Jun 082012
 

Latest Emails Show the Extent Of Obama’s Ties To The Pharmaceutical Industry

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On the campaign trail Barack ‘Blaze a Blunt’ Obama promised not to sell out to special interests, but to stand up for change. Yet when big pharma came knocking at his door with a pile of money, he quickly changed his tune. The latest batch of emails released by House Republicans prove Obama will give in to any industry, so long as it serves his personal political purpose regardless of promises made to the contrary.

Back in 2009, drug industry lobbyists sought to stop Obama from supporting a bill aimed at lowering medicine prices by allowing the reimportation of certain pharmaceuticals. The obvious lever: support for his plan to overhaul healthcare. On June 3, 2009, a lobbyist sent an email to the presidents chief healthcare advisor, Nancy-Ann DeParle. Her response was that the administration had “made a decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation on the bill.”

During his campaign, Obama attacked the pharmaceutical industry, but as we all now know, when the chips are down, Obama folds like a wallet. The emails also detail Obama’s deep reliance on big pharma to finance the adevertising campaign in support of his healthcare overhaul. With Obama on the end of big pharma’s leash, no wonder he continues to crackdown on medical marijuana.

Basically, the prescription drug industry gave Obama 80 billion dollars in support of his healthcare plan in exchange for favorable treatment on other issues. From the beginning Obama promised to open up the decision making process to public view, but when the big drug boys came calling, all bets were off, and Obama starting making back-room deals. I wonder how many back-room deals he’s made with respect to cannabis?

As an example of Obama’s two-faced dealings consider this email sent by a union boss after meeting with Jim Messina, Obama’s then Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, to discuss financing the healthcare overhaul advertising campaign, “They plan to hit up the ‘bad guys’ for most of the $, they want us to just put in enough to be able to put our names in it – he is thinking @100K.”

Ultimately, the deals were made, and Obama gave up his principles for dough. Bryant Hall, then senior vice president of the pharmaceutical group, said it best, “We got a good deal.”

Democrats have rushed to the President’s defense claiming it’s just business as usual. Hold on just a minute. I seem to remember something about change. Beyond his general statements, Obama specifically attacked big pharma on the campaign trail stating:

The pharmaceutical industry wrote into the prescription drug plan that Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies. And you know what? The chairman of the committee who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry making $2 million a year. That’s an example of the same old game playing in Washington. You know, I don’t want to learn how to play the game better. I want to put an end to the game playing.

Yeah right bud. We now know that was just the sort of double talk we’ve come to expect from Obama. I hope when his head stops spinning it’s still facing forward, or ‘Million Dollar Mitt’ might beat him in November. Obama had better snap out of it before it’s too late. I really don’t want see how bad things can become in this country under another dunderheaded Republican–do you?

Source: http://republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/Media/file/PDFs/20120531ObamacareDeals.pdf

 

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  • noramoo

    didnt he just say he wouldnt legalize in his second term?

  • http://twitter.com/trempls tr

    Why would you ever wish for Mitt Romney to win when there’s Gary Johnson?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

      I would never wish for Mitt Romney to win. I’d rather slide down a hot poker. I’m saying that it could happen if Obama doesn’t shape up fast. I am personally voting for Gary Johnson.Â

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240116715 Arielle NaMara

         You many not WANT (R)money to win, but you’ll be helping him do so. :(

  • Sharonday6

    I for one will not be voting for either this time! I call Obama every week and I tell his office I will not be voting for his re-election unless he at the very least reschedules cannabis by November! I will be voting Gary Johnson! If Obama does not wise up he will be defeated, and Romney is VERY scary guy!!! Anyone that puts on a police uniform and puts a red light on top of their car and pulls ppl over is quite a sick individual! Weather you are just a boy in college or not!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240116715 Arielle NaMara

       Yes, Mint (R)money is a VERY scary guy and I think we all have a responsibility to do WHATEVER is necessary to make sure that he and the rest of his dangerous, misogynistic, oligarchic, theocratic,
      bigoted, environment-hating,  Koch-whore party does NOT get the opportunity to finish off the utter destruction of the working class in this country that they started under Bush.Â

  • dr. erniepaul izereckt

    Mitt would surely mean loads-o-shit from the redneck republican pulpit indeed!!

