PhRMA's Final Push for Healthcare Reform
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 02:41:50 PM EDT
Via Ben Smith, PhRMA has put together its closing argument in favor of healthcare reform:
Say what you will about the PhRMA deal -- that the cost of bringing the industry inside the tent (i.e. nixing prescription drug reimportation) was too high -- its support has been key to helping sell healthcare reform. And although the bill is far from perfect, it does cover 30 million Americans (including 15 million to be added to the rolls of governmental programs like Medicaid and CHIP), all while greatly reducing the long-term deficit. Indeed, there is a reason why liberal support for healthcare reform has increased by 16 points in just the past month, providing pressure on Members like Dennis Kucinich to flip their vote in favor of the bill.