The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

Revisit some of the best analysis from former health insurance exec-turned-whistleblower, Wendell Potter.

OPINION: drug firms say no to rebates, despite billions in new revenue from Part D

By Wendell Potter

Part D brought drug companies billions, but they say the sky is falling

OPINION: Big Pharma's stranglehold on Washington

By Wendell Potter

Pharmaceutical firms are getting their money's worth on Capitol Hill.

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical":

"… regulations.   In both cases, you’d be wrong. It’s actually the pharmaceutical industry that spends the most each year to influence our lawmakers, forkin …"

"… ng to do with the fact that our nation’s legislators turn a blind eye as pharmaceutical companies engage in predatory pricing practices while enjoying exclusive r …"

"… d news for Medicare beneficiaries, of course, but even better news for the pharmaceutical industry. That’s because the industry’s friends in Congress (and the W …"

"… the many problematic issues that Congress’ hands-off attitude toward the pharmaceutical industry has on the American health care consumer — both on pricing and …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ,000 in 2011 from two donors, according to an IRS document obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Earlier this year, Liljenquist complained to The Salt Lak …"

"… Congress in the 2011-2012 election cycle, some $448,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The 78-year-old lawmaker sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and …"

"… SC operative and Ensign aide. Sheila Krumholz, the executive director the Center for Responsive Politics, said PhRMA’s $750,000 contribution to Freedom Path allowed the drug lob …"

Analysis — Are seniors paying attention to Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare?

By Wendell Potter

ANALYSIS: Republicans sold seniors a bill of goods on health care reform and Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… because of the spin they were sold about how “Obamacare” would affect Medicare played a big role in returning the House of Representatives to Republican …"

"… hey're paying attention to what Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wants to do to the Medicare program, are having some serious buyer’s remorse. If Democrats are wise, …"

"… se. If Democrats are wise, they’re already drafting a strategy to remind Medicare beneficiaries, including card-carrying Tea Party members, just how fooled …"

"… ny senior citizens were snookered about how reform legislation would alter Medicare. Shortly after I testified before Congress about how the insurance industr …"

Tobacco company penalties may signal U.S. crackdown on industry practices overseas

By Traver Riggins and Ricardo Sandoval Palos

A flurry of federal enforcement action targeting payoffs by subsidiaries of two U.S. tobacco companies may signal a broader regulatory assau

The top ten PACs that will miss Chris Dodd

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

When Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd first ran for the Senate in 1980, his campaign cost only about $1.4 million. But three decades later, r

How do health care lobby dollars match influence in Congress?

By Adam Clark Estes

Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform?

Commentary: Changing Washington: The hard part

By Bill Buzenberg

The difficulty overcoming the entrenched political tradition of earmarks is just one of many hard realities that will test the Obama Adminis

More big money from pharmaceutical lobby in 2008

By Mary Beth Lombardo

The economy may be sliding, but that hasn’t stemmed the high-rolling habits of Washington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently r

A record year for the pharmaceutical lobby in '07

By M. Asif Ismail

Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill

FDA staff travels on drug industry dollars

By Alexander Cohen

Groups tied to FDA-regulated industry paying for agency officials' trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chesapeake Bay":

"… onferences sponsored by the school's College of Pharmacy that were held at Chesapeake Bay and Hilton Head, S.C., resorts.URI's College of Pharmacy itself has strong …"

FDA: A shell of its former self

By M. Asif Ismail

The Food and Drug Administration lacks the power to regulate pharmaceuticals and keep you safe

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… leads to an overmedicated populace.The approach's effectiveness in getting Americans to consider drug therapies is well-documented. A study conducted by rese …"

"… former executive director of a patients' advocacy organization called the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, said in a press release for Ditropan, "c …"

"… ng to its annual reports, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America—the main lobbying organization for the industry—organized "more than 8 …"

"… , especially the kind of direct-to-consumer advertising also touted by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease. Dr. Merrill Matthews Jr., the IPI expert …"

Drug industry influence timeline

What the pharmaceutical industry has gotten on its political investment

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… a Kreha and Emily McNeill. …"

"… Recent trade negotiations, such as the proposed Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement involving the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador …"

"… ir brand-name counterparts—a practice that would cut into the profits of American pharmaceutical companies—the USTR responded by threatening to keep Guat …"

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

Former ambassador lobbies Canadians on drug imports to U.S.

The state money race

By Derek Willis

Democrats outraised GOP in the states, but have little to show for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… tes the source and amount of contributions that the national parties—the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressiona …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ent: Republicans simply had more money.Fundraising figures reported to the Federal Election Commission seemed to suggest he was right. The Republican Party raised slightly more …"

"… onal party committees have been disclosed by the national parties on their Federal Election Commission forms, but the Center's study is the first to detail not only the source o …"

"… orms similar to those that federal candidates and committees file with the Federal Election Commission.Because of their tax status, 527 committees offer some advantages to donor …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dianne Feinstein":

"… were introduced in February 1998. The Democratic bill, sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, was introduced on Feb. …"

Commentary: How Bush handles McCain will set tone for his presidency

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2001 — Now that George W. Bush has been duly sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States, he immediately fac

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… le. His chief rival for the GOP presidential nomination last year, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., is forcing a roll call vote on the issue of campaign finance ref …"

"… d so the question is, how will George W. Bush respond to the effrontery of John McCain, forcing such an unwanted, difficult decision on the untested new presiden …"

Montana an unlikely target for out-of-state campaign cash

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2000 — Montana might not seem like the logical setting for a full-scale brawl over a U.S. Senate seat, but with the

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Association of Health Plans":

"… d newspaper ads that ran in May, the group spent an estimated $250,000.The American Association of Health Plans ran ads in Montana and nationwide, purchasing time on CNN and other networ …"

Stealth PACs revealed

By The Center for Public Integrity

February 9, 2000 — The 2000 election cycle promised to be a high-stakes and free-spending election by anyone's measure. The balance of power

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… or candidates anymore. We just want to talk about issues,” Mike Shields, spokesman for the group, said. The group will not disclose fund-raising goals, but a …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… reporting more modest increases include the American Medical Association, Koch Industries, National Association of Broadcasters, defense contractor United Technolog …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

Insurers, drug companies get what they want from Congress; the public, not so much

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical":

"… lic’s interest and bringing costs down, but on protecting the profits of pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms and other special interests that grease the pal …"

Drug lobby donation went to pro-Democratic nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Half-million-dollar donation from PhRMA went to little-known group that backed Harry Reid.

Heart testing bill signed by Perry required unnecessary tests, critics charge

By Rochelle Sharpe

Medical experts say measure signed by Perry requires unnecessary testing

Excerpts from this story referencing "prominent cardiologist":

"… r.But that philosophy represents "bad medicine," says Dr. Steven Nissen, a prominent cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Screening individuals without symptoms leads t …"

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