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Pharma-Funded ‘Dark Money’ Group Hosts House Staffers for California Junket

The staffers, several of whom work for reps on the subcommittee overseeing pharmaceuticals, met with executives from drug companies Merck and Genentech.

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After Meeting With Pharma-Backed Rep, Trump Flip-Flops on Drug Price Negotiations

After Rep. Greg Walden, the biggest recipient of pharmaceutical campaign cash in the last election cycle, met with Trump, the president decided to scrap his support for lower drug prices.

Top Democratic Consultants Work for Anti–Medicare for All Campaign

The industry-led Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which has assailed Democratic presidential candidates’ reform plans, is drawing on Democratic firms for assistance.

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Big Pharma Keeps Bankrolling House Republicans’ Dark Money Arm

The leading pharmaceutical lobby gave to numerous Republican groups—and one key Democratic one.

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Chair of Pharma-Funded Blue Dogs Pushes for Drug Company Protections in New NAFTA

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) is advocating a 10-year exclusivity period for biologic drugs as the Blue Dog PAC takes maxed-out donations from the pharmaceutical industry.

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How to Pay For Medicare for All Without Raising Taxes: Cut the Pentagon’s Budget

With a clearer picture of how Medicare for All can be financed through reducing military spending, voters can debate the merits of a single-payer system without needing to consider any new taxes.

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CBO Health Panel Packed With Experts Tied to Anti-Medicare For All Groups

The 19-member panel that advises the Congressional Budget Office on health policy is flush with health insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital interests.

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As He Attacks Medicare for All, Mayor Pete Gets Campaign Cash From Health Care Executives

Buttigieg’s recent transformation into explicit Medicare for All critic was accompanied by continued donations from pharmaceutical and health insurance interests.

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After Record Fundraising Haul From Big Pharma, McConnell Vows to Block Drug Pricing Bill

The bill is backed by both Trump and Pelosi, so McConnell is standing in the way of a major bipartisan breakthrough that could lower drug prices for millions of Americans.