Crony Capitalism and Pharmaceutical Companies

I’m reading a couple of investing books right now and came across this gem on crony capitalism and the pharmaceutical industry. The author was detailing Warren Buffett’s 2007 stake in GlaxoSmithKline and mentioned this neat little factoid:

And last but not least, vaccine manufacturers in the U.S. are completely immune from lawsuits. Back in the 1980s several bad batches of vaccines injured so many children that the resulting successful lawsuits threatened to bankrupt the manufacturers, so the manufacturers lobbied a bill through Congress making them a protected class.

Now I may have raised some questions about Ron Paul in a previous post, but I’m sure that Paul never voted for this ridiculous piece of legislation. Can other Republicans say the same?