News I Just Checked in On One of My Favorite Bills in Oly…
posted by March 28 at 14:11 PMon
… one that would have required health care providers to disclose to patients any gifts they received from drug companies, and it turns out it got killed in the Rules committee last week after sailing out of the Senate’s Health Care Committee last month.
In the Health Care Committee, the opposition came from Republicans—recipients of loads of money from the pharmaceutical industry. Seriously Dude: I found every drug company you can name on committee member GOP Senator Cheryl Pflug’s (R-5, Maple Valley) donor list.
Being in the minority, though, she and her drugged-up GOP colleagues couldn’t stop the bill.
I’m trying to get a beat on why the bill crashed and burned in Rules, where Democrats have a 12-6 advantage. I looked at the donor list of Senate power player and Rules Committee member, Majority Leader Senator Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane)—and she’s not on the dole from big Pharma. Neither is the vice chair of the committee, Senator Rosa Franklin (D-29, Tacoma).
I’ve got a call in to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Seattle), to see she what she has to say about it. I’ll keep you posted.