Congressman Shuler likes to pretend that his rigid stand against health-care reform is a matter of principle, but a recent campaign mailing suggests otherwise. In a postcard sent to his constituents last week, Shuler is quoted bragging about his struggle against fundamental reform but also vowing to keep Medicare costs low for seniors. What he proposes is to do nothing at all except close the so-called "donut hole," which would constitute yet another multi-billion-dollar gift to the pharmaceutical industry.
And guess who paid for this scurrilous bit of campaign treacle? The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America! There is no principle here, just political sleaze, greed and prevarication.
— Michael Carlebach