Cory Booker joins republicans in voting against cheaper drugs from Canada

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"It was just 24 hours ago that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker showed himself to be a progressive hero with his testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. But then Booker joined with 12 other Democratic senators Wednesday night to vote against a budget-resolution amendment jointly proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar to allow both pharmacies and people with prescriptions to order their pharmaceuticals from Canada and other countries where they sell for significantly cheaper prices than in the United States."

"Booker and a number of the other Democratic senators who said nay are among the biggest senatorial recipients of pharmaceutical contributions between 2010 and 2016. What makes this particularly unfortunate: 12 Republican senators, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and John McCain, crossed party lines to vote for the amendment, which went down 46–52."

There’s clearly room for bipartisan movement on this issue. But if Democrats can’t overcome the powerful Washington lobbies to even make a mostly symbolic vote like the one on Wednesday night’s amendment, they’ll likely remain a party in disarray. And we’ll all continue to pay a high price for that—both in our politics and in our pocketbooks.

Americans want to buy cheaper medicine from Canada. Why did 13 Democrats vote against letting them?
 
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"It was just 24 hours ago that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker showed himself to be a progressive hero with his testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. But then Booker joined with 12 other Democratic senators Wednesday night to vote against a budget-resolution amendment jointly proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar to allow both pharmacies and people with prescriptions to order their pharmaceuticals from Canada and other countries where they sell for significantly cheaper prices than in the United States."

"Booker and a number of the other Democratic senators who said nay are among the biggest senatorial recipients of pharmaceutical contributions between 2010 and 2016. What makes this particularly unfortunate: 12 Republican senators, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and John McCain, crossed party lines to vote for the amendment, which went down 46–52."

There’s clearly room for bipartisan movement on this issue. But if Democrats can’t overcome the powerful Washington lobbies to even make a mostly symbolic vote like the one on Wednesday night’s amendment, they’ll likely remain a party in disarray. And we’ll all continue to pay a high price for that—both in our politics and in our pocketbooks.

Americans want to buy cheaper medicine from Canada. Why did 13 Democrats vote against letting them?
At least for Cory Booker, check his twitter to see explanation WHY he voted against. He's absolutely for medical drug imports, yet wants a bill that meets safety standards and FDA regulations.
 
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At least for Cory Booker, check his twitter to see explanation WHY he voted against. He's absolutely for medical drug imports, yet wants a bill that meets safety standards and FDA regulations.
Maybe but others on social media are calling him out saying he and Sanders don't get along and its part of a vendetta against him...Whether true or not, it still doesn't look good that these 13 get the highest political donations from the pharma companies.
 
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Maybe but others on social media are calling him out saying he and Sanders don't get along and its part of a vendetta against him...Whether true or not, it still doesn't look good that these 13 get the highest political donations from the pharma companies.
Does it "look good" that Donald Trump praises Vladmir Putin, has hotels and business deals in Russia, perhaps got help to defeat his opponent from Russia and chooses to believe Assange and Putin over his own nation's intelligence services? Just asking.

Not all pharma is evil, not all of wall street is evil, not all wealthy people are evil, it is what people do, that is evil, especially with money and influence, which Donald Trump sure seems (according to him) have plenty of money and (also according to him) YUGGGE amounts of influence.

I would agree that cheap imports do not do Americans any good if they do not meet certain standards, but what are those level of standards? I believe it is perhaps more complex than the simplistic partisan constructs we have seen built over the past few decades. That is not to say there should be no checking out the greater complexities to see if something untoward is going on somewhere, but I do not believe many things are as simplistically political and partisan as some or even headlines like to pose (headlines obviously trying to grab attention as grabbing our attention is their bread and butter).
 
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At least for Cory Booker, check his twitter to see explanation WHY he voted against. He's absolutely for medical drug imports, yet wants a bill that meets safety standards and FDA regulations.
That's the part I don't get. The argument that drugs from Canada are dangerous, even though many of them are made at the same factories that manufacture the ones we buy, is not really supported by any evidence. That's just a lobbyist talking point. Canada has it's own drug safety regulations, of course. Secondly, he knew it was going to fail, so there was no risk that he would "be responsible" for some kind of scandal caused by weakened safety standards. There was absolutely no risk to him of voting for the bill.

He just did it to signal to the people who will be funding his 2020 presidential campaign. Bet on it.
 
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Does it "look good" that Donald Trump praises Vladmir Putin, has hotels and business deals in Russia, perhaps got help to defeat his opponent from Russia and chooses to believe Assange and Putin over his own nation's intelligence services?
Bit off topic??
 
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That's the part I don't get. The argument that drugs from Canada are dangerous, even though many of them are made at the same factories that manufacture the ones we buy, is not really supported by any evidence. That's just a lobbyist talking point. Canada has it's own drug safety regulations, of course. Secondly, he knew it was going to fail, so there was no risk that he would "be responsible" for some kind of scandal caused by weakened safety standards. There was absolutely no risk to him of voting for the bill.

He just did it to signal to the people who will be funding his 2020 presidential campaign. Bet on it.
Certainly appears that way sadly. As I recall some on the farther left were indeed concerned about Booker or Gillibrand stepping into the presidential race in 2016 because of their ties to big pharma and Wall Street. Its votes like these some will remember and try to use against him if he runs for higher office.
 

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That's the part I don't get. The argument that drugs from Canada are dangerous, even though many of them are made at the same factories that manufacture the ones we buy, is not really supported by any evidence. That's just a lobbyist talking point. Canada has it's own drug safety regulations, of course. Secondly, he knew it was going to fail, so there was no risk that he would "be responsible" for some kind of scandal caused by weakened safety standards. There was absolutely no risk to him of voting for the bill.

He just did it to signal to the people who will be funding his 2020 presidential campaign. Bet on it.
Canadian drugs are safe, Americans have been buying them for decades. This is a great example of how lobbyists own ALL of our politicians...right or left.
 
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Canadian drugs are safe, Americans have been buying them for decades. This is a great example of how lobbyists own ALL of our politicians...right or left.
Would also bet if we probed further that all those that voted against the bill also have pharma plants in their states. NJ is home to several big pharma facilities. Mega constituents..
 
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Canadian drugs are safe, Americans have been buying them for decades. This is a great example of how lobbyists own ALL of our politicians...right or left.
My in-laws get their drugs from Canada. I'm not sure exactly how, and I'm pretty sure they are breaking a law, but the fine is a lot cheaper than the markup they are saving.