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US drug prices doubled since 2011

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  • None of the candidates, including the “democratic socialist” Sanders, challenge the private ownership of the pharmaceutical industry in which everything from research and development and clinical testing to drug pricing and promotion are subordinated to the profit interests of corporations.
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https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/stop-big-pharma-180.jpg 18 March 2016 | According to a new report by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, the average price of brand-name drugs increased by 16.2 percent last year. Between 2011 and 2015, branded prescription drug prices have nearly doubled, rising 98.2 percent. 

Since 2008, the prices have increased by a whopping 164 percent.

Drug spending rose by 5.2 percent in 2015. This was about half the increase seen in 2014, the year of the largest hike since 2003.

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Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chief, Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action

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We’ve Had Enough With Failed Trade Policies

 

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  • The people and the environment come first. Those (current policymakers and candidates alike) who trade away our jobs, our economy and our environment to the highest bidder must be stopped.
  • $%@*! this deal

Mark Ruffalo, Huffington Post

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04/01/2016 | Many pundits were caught off-guard by the transpartisan fury over America’s trade policy rocking the presidential primary season. But it’s no surprise to me. I grew up in a working class family in Kenosha, Wisconsin. So I know why Americans have had enough of shiny promises, job-killing trade deals, and Wall Street bailouts that propel ordinary people into an economic nose dive.

Hard working Americans of all political stripes recognize when the rules have been rigged against them, because they live day-to-day with the results. No doubt revolutionary change is an appealing alternative.

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Mark Ruffalo, Oscar-nominated actor, climate change activist, Huffington Post

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$%@*! this deal!, Paul, Emma, Anne and the team at SumOfUs.org

  • Whose interests is Obama looking out for with these deals?
  • There is plenty of information available on TPP -- a genuine disaster in the making.  Please contact your members of Congress, regardless of who owns them, and tell them TPP is intolerable.
  • Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

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  • When maximizing profits isn't the only goal, companies can actually work better. Under worker-run management structures, co-ops might avoid the usual friction between bosses giving orders from above, and staff misunderstanding or disputing decisions or resisting unfair work burdens from below. Fusing the workforce and management streamlines operations and saves energy otherwise sunk into training and monitoring the workforce.
  • Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy?

Michelle Chen, the Nation / Portside

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March 31, 2016 | Imagine an economy without bosses. It's not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms-companies in which workers share in management and ownership-shows that, compared to standard top-down firms, co-ops can be a viable, even superior way of doing business.

The term "co-op" evokes images of collective farming or crunchy craft breweries. But Virginie Perotin of Leeds University Business School synthesized research on "labor-managed firms" in Western Europe, the United States and Latin America, and found that, aside from the holistic social benefits of worker autonomy, giving workers a direct stake in managing production enables a business to operate more effectively. On balance, Perotin concludes, "worker cooperatives are more productive than conventional businesses, with staff working `better and smarter' and production organized more efficiently."

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for the Nation.

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Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy? Jessica Leber, Co.Exist

Aetna, Gap, Starbucks—even Walmart—are making moves to pay and treat their employees better. Are we seeing the start of an age of friendlier big business, or is it all just PR?

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World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

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  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research

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I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.

But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia — this is a point of no return and I’m going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray the people, not only in Germany, all over Europe.

Udo Ulfkotte is a German journalist. He was formerly an editor for the German main daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Ulfkotte studied jurisprudence and politics at Freiburg and London. 

Arjun Walia writes ebooks based on broadcasting live from home computer.

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable, Neal Gabler, Salon

  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
  • The media is NOT doing its job! 

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Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico

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When a Carrier air conditioner factory was closed, and its jobs outsourced, it wasn't because of financial hardship. 

David Dayen, Salon

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Last year, Carrier produced a significant chunk of total profits for its parent company, United Technologies. Of $7.6 billion in earnings in 2015, $2.9 billion came from the Climate, Controls & Security division, where Carrier resides. Profits from this division have expanded steadily in recent years, which is not what you’d expect from a unit desperate to cut labor costs.

David Dayen is a contributing writer for Salon <http://www.salon.com>. His first book, "Chain of Title," releases in May 2016.

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Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy?

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Aetna, Gap, Starbucks—even Walmart—are making moves to pay and treat their employees better. Are we seeing the start of an age of friendlier big business, or is it all just PR?

Jessica Leber, Co.Exist

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03.16.15 |  In the auditorium of a drab office building Jacksonville, Florida, almost 200 employees of the health insurer Aetna gathered—with many more following along on a live video stream—for a visit from the CEO this January.

They were there expecting a town-hall-style Q&A. What they got instead was an emotional surprise, at least for the lowest-paid among them: CEO Mark Bertolini announced that everyone who earned less than $16 an hour would get a raise. Those same employees, most of whom worked in customer service and claims processing—and most of whom were women—could also choose less expensive health benefits the following year.

Jessica Leber is a staff editor and writer for Fast Company's Co.Exist. Previously, she was a business reporter for MIT’s Technology Review and an environmental reporter at ClimateWire.

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A secret weapon in fighting homelessness? Interior designers. Really.

One of the biggest challenges facing families transitioning out of shelters and into homes of their own is the cost of furnishing them.

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

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As difficult as it was personally for the Michigan mom, she didn't focus on herself. Her main priority was her children.

"I think I was just worried about the kids, how they felt," she says.

Robbie Couch: I'm a wandering writer with Michigan roots, activist tendencies, and an irrational fear of birds. I do what I can to help make empowering, important stories go viral.

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Stop Pfizer from deserting America

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  • Sign the petition to Congress:"Stop Pfizer from dodging billions in taxes owed to the American people by passing the Stop Corporate Inversions Act, which would block companies from hiding their profits by moving their tax address, but not their business, overseas."
  • Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chief

Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action

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American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently announced that it would be merging with Allergan, a tiny European rival, in a move designed to move Pfizer’s tax address offshore – while it continues to do business here in the U.S.2 Called a “corporate tax inversion,” the move would help Pfizer dodge taxes while robbing Americans of revenue that could fund infrastructure or education.

Murshed Zaheed is the Deputy Political Director for CREDO Action, which is a social change organization with 3.5 million members that runs a mobile phone company to fund progressive activism and raise millions of dollars for non-profit groups.

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