Conservative group with pharma ties backs limited drug pricing reform

Conservative group with pharma ties backs limited drug pricing reform

I realize nuance is not a thing in today’s political arena. On both sides of the aisle, rhetoric tends to trump (pardon the pun) substance. But, this advertising campaign takes the cake. By splattering the word “socialist” across pictures of Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and Warren its message is that all Democrats have a socialist plan for healthcare. Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders are democratic socialists. Both advocate a single payer approach to healthcare that can be characterized as socialist. But, Pelosi and Warren are not democratic socialists. Warren has recently retreated from a Medicare for All stance. Pelosi has never been a Medicare for All supporter. And, while I am critical of H.R. 3 it is not a socialist plan. Government intervention is not socialist per sé. Policies, or legislative bills like H.R. 3, need to be evaluated on their merits and demerits, and not derided with inappropriate labels. There’s plenty to criticize regarding H.R. 3 without labeling it socialist.



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