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What we’re up against

The Center for Responsive Politics has sifted through the lobbying disclosure forms this year and discovered that the drug trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, has spent more than $66.5 million in the first three months of 2009 on pushing its health reform goals. That means Big Pharma is shelling out more than $1.2 million per day to influence your legislator.

Through March, pharmaceutical companies had more than 1,300 lobbyists on payroll.

So, what does PhRMA spending all that money on? One of its primary goals is to defeat the public option. It’s going to take a lot of constituents to overcome that kind of money and manpower.

7 Comments


  1. Jack

    July 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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  2. Kimberly

    July 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I emailed a letter to Senator Hagan, Congressman Etheridge, Senator Burr, President Obama, and Healthreform.gov asking them to support a strong National Public Health Plan with a waiver option that will guarantee coverage to everyone regardless of health condition or income and will require medical professionals to participate in the plan to alleviate the current problem that Medicaid and Medicare recipients face accessing health care. If everyone would share their story and contact their gov. reps. then our voices would drown out the lobbiests and we would win this fight.

  3. Robert K

    July 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Kudos, Kimberly! I totally agree. I have contacted my representatives several times over the past few weeks to let them know that we demand a public option, if not single payer health care. Please guys, call your reps today. You’ve no idea the power you have until you use it. Be the voice we need!

  4. Mc Arthur

    November 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    The author has written an excellent article. You have made your point and there is not much to argue about. It is like the following universal truth that you can not argue with: No truth is universal, everything has its exception. Thanks for the info

  5. lamer40

    January 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for the great info.

  6. spanning

    January 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

  7. Good to Know

    January 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

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