So the Justice Department is going to enforce a law (which, granted, is part of their job description--but the Justice Department has a lot of discretion as to which laws they want to enforce) passed on behalf of rich companies.
Remember, our Congress prohibited the government from negotiating drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries. If that's not a giveaway to rich pharmaceutical companies, I don't know what is! And it weren't legal, it would be called bribery. Wes Metheny, a senior vice president for public affairs at PhRMA, the main lobby for the pharmaceutical industry, said:
The industry still opposes allowing the government to negotiate drug prices and letting people import drugs from abroad. He said there is "no guarantee" that either would lower costs.It's so shameless.
Turns out Medicaid gets the cheapest deals on drugs the prices are, get this, government regulated. Maybe we should increase regulation. Or maybe we should let the unencumbered free market lower prices.
I mean, anything would be better than a crazy cycle where:
1) Corporations give money to politicians to pass laws to ensure price fixing so we all pay more for each and every prescription drug sold in America.
2) Any monopoly-breaking anti-trust effort is attacked by taxpayer funded law enforcement agencies--the long arm of the Department of Justice, no less! The government cracked down on Google because Google has the audacity to run ads for Canadian drug companies. Seems the law trumps free speech when corporate profits are at stake. I guess Google isn't paying them enough. Besides these ads are chump change to Google. But keeping drug prices artificially high is big buck to Big Pharma.
3) The pharmaceutical corporations, in turn, funnel their government enforced profit (but just some of it) back to politicians. After all, corporate donations are constitutionally protected free speech.
But how could that ever happen here? It would be so blatantly corrupt and unfair for all of us to be forced to give our money so the rich can make more. This is America.