  • saracsit

    Not at all. I’ve been pissed off at Obama since his first year. To be fair, he has gotten some things through. I like the health care plan, the repeal of DADT, the fact he admitted same sex marriage is no big deal, etc. I don’t like the concessions he has made, the promises he has broken, the fact that he’s not a concise speaker, but especially his backtracking on Marijuana.
    My vote will be for Obama, but not because I like him, because I don’t want the other guy to win. I have not forgotten 8 frigging years of Bush.
    I propose we keep pushing him to address marijuana especially here in Colorado which is a battleground state and has Amendment 64 on the ballot this November. This is getting a lot of press. The campaign has beeen on CNN, Huffington Post, other states who are watching and following closely behind. Ive been campaigning with them and the response is enthusiastic, to say the least. We have billboards, commercials and I hear some $$ to make some more commercials as well.
    At the very, very least I’d like him to say. I will call off the hounds & reign the Justice Department in.
    Am I dreaming when I wish for straight talk and answers from him? Why won’t he seriously address this? I hope he gets it at all the debates. Wouldn’t that be fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlc.harris Mlc Harris

    Is 80$ Billion worth  the price to maintain Cannabis ilegalize and uses inner-cities men as a Comodity in For Profit Prison System? Each day/month more States are legailzing Medical Cannabis,we,er now at 17 States that have some form of legailzation, when we reach 25-30 States,what then? It,s time to make Cannabis/Hemp a States Rights issue. and vote for it in what ever form the Citizen , vote on,and tax it . A Oppressive government is more to be feared than ,a Tiger  If you ever wonder how they got away with it (1932-1945) your watching it, and been a part of Reagan,s ” JIM CROW” Drug War Laws  and to be a part of this, make “U.S.” no better then those put on Trial in “Nuremberg”!

  • Skywolf Neal Smith

    Neither Obama nor Romney, nor either of the two mainstream Parties are going to help the people. They are all beholden to the corporations, and until we get out of this Democrat-Republican thing and stop doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting. Jill Stein and the Green Party is 100% behind relegalization of Marijuana. Yes, the Greens can win if we quit saying they can’t and vote for them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240116715 Arielle NaMara

       If me and folks who think like me vote for the Greens, Mint (R)money wins…and I CANNOT have that…sorry.  I’m sticking with President Obama, thanks.Â

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elpenor-Dignam/100001122160261 Elpenor Dignam

    Let’s not forget, big pharma have a vested interest in marijuana as they are currently patenting and licencing it for the treatment of a range of conditions such as MS. The don’t want home growers undercutting them when they begin to market it.Â

  • Guest

    With all of Obama’s complete turn arounds on so many important issues these past four years, Do you often imagine what the next 4 years will bring us, or not bring us, If he is voted in again,, Obama has gone back on his word on many issues throughout his time in the White House and the past over a year now, it has been pure HELL with him,, He has shown that his word means nothing,, He is a liar and a cheat.. He has not and will not address all sides of the Marijuana issue, It’s his destructive ways of dealing with it or no way at all.. How does one, (at what ever age),, who has partaken in using Marijuana get so violently one sided on what to do here..From his experience, He knows Marijuana is not the evil drug.. It’s all money and that makes me sick and scared for the future of our relationship with Marijuana,,,,

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240116715 Arielle NaMara

       And Mint (R)money is a warped, twisted, dangerous, misogynistic, oligarchic, theocratic,
      bigoted, environment-hating, monster.  I’m sticking with President Obama, thanks.Â

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.wallick Jordan Wallick

        Thats putting it nicely. I would have used harsher descriptions. He is far worse than anyone could imagine.Â

