Don’t Be Fooled By The Black Money ‘Mediscare’ Ads Editorial
A group of black money bombards New Jersey with scare ads targeting Congressmen Frank Pallone, Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski: in big capital letters, this falsely suggests they want to end Medicare. Kim, like the others, had this mail sent to his home.
âMy first reaction was, what the hell are they talking about? he said.
Democrats aren’t cutting Medicare in their $ 3.5 trillion plan – they’re expanding it. They add new dental, hearing and visual benefits to help people like the nearly 20 percent of American seniors who have no teeth left. And they would cover the cost of that by negotiating lower prices for the prescriptions.
So who is throwing these lies? Thanks to laws that hide the identity of sponsors, we can’t know for sure, but who could be but Big Pharma?
PhRMA, which defends pharmaceutical companies, declined to answer the question.
Millions of dollars are spent to get the elderly to oppose these cost savings, by ghost groups with dirty tactics that fail to disclose their donors. It is a striking and grotesque example of the distortions of our political system by money.
âAlmost every constituent I’ve spoken to at home, every friend, has seen them. It’s completely saturated, âMalinowski said of digital ads and direct mail.
All we have is a PO Box: An address for the group called A Healthy Future, LLC goes back to a mall in Stafford, Virginia. But here’s another clue: The same group ran similar ads against then-President Donald Trump last November, targeting his executive order to cut prescription drug prices.
The average person is sick and tired of the exhaustive fees for dental and hearing care, and for life-saving drugs: nearly nine in ten Americans support the government being able to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices. Yet here is a group that opposes cost savings on prescription drugs no matter who proposes it, with the means to mount a furious ad campaign that goes hand in hand with an army of Big Pharma lobbyists on Capitol Hill. . What a mystery.
âIt’s worse than misleading,â Pallone said. “This is wrong and it is designed to make us feel like we are the ones hurting people, when in reality we are trying to help people.”
Big Pharma’s main complaint is that the Democrats’ bill will cut the money they have available for research. But pharmaceutical companies are already making more than double the profit level of the S&P as a whole – double the profit of the average company. And they create a monopoly through government patents. âIf the government gives you an exclusive path to something, why can’t you negotiate the price? Pallone said.
Pharma gives a large part of its profits to shareholders and spends a lot on marketing. One way to adjust to declining income would be to stop doing these things. The federal government should probably increase its role in funding research as well. But there is no doubt that the current system is broken, wasting money and leaving the elderly without teeth.
And why not step into the light and have an honest debate about it, instead of hiding behind a mall? âI’m not going to do business with a bunch of companies that claim to be reasonable when they walk into my office and then, hiding behind an anonymous LLC, contribute to the pollution of the lies that circulate in our democracy,â Malinowski said. . .
“It’s the kind of politics people hate the most,” Kim agreed. âStand behind what you’re doing, instead of hiding behind the shadows. “
If your position is fundamentally defensible, why resort to deceptive tactics and scare the seniors?
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