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Torabs

Great article. Benjamin is an excellent commentator on these developments, which I had not been fully up on.

Benny

orlbucfan

Breyer never was a liberal, past, present or future. He was a craporate toady right up Bubba Clinton’s alley.💩

orlbucfan

T and R x 2, and thanks, pb4!!☮️😊👍 Well, it’s like Edwin Starr sang back in the day, “War, good God, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’!”

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Loved it!! War, good god y’all … Used to blast it in my house when my middle daughter was about 3 or 4. She says she still remembers the trauma. Lol.

orlbucfan

I think I have it on one of my soul collections, Ain’t…. I’m pretty sure I had the 45. 🙂

orlbucfan

I don’t know about scared. I do know I’m pissed! I am sick and tired of reading about out-of-control rogue cretins like Nuland and the MICC trying to constantly start more conflicts without the permission of the American People. Our country is literally collapsing around our ears and now, all this wasted money blown on a bunch of Nazis in Ukraine? Whose corrupt idiotic idea was it?

wi66

Not scared at all, the two big “Dick’s” MIC’s wont risk Nuke’s on this as that would hurt the profit machine. But they do scare the masses and they buy into the paranoia. I for one and sick of the war machine this planet thrives on politically. Most normal people just want to live their lives in peace and prosperity.

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/01/31/while-lobbying-kill-build-back-better-pharma-hikes-costs-866-drugs

Major pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. hiked the prices of nearly 870 prescription medications during the first month of the new year as lock-step Republicans and right-wing Democrats—flush with cash from drugmakers—continue to block legislation aimed at reining in the industry.

Through January 20 of this year, according to an analysis released Sunday by Rx Savings Solutions, drugmakers raised the costs of 866 of their products in the U.S. by an average of 6.6%.

“Over the same period last year, drugmakers raised prices by an average of 4.5% on 893 drugs,” observed the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the new study.

“There were some large price increases. AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s Blue Point Laboratories, a seller of generic drugs, more than doubled the price of the cancer chemotherapy drug cisplatin to $30,” the Journal noted. Exelan Pharmaceuticals Inc. raised the price of its generic lisinopril to treat high blood pressure by 536% to a range of $6.17 to $549.85, depending on the dosage and package size.”

The latest data on Big Pharma’s 2022 price hikes drew the attention of members of Congress who are working—in the face of a record-shattering industry lobbying blitz—to pass legislation to curb sky-high drug costs, a problem that’s far worse in the U.S. than in other wealthy countries.

“There is something profoundly wrong in America when a company like Exelan can raise the price of a generic drug to treat high blood pressure (lisinopril) by 536% to as much as $550,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee. “How many more Americans have to die and suffer before Congress has the guts to end this greed?”

wi66

End it (greed)? Hell most of congress approves of the gouging as they profit by it.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And they’re seriously taking over Medicare. I’m a member of NYCTRS which tried to force a change down our throats to accept a plan that threatens our traditional MCare by Jan 1 but were forced to back off til April 1 so that we could evaluate whether the changes were good for us. Fundamentally, it’s a takeover of MCare by the insurance industry.

Here’s my latest email from the PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program) which will be testifying in front of Congress in a couple days.

January 31, 2022

Dear health justice activist,

Two months ago, I led a delegation of PNHP physicians, SNaHP students, and health justice activists to Washington, D.C. to raise the alarm about Medicare Direct Contracting, a dangerous and insidious program that threatens the very future of Traditional Medicare. We gathered outside the Dept. of Health and Human Services, but were ultimately refused entry when we tried to deliver your petitions demanding an end to DCEs.

Since then, we’ve worked with allied organizations, members of Congress, and activists like you to force the issue in Washington. We’ve met with HHS administrators, led Congressional briefings, published countless op-eds and, on Wednesday, I’ll have the opportunity to testify before Congress on the dangers of Medicare Direct Contracting.

What: Congressional Hearing on “The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Future of Medicare Financing”
Where: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
When: Wednesday, February 2, 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Watch live: Click HERE to watch a livestream of the hearing
This hearing will be one of our highest-profile opportunities to push back against Direct Contracting Entities, and I’d like every PNHP member to help spread the word. Please share this email with your colleagues⁠—or anybody concerned about the future of Medicare.⁠ Brush up on the case against Direct Contracting at pnhp.org/StopDCEs. And make a plan to tune in this Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

Together, we can shine a light on this stealth privatization attempt, highlight the dangers of commercial insurance companies taking over our precious public health programs, and remove a significant barrier standing in the way of single-payer Medicare for All.

In solidarity,

Susan Rogers, M.D.
President

orlbucfan

Yep, Direct Contracting. I’ve been keeping up with it through NC and the PNHP. So, far my trad Medicare hasn’t been threatened—yet. I hope, somehow, someway, this will backlash and get us closer to M4A.

polarbear4
polarbear4

ty! do you have a link where we can go show our support? I have a scheduled call but I can have it going on silent—although I would love to hear it. but I can’t break my word on this call.

Direct contracting scares me to death and I would like to be hearing more from Bernie and the squad on this—they could be making people aware when they go on TV. it’s really important. it’s not just old people. I tried to get the red beret people more interested, because if they get their claws into Medicare, how the hell are you ever going to have Medicare for all?