  • http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaWeed Oklahoma Weed

    Obama has lied about not cracking down on Medical Marijuana, bring an end to the war, bringing the troops home, having a “yes we can” and mean it intent on the economy. What has he not lied about, health care? Yeah right, you better wake up folks if he is in bed with the big pill mills to the tune of $80 billion do you really think for a minute the health care plan he put in place is a good thing for any of us? Can you trust Mitt Romney, HELL NO, but MAY not be as bad as Obama will be. Just think of how Obama will screw us if he does not have to worry about another election, he will have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
    My question to you is why even talk about Obama or Romney, when there is still a chance of Ron Paul being on the ballot and we know that Gary Johnson will be on it for sure. Imagine what could happen if the names Obama & Romney were never spoken again until after the election, I bet those 2 would not be President of the United States!!
    Every time their names are spoken they just got advertisement, so who do you want to get the most advertisement? Also don’t fall into the trap of the labels of Democrats & Republicans and not vote for a guy you don’t think has a chance of winning cause that is how the wrong guy wins every time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240116715 Arielle NaMara

       I would NEVER vote for Ron Paul…EVER!  Yes, I want cannabis legalized.  I want it VERY badly, but NOT so badly that I’m willing to have a LUNATIC like Paul destroying necessary things like the Department of Education.  That man is INSANE and I don’t want to live in HIS “you’re on your own” world. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/04/10-reasons-not-to-vote-for-paul/  I would NEVER support this crazy man.Â

      • Sabbrosso

        Ron Paul may be a little odd, but the department of education is one the most inefficient waste of money that the federal government has put in place. As a matter of fact, public education has worsened since it was established  in 1979. And probably the president that wasted the most money on it was George W. Bush and his propaganda machine.

      • http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaWeed Oklahoma Weed

        Ha ha …The LUNATIC has been at the helm for the last term as president.

        SOME DAY YOU WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE THE GUY THEY MAKE FUN OF AND REFUSE TO GIVE MEDIA COVERAGE TOO EXCEPT TO SCARE YOU OR MAKE FUN OF HIM IS THE GUY YOU SHOULD BE VOTING FOR.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.wallick Jordan Wallick

      The reason its a two party system is because they have lobbyist who funnel dirty money into massive campaigns on TV and everywhere else. 3rd party candidates dont get that kind of money and cant advertise like the big two so the masses only see 2 candidates. Not like they count our votes anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508194588 Gregory Walker

    Where are the e-mails?  This article makes a very big accusation with absolutely no proof to back it up. Â

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

      See my reply above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

    The President “made a decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation on the bill.” by chief healthcare advisor, Nancy-Ann DeParle

    “They plan to hit up the ‘bad guys’ for most of the $, they want us to just put in enough to be able to put our names in it – he is thinking @100K.” by a Union Boss.

    Bryant Hall, then senior vice president of the pharmaceutical group, said it best, “We got a good deal.”Â

    Here are the emails I have found so far. I will continue to update the post as I find more relevant emails. Keep in mind, it’s not like we’re going to get a smoking gun here. Obama is cunning. But, we can deduce his motives from what his lackies, and enemies have said on his behalf, and about discussions with the President.

    • Yolandanelson31

      You are quoting something that you can’t even reference! When you post the actual email then I will think about giving what you claim some credibility.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IFMEPOY7YZAKG2TBRNSBG5BGFU A.E.

        You won’t believe it when the email is posted either. You already said so above: you’d just claim the email header was forged.

