And a big "CHAI" to Theft

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  • 12/18/2007
Remember Ira Magaziner? He was one of the original architect's of HillaryCare. Today he serves as Chairman of the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative -- known by the acronym CHAI. Well, what can one say other than, "To Life!"

Actually, there is something else that can be said -- like why is CHAI supporting the theft of intellectual property of pharmaceutical companies? Here's what Mr. Magaziner had to say at the recent meeting of the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance meeting in Miami:

"We publicly supported the Thai government and the Brazilian government when they issued compulsory licenses for AIDS drugs because we know that they are legal under TRIPS ..."

Well, actually, that's just his opinion -- others disagree quite vocally as to whether or not Thailand and Brazil acted "legally." Drugwonks certainly does not think they did.

But Ira is certainly entitled to his opinion. What makes this more interesting and important than it otherwise might be is whether this is a window into how a Hillary Clinton presidency might view intellectual property.

It would be a good question to ask Senator Clinton during the next debate.

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