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/31/senate-democrats-manchin-sinema-bernie-00003958

Bernie Sanders is still encouraging liberal primary challengers to Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. The rest of the Democratic caucus is ready to move on and try to keep hold of their fragile majority.

Yet Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Monday he’s not backing down, despite the crucial role Sinema and Manchin will play in near future on Democrats’ agenda. He downplayed the possibility that backing primary challenges to the duo would alienate them at crucial moments on the Senate floor: “They’re big boys and big girls.”

It’s “not my job to tell Arizona or West Virginia what to do but if the people in those states want new leadership, I’d be prepared to support them,” Sanders added.

Asked about Sanders’ primary threats, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) replied: “It’s a free country. I wouldn’t recommend it.”

orlbucfan

Politico, still the RWing rag it’s always been.

polarbear4
polarbear4

at least strip manchin’s chair of energy, iirc

wi66

I recommend that Schatz gets primaried 😉

jcitybone

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/31/1077155345/california-universal-health-care-bill-dies-without-a-vote

California Democrats on Monday failed to gather enough support to advance a government-funded universal health care system, succumbing to intense pressure from business groups and the insurance industry in an election year.

The bill had to pass by midnight on Monday to have a chance at becoming law this year. But it never came up for a vote after its Democratic author, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, realized it would not pass.

“It became clear that we did not have the votes necessary for passage, and I decided the best course of action is to not put AB 1400 for a vote today,” Kalra said.

While the measure would have created a universal health care system and set its rules, it did not say how much that system would cost or how the government would pay for it. Democrats had filed another bill that would impose hefty new taxes on businesses and individuals, hoping to separate the two issues.

Still, debate about the bill had been dominated by costs. A study of a 2017 proposal in California estimated it would cost $331 billion, which is about $356 billion today when adjusted for inflation.

But California is on pace to spend about $517 billion on health care in 2022, according to an analysis by a commission established by Gov. Gavin Newsom to study universal health care. The largest chunk of that is from employers and households, followed by the federal government.

California’s total operating budget — which pays for public schools, courts, roads and bridges and other important services — is roughly $262 billion this year.

The California Nurses Association, which has pushed for the legislation for years, condemned the decision not to call the bill for a vote, saying it provided “cover for those who would have been forced to go on the record about where they stand on guaranteed health care for all people in California.”

“Nurses are especially outraged that Kalra chose to just give up on patients across the state. Nurses never give up on our patients, and we will keep fighting with our allies in the grassroots movement,” the association said in a news release.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat from Lakewood, said he was “deeply disappointed” Kalra decided not to call the bill for a vote.

“With time, we will have better and more successful legislation to bring us closer to this goal,” Rendon said. “I expect more and more of my colleagues to sign on, so we can make California a health care justice leader.”

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/31/californias-single-payer-bill-dies-00003924

High drama surrounding CA AB1400 (21R) by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) had made it the highest-profile piece of legislation remaining from last year.

Kalra told progressive Democratic activists that he didn’t bring the bill up for a floor vote because he anticipated the bill would have failed by a double-digit margin. He concluded that a futile vote would only have made it more difficult to cultivate support from other lawmakers for a bill next year.

“Putting them in that position knowing the bill wouldn’t pass anyway would have further alienated them,” Kalra said on a Monday evening call.

But he still faced fury from supporters who had invested their hopes in the bill’s passage, many of whom challenged Kalra’s decision and urged him to name resistant Democrats so they could launch campaign challenges.

The California Nurses Association reacted with outrage, releasing a statement saying that “Kalra chose to just give up on Patients across the state.” The nurses also accused the lawmaker of “providing cover for those who would have been forced to go on the record about where they stand on guaranteed health care for all people in California.”

The California Democratic Party’s left wing factions had vowed to block endorsements for members who didn’t vote in favor of AB 1400. That ultimatum may potentially have cost the bill support among some moderate Democrats.

The political repercussions of upending California’s health care system were hard to overstate. The stakes were especially high given that Gov. Gavin Newsom, who campaigned for governor on the promise of single-payer, has been notably uninterested in the bill. Newsom has instead been touting his proposal to extend Medi-Cal to all income-eligible undocumented adults.

AB 1400, sponsored by the California Nurses Association, would have all but eliminated private health care and replaced it with a centralized state-run financing system known as CalCare, a plan that legislative analysts estimated could cost between $314 billion and $391 billion a year.

Tensions over the bill have pitted not only Republicans against Democrats, but progressive Democrats against moderates with the left-wing factions promising repercussions against those who fail to support it.

The California Medical Association, the California Association of Health Plans, the California Hospital Association, the California Chamber of Commerce and numerous other business and medical forces joined forces to lobby against the bill. Supporters included the California Labor Federation, the California Teachers Association, a number of local governments and health advocacy organizations.

Torabs
Torabs

Kalra isn’t all bad, but he should’ve had the courage to call the bluff of the assembly. How would voters have reacted to their retaliation for exposing them to be the corrupt gasbags they are? What is going to change next year, you coward! Kudos to the nurses for failing to accept a pathetic excuse, in the middle of another COVID wave.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Make people show where they stand. More successful legislation. Read all the good stuff gone.