Thirteen(13) democrats showed their true colors Wednesday by voting against a bill which would have allowed the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. It was an effort to reduce the inflated costs in the US and to help seniors lower their medical expenses in an amendment sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders and supported by many republicans. The 13, as it turns out, are up for reelection in 2018 and Big Pharma is a major contributor to all of their campaigns; hence the no votes.
As an example, Sen. Sanders receives no Big Pharma money and 68% of his campaign funding in 2016 came from small individual donors(less than $200). Whereas Sen. Booker received 78% from large contributors and $385,678 from Big Pharma. Similar numbers are available for the other twelve Big Pharma lap-dogs who put their reelection campaigns ahead of serving the people.
Sen. Booker said the following:
“I support the importation of prescription drugs as a key part of a strategy to help control the skyrocketing cost of medications. Any plan to allow the importation of prescription medications should also include consumer protections that ensure foreign drugs meet American safety standards. I opposed an amendment put forward last night that didn’t meet this test. The rising cost of medications is a life-and-death issue for millions of Americans, which is why I also voted for amendments last night that bring drug prices down and protect Medicare’s prescription drug benefit. I’m committed to finding solutions that allow for prescription drug importation with adequate safety standards.”
Does Sen. Booker really believe that prescriptions drugs(name brand drugs) imported from Canada are really unsafe? We are not talking about some garbage from China or Vietnam. Canada happens to be a real country with high living standards and not a third rate kleptocracy. Or is it that Sen. Booker and the other twelve are just spineless cowards more interested in Big Pharma money and are not inclined to provide real support to the little people. The same little people who supported Sen. Sanders in his presidential campaign and whom the 13 claim to care about.
Once again this episode shows that the Democratic Party is infected with self-serving opportunists who lacks the guts to be progressive and really support the people they claim to champion. They are just what the Republicans are not, a party of no convictions or backbone. And we wonder how we got Trump.
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