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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… on is the requirement that all Americans not covered by a public plan like Medicare or Medicaid must buy coverage from a private insurance company. The second …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… have missed the scheme he unveiled that will lead to the ruination of the Medicare prescription drug program, destroy pharmaceutical companies’ incentive t …"

"… to and what will happen if he can follow through on his pledge to curtail Medicare spending by reducing “taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies. …"

"… cans referred to as “dual eligibles.” Of the approximately 50 millions Medicare beneficiaries, about a fifth are also eligible for Medicaid because of the …"

"… also eligible for Medicaid because of their low incomes.  Before the Medicare Part D drug program was created in 2006, the pharmaceutical industry paid …"

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 "Medicare":

"… affect health insurance premiums, but it also impacts the solvency of our Medicare system, which was expanded in 2006 to include a prescription drug benefit. …"

"… ded in 2006 to include a prescription drug benefit. That was good news for Medicare beneficiaries, of course, but even better news for the pharmaceutical indu …"

"… nd the White House at the time) went along with Big Pharma’s demand that Medicare not be allowed to negotiate pricing with drug makers to make medicines mor …"

"… n with drug makers to get better deals on prices. But, incredibly, not the Medicare program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the government co …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… , but they should have known about it.” …"

"… his article for more.) Freedom Path is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and gras …"

"… FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and grassroots campaigns. “Orrin Hatch has always worked hard for the drug lobby,” Walker said. “He has alway …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… slashed their benefits.The insurance industry funneled $86 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pay for TV ads that charged that the new law would “cut Medicare.” …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greece":

"… s tobacco market, the complaint alleges.Dimon also paid tax officials in Greece and Indonesia $1.4 million to hide irregularities from audit findings and …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… he office of Senator Dodd for comment were not returned by press time. …"

"… he prominent role the financial services sector plays in his home state of Connecticut (and neighboring New York City), it comes as little surprise that eight of …"

How do health care lobby dollars match influence in Congress?

By Adam Clark Estes

Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Facebook":

"… is making this possible. Self-described as "an involuntary Facebook for influential people," Little Sis has built a portal to invest …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jay Rockefeller":

"… ated effort that successfully derailed health care reform. Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller called it “the single most destructive campaign I’ve seen in 30 years. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merck":

"… ong them two top-selling anti-cholesterol drugs, Pfizer's Lipitor and Merck's Zocor, and Sanofi-Aventis's popular sleep inducer Ambien.Last year, some …"

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 "nonprofit":

"… es or by their trade groups. But the Center for Public Integrity has found nonprofit associations that draw their members, their boards and even some of their …"

"… which footed the bill for more than 600 trips taken by FDA employees. The nonprofit group made up of pharmaceutical and medical device employees, academics an …"

"… was critical of the FDA's reliance on travel sponsorship by DIA and other nonprofits."It sounds like they're violating the spirit of the law, if not the lette …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Celgene":

"… llion in revenue generated last year by its manufacturer, New Jersey-based Celgene Corp. In fact, the global pharmaceutical company's Web site proclaims that …"

"… tical company's Web site proclaims that Thalomid is "the current driver of Celgene revenue growth."According to the Food and Drug Administration, which deter …"

"… approved to treat a severe skin disorder in leprosy patients. As a result, Celgene may not legally market the drug for any other use, but physicians may pres …"

"… for any other use, but physicians may prescribe it for other conditions. A Celgene spokesperson admits that Thalomid is most often for off-label uses, rather …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "AstraZeneca":

"… p pharmaceutical companies Merck, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, and AstraZeneca. AFUD is also affiliated with the American Urological Association, a profe …"

"… nbsp;testified before an FDA advisory committee about the benefits of AstraZeneca's prostate cancer treatment Casodex. Billing the drug as "a good thing for …"

"… desire and lack of other side effects. Caputi also told the committee that AstraZeneca had paid for AFUD's educational programs, for some of his own travel to re …"

Drug industry influence timeline

What the pharmaceutical industry has gotten on its political investment

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… n June, House Democrats announce plans to introduce legislation preventing FDA regulation from trumping medical device patients' ability to seek damages …"

"… ries is defeated during Senate debate on a bill designed to strengthen the FDA.In late September, President George W. Bush signs into law the Food a …"

"… Bush signs into law the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007. The bill revises and extends the user-fee programs for prescri …"

"… tion drugs and medical devices, enhances the postmarket authorities of the FDA with respect to the safety of drugs, requires clinical trials and research …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Costa Rica":

"… epublic-Central American Free Trade Agreement involving the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, h …"

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "trade":

"… harmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the powerful industry trade group, since December 2002, Canadian lobbying disclosure records  …"

"… of European Union. Greenwood is the managing director of its international trade and public affairs divisions. Neither is registered to lobby in the United …"

"… iffin also terminated his registration to lobby for Refreshments Canada, a trade group of more than 30 brands of non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers. But …"

"… is opposing the Canadian drugs. Overseas drugs pose risks to patients, the trade group says, and they are not necessarily cheaper."There are serious fundam …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… dollars needed to be used for the expenditure. For example, the Tennessee Republican Party aired a television spot attacking U.S. Senate candidate Bob Clement's reco …"

"… n Senatorial Committee sent nearly $5.6 million in soft money to Florida's Republican Party—despite the lack of a Senate race in Florida in 2002. In turn, Florida's …"

"… (See National GOP Exchanges Soft Money for Hard in Florida.)Florida's Republican Party also was able to send money to state party committees in California, Georg …"

"… candidate can bring into a small state can transform a race, said Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jim Barnett."In a tiny state like this, it doesn't take much to c …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… es.The man at the top of the party, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, had some explaining to do. Standing before the gathered media in Washingt …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… opposed to legislation scored a small victory. Only 10 states, among them Michigan and California, went on to enact bills on human cloning.Lobbying defeated …"

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 "White House":

"… not be more tenuous. He is the first president in 124 years to occupy the White House without winning the popular vote; the other three chief executives to atte …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… nched closer to a vote on Capitol Hill last spring, an ad war broke out in Washington, D.C., and Montana. Plugged by more than 20 lobbying firms representing asbestos …"

"… Action also spent $200,000 on three television ads, two in Montana, one in Washington, D.C., promoting the same message and using the same media consulting firm as Mo …"

"… industries, answered with ads also shot in a cemetery. These, appearing in Washington, D.C., as well as Montana, blamed trial lawyers for clogging the courts and for …"

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 "Chicago":

"… in four training conferences for reporters in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago and Park City, Utah; educating reporters on how to research and track Sect …"

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 "National Association for Gun Rights":

"… pite little success last year. Chief among pro-gun groups was the upstart National Association for Gun Rights. Although down from its quarterly peak of $1.9 million, it spent more than …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… paign contributions over the years to several committee members, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont). Speaking of insurance c …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research":

"… exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and things that I don’t like.”The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) gave $500,000 to a nonprofit group ca …"

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 "Amit Khera":

"… oblems. Nearly 2.4 million Texans fall into this group, estimates Dr. Amit Khera, a professor at Texas’ Southwestern Medical Center. If one fourth of the …"