Let's look at those profits. Drug makers' combined profit margin last year was 22.2 percent, compared with insurers' 4.4 percent. Drug maker Merck's net income, $12.9 billion, exceeds that of the 10 largest insurers combined.
Pfizer, which netted $8.64 billion last year, gave its CEO, Jeff Kindler, a 12.5 percent salary increase, bringing his compensation to $14.9 million. Pfizer, in a federal filing, attributed the raise partly to Kindler's work "developing and advancing U.S. and global public policies that serve the overall interests of our Company," including his "constructive participation in the U.S. legislative process." Kindler contributed the maximum to Obama's election, and Obama raised more money from the drug industry than any candidate in history.