May 14, 2007
The Senate voted to block the importation of drugs from Canada. The vote was 49-40. Fifteen Democrats voted with 33 Republicans and one independent to block the imports, on the pretext they were protecting the public from “unsafe” foreign drugs.
Unsafe? If anything, drugs from Canada are safer than in the U.S. since Canada controls such things more. In reality, many people have turned to buying prescription drugs from Canada, where they are safe and much cheaper.
This bill would not have done anything about the real cause of high drug prices – the fact that drugs are produced essentially only to make a profit – but it would have made some drugs cheaper, cutting into those profits slightly.
But even that, the Democrats wouldn’t do.
When it’s important for Democrats to vote in line – when they want to embarrass Bush, for example – they do it. But when it comes even just to stepping on Big Business’s toes to help the population – forget it.