        People like you aren’t really as intelligent as they think they are or pretend to be.Â

        For example: You’re not “skeptical” – you are an Obama supporter, a true-believer in the President. If you were “skeptical,” you’d wonder why the president has a history of saying one thing and doing another. You wouldn’t just excuse it, and you certainly wouldn’t attack others who ask questions.You are, quite frankly, merely the mirror image of the Republicans you hate.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green
  • http://twitter.com/robbykush Robby Kush

    so the gist? politicians lie…

  • Lcfmiami

    That’s sad. Politics are sad. Bad with Obama imagine if a republican win? We the people(marijuana users) are doomed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Tokareff/1181624926 Raymond Tokareff

    The best government money can buy

  • aka Th Floridabadger

    Just where in Sams Hill ARE all these emails? Show me! Don’t just BS me!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

      They are in bold.Â

      • Yolandanelson31

        So if I bold or italicizes my text that means it came from somewhere else? Show me the account details showing that it actually came from a government entity, even then I would be skeptical since I’m in IT and know that it too can be forged

  • Sabbrosso

    After seeing the articles on young Barack smoking habits and the hypocrisy shown by his administration. There is only one obvious choice for the November election. Gary Johnson. A vote for anybody else doesn’t help the cause. Even if  Jill Stein is running on the Green Party and they support cannabis legalization, they don’t have the pull of Gary Johnson who has been on National TV, at least four times this week. Besides the governor has been an advocate of legalization since 1999 while still in office and has shared his experience handling pain from 2005 to 2008 with cannabis after a paragliding accident. Also his record while governing New Mexico is impressive. Can you get a better candidate than that? Â

  • Mikejames37

    People, no matter who we choose to win the upcoming elections we all loose. Your vote doesn’t mean shit these days. We all have this feeling that our vote counts when it comes to electing our president. If the electoral college thinks the we as Americans made a poor decision, then they will elect a candidate of THEIR choosing. Vote for no one and see what happens…nothing. See, we loose to big Pharma and more no matter what we vote for.
    I also wanted to make a statement about us fighting for our freedom every time we go to war. Dumb-ass Americans across our country think or say “We’re fighting for our freedom”. Hey dumb-ass, we’re free (to a point) already. We don’t fight in Afganistan to keep our country free. Not only are we being run by big business but we’re also being brain washed by government. Where were you for the march on Wall street and the Capital? Doesn’t matter because nothing changed anyway.  Â

  • Sabbrosso

    When Obama looses Colorado and sees Gary Johnson’s vote numbers then we will get the democrats attention.Â

  • Yolandanelson31

    This site is no different than all other sites “bash Obama”, you state in your article that these supposed emails came from the House Republican, that to me discredits this crap up front. Any group of politicians that we pay to run our government and they make thier only goal to not let the president have but one term is cruddy on all levels. Further more the republicans are the ones who are so against legalizing any form of marijuana be it for medicine or recreational uses. The conservatives that want to take us back into the racist days of the 1800′s. But if this site is truly about ending prohibition as it claims then you should only deal in facts and not some trumped up accusations dealt out by the other party. Just saying

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

      The emails were not written by Republicans, they simply made the request which revealed them. This isn’t about partisanship, it’s about truth.Â

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IFMEPOY7YZAKG2TBRNSBG5BGFU A.E.

      Obama could order the rescheduling of marijuana right now.
      He could make it a prescription drug. Like cocaine.
      Right here. Right now. In the “land of the free.”
      No Congressional approval needed.
      Executive order.

      You believe the Big Lie if you must.
      But don’t insist others adopt your blind trust.

      • Graceman

        Thereby guaranteeing that he would not be re-elected. I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t do that to support maybe 10% of the population that uses marijuana and fails to vote in every election. You believe in your own importance, don’t expect others to follow suit.

  • Mcalfie89

    vote for osama 2017

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.wallick Jordan Wallick

    No surprises there.. First you would have to believe that when a politician makes a “promise” that it actually means something, which it does not. Of course he would give in to Big Pharma and their boat loads of cash. Big Money has always decided the president and has always made the rules. Its a legal form of bribery and payoffs, and its the biggest problem in the country. Lobbyists are dirty. They funnel dirty money to politicians in order to be granted special favors from those in power. Its a scam. Welcome to America, land of the enslaved.
    Saldy, he is still better than Romney who thinks anyone with cancer that smokes a joint should be put in jail for life. What a retard. This country is going down the crapper and no one cares.

