THE CONGRESS & BIG PHARMA VS. THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES by Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD 8/8/01 (427 wd) [July 23, 2001 Public Citizen Report Exposes Drug Industrys 625 Washington Lobbyists and Spending Blitz to Keep Prices and Profits High WASHINGTON, D.C.] Worried that a benefit would lead to discounted prices in the senior citizen market, Big Pharma (the drug industry) spent a record $262 million on political influence in the 1999-2000 election cycle. With its 625 DC lobbyists, the industry spent $177 million on lobbying, $65 million on issue ads and $20 million on campaign contributions more than any other industry. Might this be why Congress sells us outdoes their bidding, not ours? The drug industry claims to work for consumers while it uses profits from sales to buy access to lawmakers and defeat pro-consumer legislation. Their 625 lobbyists last year was more than one for every member of Congress at a cost of $92.3 million per year. More than half of these were former members of Congress (21) or worked in Congress or other federal agencies (295); 33 were chiefs of staff to members of Congress, 32 had worked in the White House and 11 had worked for the House Ways and Means Committee. The industrys $20 million in campaign contributions and millions more in issue ads attacking candidates opposed by the drug industry aided its army of lobbyists in gaining access to congressional representatives. The width and breadth of this invasion of the government is decidedly cancer-like. When they pass mental health parity legislation, calling millions of normal Americans "diseased"/"abnormal"/ "patients" in need of/ requiring (increasingly by court order) forced "treatment," drugs, incarceration, electro-shock, psychosurgery, we are Americans no longer. Think of it, the *Surgeon General of the US, the nations # 1 physician, lying through his teeth for Big Pharma and all of their bought-and-paid-for friends in government, telling us psychiatric disorders are diseases, when none--not a single one--are, telling us we need "chemical balancers"pills, for our "chemical imbalances" of the brain. In turn, Congress passes "parity" legislation, legitimizing these "diseases" in law, something medicine and science has never done, will never do. *David Satcher, MD, Surgeon General of the US, went to medical school, knows psychiatry is entirely subjective; knows he lied to the people of the US, when, in his report on mental health in December, 1999, he claimed all mental disorders were diseases like diabetes, cancer, all real, medical, diseases. He should have resigned on the spot. He no doubt continues in office at the pleasure of Big Pharma.
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