Thom Hartmann describes why Big Pharma is the Biggest Crook in America:
“The pharmaceutical industry is the single biggest defrauder of Americans taxpayers in history – surpassing the defense industry for the first time. As a 2010 Public Citizen report found: over the last twenty years the pharmaceutical industry has accounted for 25% of all violations of state and federal law when it comes to the False Claims Act. Among the crimes include illegally promoting drugs for purposes not approved by the FDA – which is a criminal offense since it can lead to serious illnesses – and even death.
Also, the pharmaceutical industry routinely overcharges federal programs like Medicaid for their prescription drugs – stealing billions of dollars from you, me, and other taxpayers. Since 1991 – over 165 pharmaceutical settlements with state and federal governments have led to $19.8 billion in penalties. According to Taxpayers Against Fraud – pharmaceutical companies are expected to pay out another $9 billion in fraud settlements this year. This is the consequence of a for-profit health care system in America – drug companies who are supposed to be manufacturing products to help us live longer and be healthier – are ACTUALLY more focused on screwing us than our well-being. It's time to join the rest of the developed world – create a non-profit healthcare system – and kick the money-changers out of our hospitals.”
As I enter my 84th year on Planet Earth the end of this August, I am still drug free except for pot and booze, and the occasional Advil PM. Otherwise its organic food, having lots of fun and loving what Carlin and I do on our website!