The lame duck session of Congress has just begun, and already some Democrats are caving to GOP pressure to pass a massive last-minute giveaway to Big Pharma.
Here are just a few of the worst parts of the proposed bill:
- An investor close to the GOP would get to ram insufficiently tested treatments through the FDA and sell them to desperate patients -- meaning big profits for corporations and riskier health care for the rest of us.
- Drug companies would be allowed to go back to hiding the lavish kickbacks they pay to doctors in order to convince them to push their products.
- Donald Trump would be given 100% control over what communities receive federal aid to deal with the opioid crisis. He could then use that money as a slush fund to reward elected officials who supported him with help in their districts -- or to extort promises of future cooperation from those who oppose his agenda.
Exit polls from this election showed that 70% of Americans think that our politicians -- regardless of party -- are too cozy with big corporations. Bills like this one are the reason why.
If Democrats want to rebuild their brand and form a winning coalition again, they need to stop playing footsie with lobbyists for Big Pharma and start listening to the constituents who sent them to Washington to fight for working families.
Check out Elizabeth Warren's speech below, then sign our petition demanding that Democrats vote NO on the 21st Century Cures Act today.