Why These Senator’s Voted Against Cheaper Medicines

Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I came across this image and knew there had to be much more to the story. This is one industry that has a LOT of money invested in D.C. and it’s not just going in the pockets of Democrats – BOTH sides are equally corrupt when it comes to pharmaceutical and health care.

Democrat Senators Who Voted Against Cheaper Medicines  

My first thought was they are simply motivated by the money they receive from the pharmaceutical companies. Still, I was curious to dig a little deeper. Then I found this article Cory Booker Joins Senate Republicans to Kill Measure to Import Cheaper Medicine From Canada which reads in part:

Bernie Sanders introduced a very simple symbolic amendment Wednesday night, urging the federal government to allow Americans to purchase pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, where they are considerably cheaper. Such unrestricted drug importation is currently prohibited by law.

The Senate voted down the amendment 52-46, with two senators not voting. Unusually, the vote was not purely along party lines: 13 Republicans joined Sanders and a majority of Democrats in supporting the amendment, while 13 Democrats and a majority of Republicans opposed it.

See the full vote here

It is my personal opinion this measure was shot down because Bernie threw in his own “symbolic style” amendment # SA 117 that reads:

ensuring that health care is a right of all Americans, not a privilege dependent on where you live, what job you have, or how much money you make, which shall include a Medicare for All plan to cover everyone in the United States

I used to think health care was a right, but the older I get, and the more I see people abusing programs that enable them to live off the government instead of taking responsibility for their own choices, I have had a change of heart.

When sneaky politicians do things like this, it almost always ensures a rejection. By getting the other side to reject a bill that would obviously be to the benefit of ALL American’s, they are handed even more fodder to promote their divisive agenda – them against us, the rich versus the poor, etc.

It’s so lame!

You can see how several jumped in with their own amendments agenda and butchered what COULD have been a very good thing! There is absolutely NO reason we should not have the option to choose more affordable medications from Canada (or anywhere else) where U.S. based pharmaceutical companies have research, development and manufacturing facilities.

Do you have any idea how many pharmaceutical companies have their headquarters in the United States while having many of their operations set up in other countries? MOST of them! What does that tell you?

I am thoroughly convinced that several of those who oppose S.Amdt. 178 in the name of “safety” are full of it. It is absolutely NOTHING more than politics-as-usual and pure greed! Take those names attached to the amendments here, look them up on OpenSecrets.org – betcha’ find many of them have valuable reason to sabotage any bill that would lower the cost of medication!

In the end, we don’t need imported meds from Canada – we don’t need to pay politicians a ton of money to debate this type of thing – ALL we need is for that that asinine Medicare Prescription Drug Bill to GO AWAY!

Gayla – follow me @Gayla and on Facebook 

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