Okay, so enough is enough. The White House has to walk away from the PhRMA deal.
Apparently, the White House is working with PhRMA to kill Byron Dorgan's drug reimportation amendment. The amendment would save around $100 billion more than the White House deal for $80 billion. What's bizarre is that there's Republican support for the amendment, and so PhRMA is threatening both Democrats and Republicans who support it.
But instead of pursuing bipartisanship on this thing, the White House is preferring to stand by whatever deal it made with the lobbyist group.
I'm sick of seeing the phrase "White House working with PhRMA" on my computer screen. It's just embarrassing and indefensible at this point, and it's gone on long enough.