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Legalized Price Gouging

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Martin Shkreli bought a drug company and raised the price of a life saving drug for AIDS and children 5000%. He caught a lot of flak and was kicked out of the main pharmaceutical organization. He was as he should be criticized nationally. Disgraced and dropping the price Martin Shkreli says he may have to fire people. Martin Shkreli is not an isolated incident. The drug companies are gouging and nothing gets done. The drug companies are organized by PhRMA that gouges everybody."With the tens of millions it spends on lobbying a year, the organization is credited with being able to sway sentiment on Capitol Hill and with the public to help get its members what they want in everything from appropriations for basic research to new provisions in the Affordable Care Act that help patients afford prescription drugs — and add dollars to their own bottom lines."https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/09/24/why-big-pharma-hates-martin-shkreli-too/ f MartinShkreli is just the tip of he iceberg. Prescription drugs have been skyrocketing . Shkreli started and was a hedge fund manager.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes, I asked the Pope if he would look into this. Anyway Obama made a huge mistake with his negotiation when he "invented" Obama care; He should have worked on prescription drug pricing limits etc. , like they have done in Europe and Canada. It is already criminal if you make an hedge fund manager a CEO of a drug company; then you know beforehand what is going to happen. GREED!!!!
  • Liberal
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    The insurance companies that wrote ObamaCare specifically legalized pharmaceutical theft by forbidding Medicare to negotiat drug prices.

    thank you Republicans for looking out for your best interests as usual!

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Thepr Wrote:

    The insurance companies that wrote ObamaCare specifically legalized pharmaceutical theft by forbidding Medicare to negotiat drug prices.

    thank you Republicans for looking out for your best interests as usual!

    Money goes in and lobbies anything they want. Make laws to legalize, and make laws to protect their interest. It is beyond imagination what gets lobbied into law. And with more and more money the big surprises are yet to come. They get support and protection because everybody wants their chance at the golden ring.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: Yes, I asked the Pope if he would look into this. Anyway Obama made a huge mistake with his negotiation when he "invented" Obama care; He should have worked on prescription drug pricing limits etc. , like they have done in Europe and Canada. It is already criminal if you make an hedge fund manager a CEO of a drug company; then you know beforehand what is going to happen. GREED!!!!

    If Obama would have held out for a Europe/Canada pharmaceutical pricing schemes on the Affordable Care Act, there would not be any Affordable Care Act. HillaryCare failed because of Big Pharma. The Affordable Care Act only passed because Big Pharma decided not to scuttle it like they did HillaryCare.

    So we can discuss all the would haves, could haves, should haves, but the bottom line is that no legislation passes without compromises. Show me a piece of legislation that was put forward with the stipulation that everyone had to have 100 percent of what they wanted and I'll show you a wad of blank pages.

    Deal or NO DEAL.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: Yes, I asked the Pope if he would look into this. Anyway Obama made a huge mistake with his negotiation when he "invented" Obama care; He should have worked on prescription drug pricing limits etc. , like they have done in Europe and Canada. It is already criminal if you make an hedge fund manager a CEO of a drug company; then you know beforehand what is going to happen. GREED!!!!

    If Obama would have held out for a Europe/Canada pharmaceutical pricing schemes on the Affordable Care Act, there would not be any Affordable Care Act. HillaryCare failed because of Big Pharma. The Affordable Care Act only passed because Big Pharma decided not to scuttle it like they did HillaryCare.

    So we can discuss all the would haves, could haves, should haves, but the bottom line is that no legislation passes without compromises. Show me a piece of legislation that was put forward with the stipulation that everyone had to have 100 percent of what they wanted and I'll show you a wad of blank pages.

    Deal or NO DEAL.

    Schmidt; that is what you get in a capitalistic country where the 1% rules; if you call this a "democratic" process with the knife on your throat then you get these results.

    Guess what; why can they get it done in Europe and Canada etc. and not here? Because the "drug" barons, NRA, war industry, Pentagon etc runs this country; certainly not the voters.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Well, I would agree with you with respect to the influence of the NRA, Pentagon, Big Pharma, and even more that you haven't listed. But I would disagree with your comment, "certainly not the voters". We can make our views known by quizzing our candidates for office and making our views known. And then voting. A big chunk of the American voter eligible population has simply just opted out of our democracy by not knowing what the candidates stand for and by not voting. Who should we blame? Capitalism? The media? Only old white men watch Fox News. We have only ourselves to blame...

    I have sat at voter registration tables trying to register young people that may as well have arrived from another planet for as little as they know about civics and our candidates for office, let alone being able to talk intelligently on any issue that might affect them. I am actually embarrassed for them. However, if I quizzed them on pop music or the Broncos, I'm sure they would know a hell of a lot more than me.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Get voters registered and getting people to vote is probably not enough to change anything for the better for the poor people and human rights. The overwhelming message of selfishness by the right talk stars has to be nullified. When people are told and taught that self determination is the only way then it is hard to vote against their own interest. Bernie is good but there has to be a message bigger than Bernie that says what he stands for is ultimately good for the country. The opposite message of selfishness from the right is ultimately bad for the country. That is what might make a change. I don't know if more voters would have a different outcome. You can ask poor people if welfare is good or bad and the majority will say bad.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Well, I would agree with you with respect to the influence of the NRA, Pentagon, Big Pharma, and even more that you haven't listed. But I would disagree with your comment, "certainly not the voters". We can make our views known by quizzing our candidates for office and making our views known. And then voting. A big chunk of the American voter eligible population has simply just opted out of our democracy by not knowing what the candidates stand for and by not voting. Who should we blame? Capitalism? The media? Only old white men watch Fox News. We have only ourselves to blame...

    I have sat at voter registration tables trying to register young people that may as well have arrived from another planet for as little as they know about civics and our candidates for office, let alone being able to talk intelligently on any issue that might affect them. I am actually embarrassed for them. However, if I quizzed them on pop music or the Broncos, I'm sure they would know a hell of a lot more than me.

    Sure Schmidt, I wished I could share your optimism; but as I said in many of my writings: the damage has been done and won't reverse because the one's with the big money do rule here. Thus try to de-throne these; indeed you may need a gun for that . As long as this stays an capitalistic country than "money" is the dictator to which we all have to bow. Thus the "voters" are tong-tied ; ask Bernie; he won't be elected because the big boys with money will make sure of that.