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Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:41 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 07 May 2019 - 04:54 PM, said:

To be fair, not letting drugs be imported from Canada protects Americans from labels written in French.

Freedom Fries! Freedom Toast! Freedom ... uuuuhhh ... from affordable drugs.
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Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:55 AM

View PostLFC, on 08 May 2019 - 09:41 AM, said:

Freedom ... uuuuhhh ... from affordable drugs.

Freedom isn't free!
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Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:50 PM

One of the talking points that Buttigieg makes in his interviews is that Freedom FROM government isn't the only liberty issue people face. Freedom TO do various things depends on government making society fair, democratic, and with a capitalistic system that can only function with a framework of laws and competition. His example is Russia, in terms of what a corrupt and oligarchic economic system looks like without regulation.
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Posted 09 May 2019 - 12:05 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 08 May 2019 - 12:50 PM, said:

One of the talking points that Buttigieg makes in his interviews is that Freedom FROM government isn't the only liberty issue people face. Freedom TO do various things depends on government making society fair, democratic, and with a capitalistic system that can only function with a framework of laws and competition.

Or as he has called it "Democratic Capitalism".
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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

This Republican douchebag appears to cry over Big Pharma being called out on their obscene price hikes. Come 2020 this should be put on an endless reel with stories by people who saw their loved ones die for lack of affordable medicine.

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U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) broke down, appeared to cry, and yelled during a House hearing Thursday afternoon on the exorbitant and growing prices pharmaceutical companies are charging Americans.

Congressman Roy called it “offensive” – not that companies are exponentially raising prices on life-saving drugs they sell in other countries for a fraction of the cost, but over Americans criticizing the drug manufacturers for making out-of-control profits while people are literally dying because they can’t afford the high cost of their prescriptions.

The Texas Republican Congressman shared with a representative from Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of HIV/AIDS prevention drug, that he had had cancer. He then praised the drug that helped save his life as one “that was created, built, manufactured, developed, designed, created by a private company that made a lot of money. And I’m really glad they did. I hope they make a lot more.”

“But to sit here and attack the capitalistic system that produces and distributes medicine that saves lives here and around the world?” Roy said, exploding in a rant that seemed to be designed for the cameras. Roy, no political novice, has worked for numerous high-profile Texas Republicans, including Rick Perry, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Ken Paxton.

“I mean, it is just offensive,” Rep. Roy proclaimed, pounding his fists on the desk. “I mean, I just cannot possibly understand, listening, lecturing companies about making money!”

“I hope you make a lot of money!” Roy continued, waving his hand in the air.

Later, waving a computer or tablet in the air, he said, “It is a good thing that Apple makes a crap-ton of money making these things.”

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:46 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 May 2019 - 11:56 AM, said:

This Republican douchebag appears to cry over Big Pharma being called out on their obscene price hikes. Come 2020 this should be put on an endless reel with stories by people who saw their loved ones die for lack of affordable medicine.

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“But to sit here and attack the capitalistic system that produces and distributes medicine that saves lives here and around the world?” Roy said, exploding in a rant that seemed to be designed for the cameras. Roy, no political novice, has worked for numerous high-profile Texas Republicans, including Rick Perry, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Ken Paxton.

Hm. What audience is he addressing? Presumably not the Congressional hearing.
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:29 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 17 May 2019 - 01:46 PM, said:

Hm. What audience is he addressing? Presumably not the Congressional hearing.

He's up for re-election. Needs money from those rich pharmaceutical companies to support his campaign.

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 03:20 PM

I can't believe that even the most devoted MAGAt (my new term) believes this. You'd have to be level 11 stupid. I think they simply don't care what he says as long as he's lashing out at the "others" they don't like. Of course I may be too optimistic.

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In a Fox News interview Sunday with Steve Hilton, Trump said he’s developing a plan that will be far better than the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). But that bill will never become law in the next two years because he wants Republicans to be elected first.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:46 PM

Over 200 economists sign on to a letter to Congress backing Medicare For All.

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Ahead of a historic single-payer hearing at the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, more than 200 economists sent a letter to Congress blasting America’s “exorbitant and wasteful” healthcare system and endorsing Medicare for All as the most humane and cost-effective solution.

