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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Congress Outraged Over HEP-C Treatment VA can't Afford

February 4, 2016
In The News

Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.

In a CBS News investigation, we told you the cure was developed by a doctor working for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The doctor got rich, but at $1,000 a pill, the VA can’t afford it.

Much of the anger at Wednesday’s hearing was directed at someone who wasn’t even in the room.

“If I were you, I would be outraged,” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, said.

“Certainly the taxpayers should be outraged,” Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, added.

Their target is Dr. Raymond Schinazi, who played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C. When he sold his company to pharmaceutical giant Gilead in 2012, he made over $400 million.

And he did it all while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA.

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