While the mainstream propagandists are in overdrive to give the Democrats the majority in the House of Represents in the 2018 midterms and obsessing over porn stars, madams, imaginary Trump-Russian collusion, and Melania Trump’s fashion sense, the president and his team have been going after drug makers to lower costs for consumers.
With almost no media fanfare, the Administration released their Blueprint for Lowering Drug Prices in May and the impact was immediate. Merck, Pfizer, Novartis not only reversed decisions to raise drug prices in 2018, but also offered discounts on some of their most used medications. Many believe these moves by “Big PhRMA” were preventative to avoid being on the receiving end of one of President Trump’s infamous attack tweets.
It appears, Trump’s toxic tweets are having an effect even when they are not sent.
Here are just a couple of the populist reforms that the administration has been fighting for while the media focuses on impeaching the President: 1) Blocking Big PhRMA from the predatory practice of buying drugs that have been sold overseas for years and then astronomically inflating the cost to hundreds of dollars per pill to American consumers; 2) Increasing competition between drug companies which would provide more transparency and new options for the government to negotiate lower drug prices, a move that has been benefiting the private sector for a long time.
As Americans are getting their latest massive hikes in the cost of healthcare, intentionally timed to go into effect to inoculate the Democrats from blame for Obamacare and build up a public outcry for “free” socialized medicine, President Trump is taking on the all powerful drug lobby and “winning.” He also championed the end of punitive fines for Americans who opted out of buying healthcare packages they didn’t need and couldn’t afford.
The pharmaceutical industry spends more on lobbying annually ($280 last year alone) than “Big Oil, tobacco companies, and the military industrial complex combined. Big PhRMA backed Obamacare. Why? Because it allowed their predatory practices to continue and their profits to flourish at the expense of the American people and taxpayers. There’s a “new sheriff in town” and although you won’t hear much about it from the mainstream propagandists, he is fighting for all Americans whether they voted for him or not.
Democrats, even when President Trump is supporting reforms they once enthusiastically embraced, refuse to back anything that they perceive will help this president and his party at the polls. And their allies in the media would rather dwell on a professional prevaricator Omarosa than on a Trump proposal to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for millions and millions of Americans.
You might not hear about it much, but America has a president who is actually working hard to deliver on the promises he made when he was campaigning for the job…but evidently, that isn’t news these days. But it is certainly new and unusual.
Jayne Carroll hosted a daily talk show in afternoon drive time in the Portland, Oregon metro area for more than 20 years. She wrote a popular conservative newspaper column for over a decade. Her live shows and podcasts can now be heard at TheJayneCarrollShow.com in addition to her political commentary, “Jayne Says“. Jayne and her Producer Jeremy Scott can be contacted here. Guest appearances and speaking bookings can be arranged via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.