In my recent post, I was discussing the flyer that Watkins Abbitt had sent to his 59th District constituents. One of the items I listed caught my eye, and I started thinking about Abbitt and his good buddy, Virgil Goode.
Works with Congressman Virgil Goode to lower prescription drug costs and makes sure Social Security and Medicare are preserved.
First, prescription drug costs are hardly the purview of a backbench state Delegate. This is an issue for a Federal representative of ours, to protect us and make sure that we are able to get prescriptions at a decent price. Know anywhere we can find anyone like that?
Seriously though, Virgil certainly hasn’t been that for us. From the Republican-branded programs like Medicare D, which left most people scratching their heads until the ‘donut hole’ arrived, we got capitulation to big industry. Also in that horrible arrangement is the provision that the US Government will not allow for negotiations for the best price on those prescription drugs. (January 12, 2007 HR4)
Of course, there is a connection here nobody has talked about. I will only mention it here because it is germane: Watkins Abbitt’s wife is a lobbyist for pharmaceutical firms.
Since Watkins and Virgil are friends (and I am sure they have a great friendship, they probably get along well. Nothing wrong with that.) and Watkins claims that his relationship with Virgil has been good for the Fighting 59th, I would just ask if he could flesh that out somewhat for me.
I also am not aware what difference a state Delegate like Watkins has to do with Social Security. Although some benefits are managed by the Commonwealth for the Federal Government, by and large, policy is made in the Congress.
I will be looking in future articles at what the history of Virgil’s votes is on these matters, as well as whatever Watkins has/had to do with them. I will be sure to let you know.
Last time I said that these talking points sound overwhelmingly Republican. They do, and you don’t get more Republican than Watkins Abbitt and Virgil Goode.