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Letter: The real cost of pharmaceutical lobbying

To the Editor:

Do you really believe Congress cares about health care costs? Guess again.

Pharmaceuticals lead all other businesses in lobbying spending at
$246 million, followed by insurance spending $157 million in lobbying expenses
, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

That is what they report – who knows the real figure?

For every member in Congress, there are five lobbyists representing either pharmaceuticals or insurance.

With that infusion of money and influence spent on lobbying Congress, you lose. Opiates are a problem – look at how big pharm is flooding the market with opiates and setting up roadblocks for Drug Enforcement Administration intervention.

Walgreens joins the foray by increasing what they charge for prescriptions so they can direct customers to a third-party insurer.

Health care is big business, and big business is making huge profits while our health care declines.

And our elected senators and representatives are complicit in this outrage.

Ron Erdmann

Spring Grove

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