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  • Congress should adopt reforms.
  • Congress needs to allow Medicare to negotiate prices, among other steps. 
  • Related: It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

From an editorial in the New York (NY) Times / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/stop-big-pharma-180.jpg September 22, 2016 | A congressional hearing on Wednesday about the outlandish price increases of the EpiPen followed a pattern that has become all too familiar in recent years. A drug price soars for no reason; lawmakers call a hearing to scold a pharmaceutical executive; the executive pleads innocence and provides as little information as possible. The drama plays out with no effect on the price.

So it seemed to go with the hearing on the EpiPen, which is used by people suffering a severe allergic reaction to inject epinephrine, a lifesaving drug. Mylan, the maker of the device, raised the price to more than $600 for a pack of two in May, up from about $100 in 2007, when the company acquired the product from Merck KGaA. The increase caused a public uproar this summer. Members of Congress called for hearings and attorneys general in New York state and West Virginia have said they were investigating Mylan for antitrust violations.

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It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers, Wendell Potter, Huffington Post 

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  • Folks, we are guilty of magical thinking. We’ve fallen for insurers’ deception and misdirection, hook, line and sinker. And, to the financial benefit of the industry’s executives and institutional investors, many of us can’t be persuaded that we are being duped. Meanwhile, the shareholders of the big for-profits are laughing all the way to the bank. Every single day.
  • Related: Health Care Inequality On The Rise

 

Call out the corruption

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The TPP is so corrupt it’s a stretch to even call it a trade deal.

Evan, Fight For the Future

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http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpg  September 4, 2016 | Hi,

I’m calling it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the most corrupt trade deal in history.

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Politicians have gotten away with serving special interests in this massive trade deal for too long. But if we expose TPP for what it is, we can stop these kinds of deals and never let another corrupt trade deal like this happen again.

The TPP is so corrupt it’s a stretch to even call it a trade deal.

Only 5 of its 29 chapters deal with trade issues, things like tariffs and quotas. The rest is about delivering on the wish lists of multinational corporations.

Pharmaceutical monopolies would be protected.[1] Environmental protections would be slashed.[2] SOPA-like censorship would threaten free expression on the Internet.[3] Good-paying jobs would be sent overseas.[4]

And then there’s the international shadow court that would be set up to force TPP countries to pay multinational corporations when they pass laws or regulations that may limit corporate profits.[5]

This wouldn’t only screw over taxpayers, it would also hurt small and medium-sized companies by making it harder for them to compete with the multinationals that would get this special benefit.

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Just last week President Obama notified Congress that he would be sending them the final version of the TPP shortly.[6] And all reports indicate that he plans to do everything in his power to make sure it passes by then end of the year.

The White House and the lobbyists behind the TPP are desperate to get this finished before the public fully understands how dangerous and corrupt it is.

With everyone’s attention on the elections, they are working behind the scenes to set this up for quick passage. That’s why it’s so important that we get loud and call out the TPP for corruption now.

The TPP is the biggest trade deal ever. Its special-interest giveaways run more than 5,000 pages, and it would affect over 40% of the global economy. We need to sound the alarm right now before it’s too late…

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Thank you,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

[1] http://www.msfaccess.org/spotlight-on/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement

[2] http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/trans-pacific-partnership

[3] http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/02/03/tpp-problematic-partnership/

[4] http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2015/11/07/how-the-tpp-harms-jobs-the-environment/

[5] https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National Office/2016/06/Foreign_Investor_Protections_TPP.pdf

[6] http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/obama-congress-trade-warning-226952

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It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

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  • Folks, we are guilty of magical thinking. We’ve fallen for insurers’ deception and misdirection, hook, line and sinker. And, to the financial benefit of the industry’s executives and institutional investors, many of us can’t be persuaded that we are being duped. Meanwhile, the shareholders of the big for-profits are laughing all the way to the bank. Every single day.
  • Related: Health Care Inequality On The Rise

Wendell Potter, Huffington Post

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Aug 03, 2016 | I didn’t think it was possible for me to get more disgusted with the industry I used to be a cheerleader for, but I was wrong.

Health insurers—more specifically, the big for-profit health insurers that want to get even bigger through two pending mega-mergers (Anthem wants to buy Cigna and Aetna wants to buy Humana)—once again are demonstrating that nothing—absolutely nothing—is more important to them than making their rich shareholders even richer.

If that means making it more difficult for low- and middle-income Americans to get the medical care they need, so be it. “Too bad, so sad,” to use a phrase one of my former colleagues used to say when people complained about the way health insurers routinely screw their customers.

Wendell Potter: Author of Nation on the Take, How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It

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Health Care Inequality On The Rise, Steffie Woolhandler & David Himmelstein, Huffington Post

  • The growing inequality in health care use in America is reflected in worsening outcomes for those with lesser incomes. While the health gap between rich and poor Canadians has been closing, ours has been widening. Today, the wealthiest American men live 15 years longer than their poor counterparts.
  • Related: 2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table"

 

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