Star War fans will always remember when Obi-Wan Kenobi described the spaceport Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.” It’s easy to recall that description when you learn about a conference occurring in Washington, DC this week known as the 340B Coalition. “Scum and villainy” might be too strong a term to describe the conferees but “cronies and rent seekers” wouldn’t be.
The 340B Discount Drug Program is a perfect example of a government program gone wrong. Passed in 1992 as part of the Veterans Health Care Act, the program was designed to provide discount drugs to certain health care clinics as a way of serving the poor and underprivileged. In theory, the discounted drugs were to be offered to those in need at the discounted price. Then ObamaCare happened.