  • fuck it

    buck em all

    • kkk

      fuck em all

  • Pmsurfer

    its all about money i bet barry choom obama would vote a different way

  • Fewestnew

    No, J., and stories like this could assure it for us. If Romney wins, I will be checking on how to make a living from Canada. What’s the source of your references to e-mails released by the Republicans? (Surprise, surprise.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

      I refuse to coddle Obama simply because he’s the lesser of two evils. I’m a former Marine, and know this: I love this country. Come hell or high water I’m not leaving. Heading to Canada is not a solution. We must stop picking between dunce one or dunce two. I pretty much despise all politicians equally. I will not throw my hat in the ring with a man who makes back-room deals with the devil. Will you?

  • jontomas

    All marijuana consumers, and lovers of freedom, should not allow themselves to be fooled again. Obama will NEVER spend any “political capital” on marijuana reform. Both major parties are totally corrupt on this issue ( as well as other issues, of course).
    ?
    The best candidate is Governor Gary Johnson, in the Libertarian Party. Not only did he save New Mexico from financial disaster, he was the driving force behind that state’s implementation of medical marijuana. He is also that rare, HONEST politician. What he says he will do, he does. Johnson says:
    ?
    >>>”The parallels between drug policy today and Prohibition in the 1920’s are obvious, as are the lessons our nation learned. Prohibition was repealed because it made matters worse. Today, no one is trying to sell our kids bathtub gin in the schoolyard and micro-breweries aren’t protecting their turf with machine guns. It’s time to apply that thinking to marijuana. By making it a legal, regulated product, availability can be restricted, under-age use curtailed, enforcement/court/incarceration costs reduced, and the profit removed from a massive underground and criminal economy.
    ?
    By managing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco — regulating, taxing and enforcing its lawful use — America will be better off. The billions saved on marijuana interdiction, along with the billions captured as legal revenue, can be redirected against the individuals committing real crimes against society.”

  • Whoopingwhirl

    The dunder headed republican will do a much better job managing the country and economy than Obama.  Obama is just as rich as the people he demonizes. The only people that dont see that are the mindless Obama zombies that are clinging to the fallacy that he actually gives a shit about them. Marijauna reform is slowly coming about. It is not going to change overnight. Whether there is a democrat or a republican in the white house the reform will keep happening. It is a movement that cannot be stopped by any political party

    • Graceman

      Well, mindless zombies and anyone with a memory will see that under Republicans the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Why poor people continue to vote for Republicans is beyond me. Perhaps ‘mindless living’ describes those? We do agree on incremental change being the path of reform but the road probably does lead to Big Pharma controlling all the drugs through their buddy the FDA. Me, I want Big Grocery to win the battle and put it in there next to broccoli, where it belongs.

      • Mikejames37

        I friggin agree fully. Very funny

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G65EGY6ACWLTB3B66ZSCCIFMCI Mikey

    Obama is nothing but a fucking turd. Don’t Re-Nig in 2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.t.vance Thomas Tony Vance

    Except that Romney will not legalize mmj.  Our best chance is with the Dems whether we like it or not.  Could it be he’s playing them till after the election?  He really needs that money to get reelected.  With out reelection nothing will happen at least on the national front.

    • Mark Griggs

      Romney/Obama are both the exact same.  I’m astonished that either still have support, especially within this circle.  Watch Ron Paul argue for drug law reform infront of a bunch of douchebag “conservatives” and tell me that doesn’t move you..

      • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.t.vance Thomas Tony Vance

        It absolutely does however as a realist I must take into count the odds of him being able to do anything about it. His son reluctantly supports our hemp bill here in KY but not a word about the med mmj bill sb11. With that in mind, i must throw my support where it is most likely to have the outcome i want. Cool Barry at this point dosen’t have to do anything but let the States make the change. Best odds, support Dems and Rep Polis’s bill to end mmj prohibition.

  • Silverado

    “They who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 to prove they were not a
    racist,will have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove they’re not an
    idiot.” ~ Anonymous

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    We have one Party with two factions. Vote for the faction of your choice this November.

    Or Gary Johnson.Â