Former US Senator David Durenberger writes in his weekly e-mail newsletter:
Former Democratic and Republican Congressman and PhaRMA exec Billy Tauzin brazenly told the White House that they'd made a deal to contribute $80 billion over 10 years to reducing the cost of health care and it was the White House's job to make sure the Democratic Congress stuck to the deal. Said brazen Billy: "Who is ever going into a deal with the White House again if they don't keep their word? You are just going to duke it out instead."
Within a few short hours, the Democratic leadership in the House told Mr. Tauzin where he could shove his "deal" and they were more than prepared to duke it out with him. Cheers from everyone for the quick put-down - which should have come from the White House, but didn't. Breathes there a man (or woman) with soul so dead that never to him/herself has said, "the drug industry has had health care financing policy to itself forever?" If a Democratic majority in Congress and the White House can't break PhaRMA's lock on America's health and health care spending, then health policy reform is impossible.