About four minutes from the end of Thursday's "Political Points " podcast at nytimes.com, national correspondent (and biased health story reporter ) Katharine Q. Seelye piped up to chide Republican Sen. John McCain for being a "bomb-thrower" on health care:
McCain is playing a very interesting role right now. While he's doing that on Afghanistan, on health care, he's being a bit of a bomb-thrower. He's talking about introducing an amendment that would allow the importation of drugs from Canada, which are much cheaper. But that would blow up a deal between the drug companies and the White House. And that could really threaten the whole, the whole health care bill, if Big Pharma pulls out against it. I think McCain is - not sure quite what his thinking is, but he's active on the health care front, too, in what the White House would consider a negative and dangerous way.
Funny, but the Times was pretty supportive of drug importation from Canada during the Bush administration.