Senator Manchin, Father of EpiPen CEO Under Fire, Called Out the Wrong Kind of Healthcare Abuse
When Mylan Pharmaceuticals' EpiPen—used to treat life threatening allergic reactions—skyrocketed in price, Capitol Hill called the scandal "outrageous." The 600 percent price hike was instantly condemned by Democrats and Republicans, including Hillary Clinton. And there have been calls to investigate.
"'Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Democrat whose daughter relies on EpiPen, urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the price increase of the medication, calling it 'unjustified,'" CNN reported, and added "Meanwhile, the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democrat of West Virginia, has a very different personal connection. His daughter Heather Bresch heads Mylan, the company that produces EpiPens."
Neither Mylan nor Manchin have commented on the issue. But Manchin certainly does have some strong views on healthcare. He appeared on CNN on November 14, 2013 to discuss potential problems of Obamacare. And he was not exactly on the side of sick people needing coverage.
"We take in Medicaid. Most states [have] less than 50% coverage; We have gone from 50% to 133%. There has to be a personal accountability and responsibility. Yout want to make sure everyone is getting the adequate care, but if we're paying and giving somebody, there has to be a quid pro quo responsibility, accountability, not overabuse."
We can't think of anything more abusive than price hike.