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Mylan will help more patients pay for its EpiPen. Here's why that's bad news for healthcare

latimes.com — Mylan, the profiteering, tax-dodging drug company currently taking immense heat for jacking up the price of its Epipen by 500%, announced Thursday that it will help more patients cover their soaring out-of-pocket costs for the allergy drug device. That's good for some individual patients and families.

Could a President Clinton force down drug prices by executive action? Yes, and here's how.

latimes.com — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton brought down the hammer on drug makers last week, promising to "take on" drug companies that charge Americans the highest prices in the world for drugs developed in part with government funds. "Your tax dollars helped support the research that is used to create those drugs in the first place," she told an audience in Cleveland on Aug.

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Another reason to hate Mylan, which jacked up the price of life-saving EpiPens: It's a tax dodger

latimes.com — The pharmaceutical company Mylan has been taking on a boatload of vituperation - and rightfully so - for jacking up the price of its lifesaving EpiPen injector, which reverses allergic reactions, by 500%. But there's another reason to detest this remarkably amoral corporation: It's also a tax dodger.

Here are the lies about Social Security in Donald Trump's new nationwide ad

latimes.com — The Trump Presidential campaign rolled out its first major television ad last week, aimed at voters in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. For Social Security experts and advocates, it wasn't worth waiting for. "In Hillary Clinton's America, the system stays rigged against Americans," the ad declares.

These Louisiana politicians are demanding flood aid, but voted against Sandy relief

latimes.com — Call it logrolling or one hand washing the other, a generally recognized fact in Washington is that if you want something for your district, it pays to agree to the same thing for another guy's district. That point may have been lost on three Louisiana Congressmen when they voted against a $50.5-billion relief package for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Column: Does Social Security divide or bind generations? - Fredericksburg.com: Columns

fredericksburg.com — ONE OF the raps on Social Security is that it supposedly pits the older generation against the younger. After all, retired Americans collect the benefits but those in the working population make the contributions.

The Supreme Court's awful Hobby Lobby decision just spawned a very ugly stepchild

latimes.com — "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield." That's how Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg concluded her dissent to the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision. That's the case in which the Court ruled that businesses have a right to their own religious beliefs, and could use them to flout otherwise generally applicable federal laws-in this particular, the Affordable Care Act's mandate that businesses provide contraceptive coverage as part of their employees' health insurannce.

These new stem cell treatments are expensive - and unproven

latimes.com — Visitors to the website of StemGenex , a La Jolla medical group, could be forgiven for thinking that the answer to their prayers is finally at hand. Pitched at sufferers of lung disease, Parkinson's, autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and even Alzheimer's, the site offers treatments based on injecting patients with stem cells drawn from their own body fat.

Michael Hiltzik: Is insurer’s move payback for its blocked merger?

stltoday.com — Aetna's announcement this week that it was pulling out of most of the states where it was serving the Obamacare individual exchanges was a head-scratcher; after all, just three months earlier, Chief Executive Mark Bertolini was calling its participation in the market "a good investment," despite near-term losses.
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Aug 25, 2016

Whichever side you're on, is there any doubt that Clinton's speech today calling out Trump's racism was stirring and uplifting?

Aug 25, 2016

RT @HaroldItz: The Clintons save lives in Africa. The Trumps take lives in Africa. https://t.co/cbLmCG72hd

Aug 25, 2016

How not to make the case for comments: show that you have no idea how hard it is to keep them civil and on-topic:  http://www.poynter.org/2016/the-case-for-keeping-comments/427354/ 

Aug 25, 2016

Someone who also said the penalty was too weak and should be sharply increased. So you're now advocating that?  https://twitter.com/mfcannon/status/768884770235412481 

Aug 25, 2016

Mylan will help more patients pay for its EpiPen. Here's why that cynical move is bad news for healthcare.  http://fw.to/aHJ4CyT 

Aug 25, 2016

Yes, well in 2012-2014 the PGPF provided about $9.3 million of your org's funding--that's a lot of "substance," no?  https://twitter.com/marcgoldwein/status/768627815772291072 


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