Proof: Obama's Social Security & Medicare Cut Proposals Were Needless & Feckless
Because Obama Still Cannot Differentiate Between Propitiation & Negotiation
Recently I attended a seminar at Pfizer International Headquarters in Manhattan -New York. The subject related to aging-friendly communities. I was surprised by the answer I received in writing to the question I posed (orally, followed up by an e-mail), regarding Pfizer's position on cutting Social Security and Medicare Benefits.
I have long held that President Barack Obama's preemptive surrender to Republicans on issues like these simply causes them to gloat, certainly not to give ground.
The answer to my questions, below,comes from Caroline Roan, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Reputation at Pfizer, Inc. She is also President of the Pfizer Foundation.
RE: Pfizer's Position On Cutting Social Security And Medicare
Roan, Caroline (Caroline.Roan@pfizer.com)
Tue 5/07/13 10:08 AM
Harvard hOLLENBERG (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bianco, Matthew (Matthew.Bianco@pfizer.com)
Dear Mr. Hollenberg:
Thank you for your thoughtful and concerned e-mail regarding the cost of medicines, especially for seniors.
I checked with my colleagues in public affairs, regarding your question, “… does Pfizer nonetheless support cuts in Social Security allotments or Medicare benefits now pending in Congress?” To answer that question, please consider our recent history:
· Pfizer has a longstanding record of advocating for increased patient access to medicines through government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. During the healthcare reform debate, Pfizer was among the most vocal companies encouraging Congress to work together and pass comprehensive changes to our system.
· President Obama’s 2014 proposal included changes to the rate of increase for Social Security benefits, but Pfizer has not supported this proposal, nor any other policy that would reduce benefits for seniors.
As for your primary concern, “What is Pfizer prepared to do to lower the cost of drugs for Seniors like myself, who are just above the poverty line and do not qualify for Medicaid?”
Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry, supported the Affordable Care Act, which, increases affordable access to healthcare, including medicines, for seniors.
· Pfizer also has robust patient assistance programs that assist those without insurance or insufficient insurance to obtain Pfizer medicines at a significant discount. Please visit www.phahelps for more information.
Again, thank you for raising these important issues and attending the session.
While Obama continues to whine and dine and golf Republican legislators, the truth is that some of the most knowledgeable folks, quite beyond the left, are nowhere near his policy of propitiating the opposition.
Reminds me of what Winston S. Churchill once said of Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement prior to World War Two: Appeasement is like throwing a haunch of beef to a tiger in the hope that you can change him into a vegetarian.