Joe Manchin Hypocritcally Criticizes Trump Appointee Over Pharma Connections

By NTK Staff | 10.17.2017 @7:58am
Joe Manchin Hypocritcally Criticizes Trump Appointee Over Pharma Connections

The senator's daughter is infamous for jacking up the price of epipens as the chief of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) criticized President Trump’s nominee to be U.S. drug czar after a report emerged that the nominee, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), had been involved in weakening opioid restrictions on pharmaceutical companies.

Manchin’s outspoken criticism is quite bold, given his connection to his daughter’s pharmaceutical company, Mylan. Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan and Manchin’s daughter, came under fire after it was revealed that the price of EpiPens had risen more than 400 percent.

Manchin vocally defended his daughter and her decisions in 2016:

“My daughter is my daughter with unconditional love and she’s the most amazing person that I know of as far as not only being accomplished, but just, she’s so compassionate and generous in how she’s always lived her life,” he said.

Manchin went on to say that his daughter would make sure anyone who informed Mylan they couldn’t afford an EpiPen would undoubtedly receive one. “[S]he would give them one,” he said. “That’s all. I know that. I know her well enough to know that would happen.”

The West Virginia senator had also taken more than $120,000 in political contributions from Mylan, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The senator “urged his colleagues to be ‘open-minded and fair’ when investigating the scandal,” they wrote.

Yet when a member of the opposing political party came under fire for his connections to the pharmaceutical industry, Manchin was one of the first Democrats to go on the attack:

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Monday called on Trump to withdraw Marino’s nomination. Manchin, whose state has been among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, said he was horrified at the accounts of the 2016 law and Marino’s role in it.

In a letter to Trump, Manchin called the opioid crisis “the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS,” and said, “we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry.”

If Democrats were looking for an attack dog to go after Marino, they may want to do better than Manchin.

 

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