“America’s health system turns our survival over to greedy companies with the market power to set outrageously high prices,” Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics at Columbia University and one of the letter’s 209 signatories, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Medicare for All will give us a system already proven in other countries: much lower costs with less hassle and worry. It’s a sure winner—except for the profiteers.”
—Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

“Medicare for All will give us a system already proven in other countries: much lower costs with less hassle and worry,” Sachs said. “It’s a sure winner—except for the profiteers.”

In their letter (pdf), the economists highlighted the fact that the United States spends far more on healthcare than other industrialized nations while achieving significantly worse results—a crisis they say can be remedied by transitioning to a single-payer system.

“Evidence from around the world demonstrates that publicly financed healthcare systems result in improved health outcomes, lower costs, and greater equity,” the letter states. “For these reasons the time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States.”

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 02:25 PM

The Trump administration isn't just failing to do anything about high drug prices, they are actively working towards helping keep them high in their attempts to tweak NAFTA. They're also trying to prevent Canada and Mexico from implementing health and safety regulations. This is flat out disgusting. Here's a link to the study.

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For prescription drugs, the costs of which have risen dramatically since the era of patent protection in trade agreements, the USMCA contains provisions the Americans wanted in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

These provisions were suspended by the remaining countries when Trump pulled the U.S. out of that agreement. Now they’re back in, but with an even longer 10-year guaranteed monopoly for biologics, a new category of costly drugs used to treat cancers and autoimmune disorders. Generic equivalents known as “biosimilars” can cut the price by almost half.

Canada currently offers eight years of market protection for biologics; the additional two years could eventually add almost $170 million to each year’s drug costs. Hardest hit would be Mexico, which presently offers no such monopoly rights for biologics.

The USMCA also locks in rules that make it easier for drug companies to “evergreen” their products through minor changes in their components or in how they’re administered, extending the years of patent protection and prevent regulators from using, for several years, the patent drug company’s test data when approving generic versions.

A more subtle but critical set of changes in the USMCA imposes new constraints on the three countries’ abilities to enact health, safety and environmental policies or regulations.

It is these so-called behind-the-border rules in trade and investment agreements that have garnered the greatest public health concerns. The USMCA tries to assuage these concerns by affirming countries’ “inherent right to regulate” including “to protect public health, safety, the environment (and) natural resources.”

But it immediately undercuts this right by specifying that it must be exercised “in a manner consistent with this agreement.” That “consistent manner” includes provisions that could make it harder for Mexico to use existing safeguards under World Trade Organization rules to ensure domestic food security or to guarantee minimum food prices to reduce rural poverty and support small-scale Mexican farmers.

It requires the three governments to ensure that any new international standards upon which new regulations might be based “do not create unnecessary obstacles to international trade,” suggesting trade issues will trump new health regulations. This became an issue even during negotiations, when the U.S. wanted the agreement to ban any front-of-package nutrition labelling that would warn consumers of unhealthy levels of fat, salt or sugar.

Canada and Mexico rejected this, but the USMCA contains several provisions on labelling that could lead to trade disputes should the two other countries choose to adopt new nutrition labels, as Canada is proposing to do.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 02:12 PM

Clearly private insurers are afraid of a public option that they don't control (to dump expensive patients into).

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Cigna reportedly threatened to leave Connecticut, a state where the economy depends heavily on the presence of insurance companies, if the state legislature approved a public health insurance option, according to a new report.

The Hartford Courant, quoting state comptroller Kevin Lembo, revealed the apparent ultimatum on Wednesday. The health insurer has denied making an explicit threat, while acknowledging they were lobbying hard against a plan supported by Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont:

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Cordani made the threat as legislators and other insurance carriers were negotiating the legislation Tuesday night, Lembo said.

Brian Henry, a spokesman for Cigna, said the insurer made no such threat.

“We never said anything like that,” he said. “We said it was not good for the state, the citizens or the industry.”


Connecticut lawmakers have been exploring a bill that would set up a state-subsidized health insurance plan, offer additional subsidies beyond those authorized by the Affordable Care Act, and establish an individual mandate requiring the state’s residents to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. It would rank among the more ambitious state proposals to expand health care, though the public option is now in doubt in the face of the industry’s opposition.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:01 AM

Trump and Republicans have pretty much given up on healthcare and even the hint of a plan was never created. What a shock. The Republican Healthcare Plan Clock has now ticked off somewhere near 10 fruitless years.

