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T and R, and thanks, Ms. Benny!! 🙂



Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview published Friday that he supports measures to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, as well as lowering the Medicare eligibility age and creating a public health insurance option.

The comments from Schumer give important backing to a push from progressives, who have been calling for a range of major health care reforms from President Biden, including in his next major economic package, which he laid out for Congress during a joint address on Wednesday night.

Schumer specifically pointed to conversations he has had with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“Bernie Sanders and I agree on this,” Schumer told The.Ink. “I believe we should be negotiating — we just talked about this at some length; he and I must talk almost every single day — Medicare negotiating with the drug companies and using that money to expand Medicare.”

Asked about reducing the Medicare eligibility age or a public option to compete alongside private health insurers for people of all ages, Schumer replied, “Yeah, I’d be for either of those, both of those.”


bc he knows biden will never do it.


Well Biden doesn’t write the legislation.



The progressive California Democrat said Biden’s speech was a “home run” and applauded him for doing “better” than either he or Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) believed he would during last year’s Democratic primary campaign.

He also told MeidasTouch that he believed the president had rejected “the frame of Reaganism” and championed government intervention in the economy and other areas of policy.

Speaking to the channel after Biden’s speech on Wednesday, Khanna said: “I thought it was a home run. I didn’t know Joe Biden had that in him. I was for Bernie during the campaign and we spent so much time saying Joe Biden, he’s going to be cautious and incrementalist.

“I don’t think Bernie will mind my saying this… he said: ‘Well, he’s doing better than we thought he would, isn’t he Ro?’

“The truth is he really rejected the framework of Reaganism, and he’s making a bold, affirmative case for government as necessary. I loved the speech. He’s got his own way of relating and earning trust of people; I think he’s off to a fabulous start.”



Cut taxes on the rich. Unleash a wave of entrepreneurship. Growth will pick up and more jobs will be created. Everybody benefits. That, in essence, is trickle down – a theory of economics that Joe Biden wants to consign to the dustbin of history.

The US president was a young politician when the idea that cutting taxes on the well-off would be good for the poor first came into vogue in the 1970s. Now he has used his first address to a joint session of Congress to call on the US’s top 1% to pay for his $1.8tn (£1.3tn) American families plan – higher spending in areas such as education, childcare and infrastructure.

Anticipating pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, Biden had a simple message. It was time, he said, to build the country from the middle and the bottom outwards, not from the top down. “Trickle down has never worked,” he said.



Good for him


I’m glad he did that. It might be hard for a person living under headphones all day to realize the effect their words might have. Sounds like he realized his words might have a negative impact?



oh my god. mask up time. i’ll check out if we’re having demonstrations.


Biden >>> Clinton


Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee they’re worried about President Biden’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with Rice suggesting the U.S. may need to go back, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The position puts two former secretaries of State — from the Obama and Bush administrations — at odds with one of Biden’s most significant foreign policy moves to date.


As usual, follow the $


Two House Democrats are soliciting support for a letter calling on President Joe Biden to continue denying developing countries’ request for a temporary waiver from intellectual property rules that severely limit their ability to mass produce COVID-19 vaccines developed in the United States and Europe.

The Democrats, Reps. Scott Peters of California and Ron Kind of Wisconsin, were both among Congress’ top 25 recipients of contributions from pharmaceutical industry political action committees in the 2020 election cycle.

A draft of their letter, which is backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a powerful big business lobby, uses pharmaceutical industry talking points to argue for preserving a status quo that many experts believe could cost the world countless lives and squander a narrow window for achieving global herd immunity.


yeah. “congress” Doesn’t really write legislation anymore. it’s written by the “expert” lobbyists. as several have noted.





What a venal bastard.