Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Big Pharma wants you to vote for Hillary

You'd have to be living off the grid entirely to avoid all of this presidential election nonsense in the news.

Now, I'm not going tell you who to vote for. That's up to you. I'm not even going to get political...except to point out when it has a direct effect on your health. Let me be the one to give it to you straight: There's really just one way to know who a president is really going to serve, and that's to look at who's paying him...or her.

According to Federal Election Commission numbers cited by CNN, Big Pharma dished out $951,018 to various presidential candidates in 2015, but based on their campaign donations, there's just one candidate that they really want to win the White House: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And as a result, she's been raking in drug dollars.

She took in $336,416 from Big Pharma -- clearly the lion's share, and almost as much as the industry donated to Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz COMBINED.

In fact, the mainstream industry as a whole -- including insurers, hospitals, and HMOs -- are all backing Mrs. Clinton in a big way. Collectively, the healthcare industry donated $9.5 million to presidential candidates in 2015, with more than a third of it going to Clinton, who scooped up $3.5 million.

If that's not a sign of who represents the establishment -- or of who will be more likely to deliver "business as usual" -- I don't know what is.

The drug industry is notoriously resistant to change, which is probably why Big Pharma donated a measly $1,010 in 2015 to Donald Trump -- the one candidate who's proposed cutting the prices of meds by allowing competition into the market...instead of protecting special interests.

Judging by their campaign donations, the other candidates certainly appear to be highly skilled in the art of crony capitalism...rewarding pals all the way from Big Pharma to Wall Street.

Any candidate who's really going to reform medicine...and make healthcare accessible to all Americans...wouldn't be blustering about it while pocketing funds from Big Pharma on the side.

If any of these Big Pharma-funded candidates were to put their money where their mouth is, they'd be singing a very different tune.

So my advice to you is to take all of the lip service promises, talking points, bumper stickers, and rallying cries with a very large grain of salt.

Just remember the old saying: Money talks, and B.S. walks.

On the money trail,
Jack Harrison