Corruption in government isn’t just unethical — it’s bad for our health.
Last week, the director of the CDC resigned after it came out that she had bought stock in tobacco companies while she was running the agency that’s supposed to warn the public about the health consequences of using tobacco.
Two weeks before that, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, former Eli Lilly president Alex Azar, who was responsible for doubling the price of an insulin drug that 30 million Americans depend on to manage their diabetes. He’s now supervising the same pharmaceutical industry that made him a multi-millionaire (including a $2 million bonus on his way out the door).
It’s part of a familiar pattern: Trump appoints corporate execs to watch over the same industries that they used to work for. They own stock in the companies they’re supposed to monitor. They get rid of consumer protections and jack up the prices of medicine. The stock price goes up, and our health goes down. They get rich. We get sick.
This world of corruption and self-dealing — the “swamp” that Trump promised to drain — has been a good home for Glenn Thompson. The fossil fuel industry has given him close to $400,000 since he’s been in Congress, and he’s returned the favor, voting over and over again to eliminate common-sense rules that stop huge companies from polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink. As a result, we have some of the dirtiest air and water of any state in the country, and it’s making us sick: childhood asthma, skin conditions, cancer, and neurological disorders have all been linked to our polluted air and water.
Our government is making us sick so they can make a buck. I’m running for Congress to put an end to it.