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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "Life styles of the rich and famous."

    Saltz calculated for the average, 165 pound American patient, the drug would cost $1,009,944 per year for 26 doses. With a 20% Medicare copay, that's a whopping $201,988 out-of-pocket for a single year of treatment!Jul 6, 2015.

    cbsnews.com/news/the-cost-of-cancer-dru...

    Prices have increased more than tenfold (2) between 2000 (average price $5,000-$10,000 per year) and today (average price of new cancer drugs exceeds $120,000 per year).

    • The average price of cancer drugs is increasing by about $8,500 (3,4) a year. The average household income today for a family of four is $52,000, down 8% from a decade ago (2015)

    (5).

    This chart shows the top 5% of households (red line), whose inflation-adjusted household income has soared by nearly $200,000 (112%) since 1967. Compare this to the bottom 60% of households (three lines at the bottom), whose incomes have booked tiny gains, with the bottom 20% gaining just $2,900 in household income over the past 50 years:

    businessinsider.com/record-median-house...

    "And that's the way it is":

    Walter Cronkite's nightly sign off .

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Insulin for diabetes and meds for many seriously bad diseases are a financial hardship for many. If our leadership had a heart, this would be seriously addressed. Can't go against that sacred 1st commandment - Thou shall not get in the way of massive profits. Obama was superior in so many ways. He thought about more than just himself. Can't expect the current guy or his party to approach those heights.
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    You desperately need a proper NHS over there. To put people's lives in the hands of profiteers is madness, surely?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Make a profit for the stockholder . Used to be the Hippocratic Oath.

    It requires a new physician to swear, by a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.

    Is price gouging unethical?

  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Make a profit for the stockholder . Used to be the Hippocratic Oath.

    It requires a new physician to swear, by a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.

    Is price gouging unethical?

    No, price gouching here is a "sport" and part of the culture.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    "Price gouching here is a "sport"" ?

    from Dutch !!!

    Wish I'd said that.

  • Independent
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    Texas case supported by Trump that will allow insurance companies to discriminate regarding pre-existing conditions. Basically it amounts to this: if you have cancer and are treated and treatment is paid for if it comes back insurance doesn’t have to pay to treat you.

    We’re #1, we’re#1, we’re#1!

    USA! USA! USA!

    We have the best healthcare in the world!

    Except you don’t get access to it because you don’t have enough money.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    $8500 a year increase in the price of certain cancer drugs. And they arrested a clerk for selling gas at a higher price after a hurricane.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Heard Chris Matthews on Colbert saying the USA is the greatest country in the world. All a matter of perspective. Doing a light analysis of what brings about real change I find hunger is the motivation.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    It's quite easy to reign in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, but our dear "leaders" are too beholden to Big Pharma to do anything.

    *Criminalize advertisements of prescription and generic drugs...like the rest of the industrialized world.

    *Allow CMS to set caps on all prescription drugs for anyone enrolled in Medicare of Medicaid. Right now CMS (aka the American taxpayer) is legally prohibited from negotiating drug prices.

    *Pass a single-payer healthcare system...like the rest of the industrialized world.

    We could actually do away with my second suggestion if we passed the third.

    I'm not holding my breath that any of this will happen any time soon, but a guy can dream.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    It's quite easy to reign in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, but our dear "leaders" are too beholden to Big Pharma to do anything.

    *Criminalize advertisements of prescription and generic drugs...like the rest of the industrialized world.

    *Allow CMS to set caps on all prescription drugs for anyone enrolled in Medicare of Medicaid. Right now CMS (aka the American taxpayer) is legally prohibited from negotiating drug prices.

    *Pass a single-payer healthcare system...like the rest of the industrialized world.

    We could actually do away with my second suggestion if we passed the third.

    I'm not holding my breath that any of this will happen any time soon, but a guy can dream.

    Everything you say is billboard obvious. I think the winning point goes to the radical right for getting the masses to thing government is bad and helping is communistic.
  • Center Left
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    I hope the strong message gets sent that people need help and as a politician you're A. Part of the problem or B. Part of the solution.

    Strong follow up as we vote should be the ultimate exclamation point. One day people will get tired of watching loved ones die. For most - voting them out will be enough. For some.... well that would be speculating.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Just don't get sick. It's that simple. Insurance companies make money. Big pharma makes money. Doctors and hospitals make money. We all lose because we can't afford healthcare, we pay.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Better is an excuse for not making it right. The biggest violator from the right is incrementalism. For example: In absolute numbers, driving is moredangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents inflying. A more direct comparison per 100 million miles pits driving's 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries againstflying's lack of deaths and almost no injuries, which again shows air travelto be safer."

    Why is air travel so much safer? Does the pride in air safety excuse the death and mayhem on the highways. People are taught to accept death and suffering proportional to how much money they have. Better mileage and safety comes with new cars. "Work hard and you can have anything."

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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