7.12.12 Sen. David Vitter, R-La., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to denounce what he described as a "backroom deal" in which the White House opposed reimportation of less expensive prescription drugs from abroad for drug industry support of President Barack Obama's 2010 health overhaul law.
Emails highlighting discussions between the White House and leaders of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, then headed by former Louisiana Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Chackbay, on health care were recently released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
"American people fully realize what went on," Vitter said. "The corrupt, I would say backroom deal, was cut between the White House and big PhRMA and now seniors and other Americans are paying the price. Obamacare passed and prescription drug prices continue to be sky high."