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Tuesday, March 09, 2004
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BushCo Arrogance


Mark McClellan, President Bush's choice to run Medicare, said Monday he won't answer senators' questions about his opposition to importing prescription drugs from Canada before he takes over the government health program.
McClellan's rejection of the request from Republican John McCain of Arizona and Democrats Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan sets up the prospect that they will use Senate procedures to drag out the confirmation.

McClellan, at a hearing on his nomination at the Senate Finance Committee, said he would answer the senators' questions "as soon as this confirmation process is concluded."

Quite an innovative interview strategy. "Gimme the damn job, then I'll tell you how I would do it." Sorry, "trust me" might work for Indiana Jones, but I think we have a right to understand McClellan's reasoning for being opposed to Americans' right to buy medications they can afford. Typical BushCo arrogance.

McClellan's attitude, of course, is part and parcel of the administration's zeal to prevent anybody from creatively attacking the rising cost of prescription drugs. Last month they wanted to stop states from negotiating lower prices with drug companies. Does their corporatism know any bounds?


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