Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee say the Obama administration's lack of transparency kept the public from knowing about troubling negotiations between the administration and the drug industry.
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Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., says a committee probe shows the White House and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) struck a deal in which Obama promised to stop pushing for easier importation of cheaper drugs from other countries. In return, PhRMA agreed to pump some $80 billion into the effort to pass Obamacare.
That effort included the return of Harry and Louise - the fictional TV ad couple that helped to scuttle the Clinton health care bill in the 1990s. This time the couple was pushing the Obama reforms. The committee also discovered that the Obama administration threatened to force higher payments from drug makers to Medicare if the industry did not back the legislation.
Gardner explains why these hidden negotiations are so troubling to him and why he sees these proceedings as a breach of public trust.