Millions of Americans need insulin to survive. The researchers (Frederick Banting, Charles Best and James Collip) who developed insulin in the 1920s knew this and wanted to ensure the medication would remain affordable and safe. They assigned the patent to the University of Toronto for a nominal amount. When asked why they’d done that, Dr. Banting reportedly said “Insulin belongs to the world, not to me.”
Cost of a SINGLE vial of insulin:— Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil (@AbdulElSayed) April 2, 2019
United States: $300
That's TEN TIMES more for the same exact drug. Our healthcare system is broken — and it's putting lives at risk. We're long overdue for #MedicareForAll
On January 23, 1923, an American patent on both insulin and Toronto’s method of making it was awarded to Banting, Collip, and Best. For $1.00 to each, the three discoverers assigned their patent rights to the Board of Governors of the University of Toronto. The application had stressed that none of the other researchers in the past had been able to produce a nontoxic antidiabetic extract. A patent was necessary to restrict manufacture of insulin to reputable pharmaceutical houses who could guarantee the purity and potency of their products. It would also prevent unscrupulous drug manufacturers from making or patenting an impotent or weakened version of this potentially dangerous drug and calling it insulin. — clinchem.aaccjnls.org/…Which brings us back to our system. It has clearly failed patients in this and many other respects. It has also failed the vision and intention of the researchers whose humanitarian intentions are being undone as pharmaceutical companies try to extract profits out of insulin sales, using every trick in the book. As we head towards 2020, we know that healthcare will again be a major part of the conversation. Republicans have failed miserably in outlining any alternative approach beyond reactionary slogans like “repeal and replace”. They have made it clear they do not plan to do anything in the approach to 2020, and will not detail any plans past 2020 either. This is a good thing, because it allows Democrats to set the terms of the debate. A huge majority of Americans supports Medicare For All. This includes 85% of Democrats and a slim majority of Republicans. The Republican response is, in Trump’s case to call private insurance “beloved” in a tweet that launched a hundred comedy routines: I don’t know anyone apart from health-insurance executives who “loves” our current exploitative system. Most Americans know they’re being scammed. Republicans have underscored that by literally putting a fraudster in charge of their health-care proposals. There is no compromising with this party which wants to defraud the American people on a massive scale to line the pockets of its donors: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1113496402288472064 But this is no laughing matter. It is a matter of life and death. It is a serious political enterprise and if Medicare For All is to be instituted, it will require an enormous push. Over the past three years, public support for the idea has snowballed. To turn this support into a reality we have to:
- solidify the public support
- win an election by campaigning on it
- push Medicare For All through Congress
- close the door on Republican attempts to undermine it
- What should happen to private insurance?
- Do you support creating a public option to expand health care, such as allowing people to buy into a state Medicaid program regardless of income?
- Do you believe all undocumented immigrants should be covered under a government-run health plan?
- Do you support partially expanding Medicare by allowing people ages 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare?
- Do you support giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
- Do you support importing drugs from other countries?
- Do you support having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs to lower drug prices? — www.washingtonpost.com/…
Collins is biased but there is truth to this. For better and worse they are the ones who say what they'll do and how they'll do it. The rest are, you know, "I'll study that," "Faith," "Restore hope," etc. You may not like it but at least they go to bat. https://t.co/5C78tyolql— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) April 3, 2019