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Hillary Vs. Pharma Is A Campaign Theme That Isn’t Going Away

November 11, 2015

By Ryan Ellis

There are some campaign throwaway lines on both sides of the aisle which seasoned observers find tiresome: There’s the promise that 11 million people will be frog-walked to the border, the social and economic disruptions be damned. And the idea that we can save entitlements from bankruptcy by taxing the rich or rooting out “waste, fraud, and abuse.”

We can count on hearing another one from candidate Hillary Clinton for as long as she is in the race: Pharmaceutical companies are the enemy.

To be sure, this isn’t a new line. Bashing this industry goes back a very long way, even as far as Hillarycare in 1993. But the number of times she has gone to the well should indicate that there’s a theme she’s looking to hit on:

  • In late September, a new ad was released that attacked hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli when the price of a drug whose company he bought rose from $13.50 to $750. There’s no indication that one has to do with the other, but politicians have been pulling the old Aztec “the sun won’t rise without a human sacrifice” trick for quite some time.

Read the full article at Forbes.com: Hillary Vs. Pharma Is A Campaign Theme That Isn't Going Away

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