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Back in March, President Donald Trump tasked a trio of Republican senators with crafting a “beautiful” new bill that would, once and for all, replace Obamacare with… something else.

At the time, those lawmakers—Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA)—didn’t exactly embrace the effort with open arms. But they didn’t dismiss it out of hand either, declaring they’d work with the White House on a number of health-care initiatives.

Three months later, it’s clear that replacing the Affordable Care Act could not be further from GOP senators’ list of top priorities. In brief interviews with The Daily Beast on Wednesday, the senators that Trump publicly tasked with finally nuking Obamacare were glad to talk about anything on health care—except for the bill that they’d be asked to write.

Scott, for one, said that what he is “focused on is things that are going to drive down costs. Everything I’m going to do on health care is going to be focused on costs.”

Dashing into a Senate elevator, Cassidy said “We’ve been working hard on a lot of issues, surprise medical billing, lowering drug costs, et cetera, which I think sets the stage for doing other things to help make health care more affordable.”

Barrasso, the number three Republican in the Senate, said he and his colleagues are talking to Trump not about Obamacare repeal, but are diving into—you guessed it—health-care costs.

“I was at the White House with the president more recently and we’re talking about surprise medical billing, working in a bipartisan way on that,” Barrasso told The Daily Beast.

That the three lawmakers told to come up with an Obamacare replacement bill have so far fired blanks is, by this point, to be expected. The post-Obamacare-passage era of health-care reform is littered with failed attempts to undo the law.

Republicans and Trump himself surely know this. Burned by the failed 2017 effort to get rid of the Affordable Care Act—and its role in fueling Democrats’ takeover of the House in the 2018 midterm elections—GOP lawmakers came into the new legislative session this year carrying no illusions that another run at sweeping health-care reform was in the cards.

But on March 25, Trump’s Department of Justice changed the landscape with a letter to a federal court backing a lawsuit that could potentially nullify the entire Affordable Care Act, including the popular parts that Republicans have come around to campaigning on, such as protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The next day, President Trump traveled to the Capitol to tell Republican senators that health care would be a top priority. By the end of that week, he tweeted that “ObamaCare is a disaster, far too expensive and deductibility ridiculously high - virtually unusable! Moving forward in Courts and Legislatively!”

When GOP leadership encouraged the White House to not push forward, Trump simply altered his approach. The party, he said, would produce a plan before the election but not vote on it until afterward. But there is no sign that the legislation is anywhere close to being crafted, let alone being seriously contemplated.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:53 AM

Death rates due to despair have an interesting distribution around the nation but the states with the best and worst health ratings are no real surprise.

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Beyond these death rates, the report looked at 44 other factors that influence a population's health to determine each state's ranking.

Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Washington, Connecticut and Vermont ranked the highest (Connecticut and Vermont tied for fifth place in the rankings), while Arkansas, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi received the lowest rankings.

What separates the top ranked states from the lowest? Health care coverage.

"We really think of health care access of being the foundation of a high-performing health care system," Radley said.

The states that ranked at the bottom of the list all had the highest rates of residents without health care coverage.

"Without the ability to go to a doctor when you need to, you're much more likely to end up getting sick in a way that puts you in the hospital with a manageable disease like diabetes," Radley added.

In 2017, five of the 17 states that had not expanded access to Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act had the highest rates of uninsured adults.

"States’ decisions about whether to expand their Medicaid programs have had stark implications for their uninsured rates," the authors wrote in their report.

Massachusetts, which expanded Medicaid access and also provided other assistance to offset health care costs, had the lowest rate of uninsured adults in 2017, at 4 percent. Texas, which declined to expand Medicaid access, had the highest rate, at 24 percent.

But rising costs are also affecting people who do have health care coverage, according to the report.

"Health care costs are going up, and that translates into higher premiums. Higher premiums gets passed on to employees," Radley said.

He pointed out that in Louisiana, for example, working families spend an average of 10 percent of their income on health care premiums. That's money that's spent before out-of-pocket costs such as prescriptions and copays.

Other southern states followed similar trends. Average employee out-of-pocket health insurance contributions were at least 8 percent of incomes in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Delaware.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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