Is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema addicted to Big Pharma’s money?

Every politician, to one degree or another, is an addict.

They get hooked on power. The euphoria. The rush.

And once they’ve had it, once they’ve felt it, they develop a need to keep it, to maintain it, to increase it. The dependence can become overwhelming. Captivating. Irresistible.

But power does not come cheap.

And the drug of choice for anyone strung out on political prestige is … money.

Last week, with the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package stalled in Congress, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema went on a fundraising trip to Europe.

Nice gig, right?

But when the need for campaign cash appears to supersede the wearisome duties of public office, is it time for an intervention?

Sinema has the power to reduce drug prices

Sinema is one of two Democrats (with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia) holding up passage of the reconciliation bill, which includes things like increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans and allowing Medicare, using its bulk purchasing power, to negotiate lower drug prices.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Sinema tweeted:

“We need to make health care more affordable, lower prescription drug prices, and fix the problems in the system – not go back to letting insurance companies call all the shots.”