Sen. Bill Nelson Plans Amendment to Health Care Bill That Would Eliminate Ad Deduction

We have learned that Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill that would end the deduction for prescription drug advertising.  In a Letter to the Editor published in Friday's St. Petersburg Times, he claims that ending the deduction would raise $37 billion dollars that could be used to pay for health care reform.

It is likely that this amendment could be introduced as soon as early next week.  ANA is working with our industry partners to send a letter in opposition to the Senate Finance Committee and to begin a lobbying blitz as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions, you can reach Dan Jaffe in ANA's Washington office at 202-296-2359 or at