Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, which makes EpiPen, appears to be on her way to becoming Public Enemy No. 1. Mylan recently hiked the price of an EpiPen to about $600, from about $55 jut a few years ago.
As Kevin Williamson points out, that $600 is “about half of what the typical American family spends on cable TV in a year. Yeah, sure, little Bobby’s face is swelling up like a North Korean dictator’s and his kidneys are about to fail — but there’s two episodes left on Game of Thrones this season! And Daenerys is naked in both of them!” But, never mind. The price hike has given members of Congress, “consumer advocates” and all of the other altruistic scum of the earth the vapors and so we must have hearings!
What’s interesting, though, is that the Obama Administration won’t attack Bresch. According to Josh Earnest, President Obama’s press secretary, “As it relates to this specific issue, you know, obviously I’m not going to make specific comment or specifically second-guess the pricing strategy or the business practices of one private enterprise.” And if you believe that, go ask the executives at STAPLES how they liked being “not being second-guessed” by Obama.
One wonders if other Democrats will soon follow the White House’s lead since an FEC search reveals that Bresch contributes pretty heavily to Democrats. Indeed, 51 percent of her $63,800 in donations since 2003 went to Democrats including President Obama ($1,000), Senator Pat Leahy ($2,400), Representative Henry Waxman ($1,000), the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee ($10,000), and her dad, Senator Joe Manchin ($9,800). Her most recent donation, in June of this year, was to Senator Chuck Schumer. In fact, it was two donations worth $5,000. About three percent of her donations have gone to Republican politicians, with the remainder going to various pharmaceutical PACs. (The full list is below. For more legible results, search here.)
Did she pay enough protection money? We’ll find out.
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