Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) wants to raise the Medicare age. He says he wants to do this to save money, but he opposes letting Medicare negotiate for drug prices -- meaning he would rather seniors bear the burden with benefit cuts than cut into Big Pharma's profits.
Today, several lobbyists who represent the industry will be throwing him a fundraising lunch in Washington, D.C. The lunch will be held at Charlie Palmer Steak, a popular fundraising spot, and individuals can attend for $500 or host for $1,000. Meanwhile, political action committees can attend for $1,000 and host for $2,500. Here are the lobbyists who represent the industry who will be hosting:
- John Herzog: Herzog represents Salix Pharmaceuticals, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Astellas Pharmas USA, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Allergan Inc., Novartis AG, and other Big Pharma clients. He also happens to be a former aide to Alexander.
- Jeff Kimbell: Kimbell works for the same firm as Herzog and has a similiar Big Pharma client list.
- Mathew Lapinksi: Lapinski represents AmerisourceBergen Corporation.
- Katie Openheim: Openheim had a single client in 2012, Japanese drugmaker Eisai.
- Jennifer Swenson: Swenson's only 2012 client was Pfizer.
- Rachel Mack: Mack's only client in 2012 was Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
There will doubtlessly be additional industry lobbyists at the event, but weak disclosure laws mean it will take months for us to learn their identities.