the First 100 Hours Agenda is to give our government the power to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare recipients, using the collective bargaining power to drive costs down.
Proponents have noted that our Veterans Administration (VA) already has that negotiating power on behalf of vets, and it works. Why not do the same for Medicare?
Big Pharma -- the fat cat pharmaceutical industry -- can't easily oppose cheaper prices, so it's using flimsy arguments claiming that empowering Medicare can't work.
Ominously, in recent days we've seen pieces in the NY Times, LA Times and Washington Post echoing Big Pharma's arguments.
In particular, they charge that the Democratic proposal for Medicare won't work like the VA system. The VA has a restrictive list of the drugs it covers, they say, and it can threaten companies with being taken off the list. And expected Dem legislation won't include making a similar restrictive list for Medicare.
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