Smilin' Norm missed the vote, but he's out there, fighting the good fight against affordable medicine anyway:
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) was one of two members missing the vote on Wyden-Snowe [ that would allow federal negotiation of Medicare drug prices]. Despite Democrats’ emphasis on negotiation during their electoral triumph last year, Coleman said yesterday he would continue to oppose government involvement in Medicare drug prices.
“We’ve got a system now that’s working,” Coleman said, acknowledging that he would risk political attacks during his reelection run in 2008 but charging that negotiation would “add another layer of bureaucracy.”
You know what else we could do, Smilin' Norm? We could make the health care industry more efficient by barring private insurers from negotiating prices as well! Next, we can allow direct deposits of payroll checks in Merck accounts so that we can avoid the inefficiency of actually possessing money before paying it over to the drug companies.