Saturday, January 28, 2012

Patients Screwed Again by Big Pharma

There’s an interesting item in the latest AARP Bulletin about the huge pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, and its efforts to prevent the loss of mega-billions in revenue from the sale of their popular anti-cholesterol drug, Lipitor.

Pfizer’s patent on Lipitor has expired, you see, which means that there is now a much cheaper generic version available on the market, called atorvastatin.

But the moguls at Pfizer are not giving up. In fact, they have made deals with many of the health insurance companies, getting them to agree that their prescription drug plans will continue to pay for lipitor, but will NOT pay for atorvastatin.

Now, would one of you conservatives out there tell me again why we don’t need health care reform? Why we shouldn’t have a consumer watchdog? Why we don’t need to regulate these companies?


Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Tea Party says this guy is a socialist.

Barack Obama has been president for not quite 3 1/2 years. In that time, the stock market has gone up by more than 50 percent, corporate profits are the highest in history and taxes are lower than they've been in something like 30 years.

Obama ... a socialist?

Pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Tea Party, doesn't it!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Makes You Want to Scream … or Cry.

At the latest debate in South Carolina among the Republican candidates, Newt Gingrich was asked if it was appropriate for President Obama to send the Navy Seals into Pakiston to kill Osama bin Laden.

Gingrich, ever the history professor, replied that Andrew Jackson knew how to deal with enemies of America: He killed them!

The crowd, a high-percentage of which consisted of evangelical Christians, cheered.