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February 25, 2013

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This reminds me of how this industry was able to stop the negotiation of price when Medicare D became law and made drugs in Mexico and Canada so much cheaper than the United States, sometimes reportedly manufactured in the same factory. Something is wrong when this happens. I am told that even the Veterans Administration can negotiate price?

The very next item that catches my eye is a story by Raymond Hernandez and Frances Robles about one of our Senators allegedly bending the rules to help a doctor who was a major contributor to his campaign.

Two years ago, the doctor, despite an apparent lack of experience in border security issues, allegedly bought an ownership interest in a company that had a long-dormant contract with the Dominican Republic to provide port security. The senator, who is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that holds sway over the Dominican Republic, subsequently urged officials in the State and Commerce Departments to intervene to the contract would be enforced, at an estimated value of $500 million. You can draw your own conclusions.

"Aides to the senator said, however, that the senator had accepted two round-trip flights aboard the doctor's jet for personal vacations in the Dominican Republic in 2010," the article states. "He failed to report them as gifts or reimburse the doctor at the time, as required, and this month he sent the doctor a check to cover the cost of the flights."

"Aides said it was simply because of sloppy paperwork that the senator did not repay the doctor at the time," the article continued. "After reports surfaced late last year on The Daily Caller, a conservative web site, about his travels with the doctor, the senator recently sent the doctor's company a check for $58,500."

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