Alternet:How the White House’s Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

Written by admin on August 14th, 2009

Robert Reich writes about the behind the scenes lobbying going on now concerning the health care debate.  Check out the article here:

http://www.alternet.org/politics/141910

But I also care about democracy, and the deal between Big Pharma and the White House frankly worries me. It’s bad enough when industry lobbyists extract concessions from members of Congress, which happens all the time. But when an industry gets secret concessions out of the White House in return for a promise to lend the industry’s support to a key piece of legislation, we’re in big trouble. That’s called extortion: An industry is using its capacity to threaten or prevent legislation as a means of altering that legislation for its own benefit. And it’s doing so at the highest reaches of our government, in the office of the President.

The Best Government Money Can Buy? is a non partisan documentary about the relationship between lobbying and campaign financing.

 

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