Rice’s betrayal may come as a surprise to her constituents because Rice campaigned for years on taking on Pharma’s greed. And that’s why Rice is the perfect example of everything wrong with status quo corporate politicians.

Rice claimed to support the lowering of prescription drugs. In an October 2020 campaign ad, Rice promised to “always put the health and safety of Long Island first.”

Not to mention, an overwhelming 90% of Rice’s constituents support giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices. It’s hard to find a policy more popular with voters across the spectrum than taking on Pharma greed and lowering drug prices.

But when given the chance to make good on that promise, and represent the interests of 90% of her constituents, Rice still sided with Pharma and betrayed the people she works for.

But that’s exactly why we’re going to continue to fight for — and win — lower drug prices. We’re going to win because the American people — and the vast majority of the Democratic caucus and President Biden — are on our side.

We have the people, and we also have some big guns on our side spending money, AARP just dropped $4 million on an ad buy pushing for Medicare negotiation.

That is why carrying water for Pharma is not only a moral failure, it is also a political failure. Any politician who puts Pharma profits before the needs of their constituents will lose their jobs. And they will deserve it.

Pharma shills simply aren’t fit to represent the people of their districts.

Originally published by Common Dreams.