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  •  Drug Reimportation would have hit Pharma (20+ / 0-)

    while doing no harm to Seniors at all.

    Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life" President Obama, on the passing of Margaret Thatcher.

    by JesseCW on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:33:10 AM PDT

    •  Advertising for products like (7+ / 0-)

      prescription drugs and jet airplanes that people can't just walk in and get on their own should be forbidden.  Jet engine, airplane, and gigantic windmill ads are being bought in order to control the image of the company and to pressure the networks into not reporting negative stories about those companies.

      Prescription drugs can't be purchased without, duh, a prescription.  Doctors write prescriptions and have the training and knowledge to prescribe drugs on their own.  And health professionals are sick of people coming in and asking for prescriptions like they're ordering off a restaurant menu.

      I'd like to see Medicare negotiate drug prices just like the VA and virtually every other country on this planet.  Why do we continue to pay the highest prices for drugs in this country?

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 04:19:32 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for this (1+ / 0-)
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        I often wondered (when I watched tv) what sort of demographic I was in and would sometimes laugh as a healthy young man when I'd catch myself watching some show and all the ads were for adult diapers or blood pressure medicine, or toys and cereal. When I realized this I'd usually decide it was time to go do something else.

        Anyway, I never could get my head around why giant companies were advertising their jet engines, or other things that normal people don't purchase and wondered what the demographic was for the show I was watching. Now I finally get it. Also, I agree 100% about banning prescription drugs advertising and stuff "you can't just walk in and get on your own."

        [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

        by rabel on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 05:05:26 PM PDT

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        •  The media is bought and paid for... (1+ / 0-)
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          they are part of the problem. A few of the talking heads want to speak something real, but they're being drowned in a sea of superficiality and they know it. Medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, oil, processed food, the latest hot wheels, weapons systems - they've all got some form of payola working the system, whether it be media, congress, the local governments, or their own management teams. We've been bought and sold. Once you've seen through this lens, it's hard to find some guiding star. But necessary to search for it...

          "Gun violence places a tremendous burden on America's health care system. Direct medical costs for gunshot wounds total more than six million dollars a day." - The Violence Policy Center

          by Beastly Fool on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 05:16:58 PM PDT

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    •  We should demand Congress stop requiring (4+ / 0-)

      American patients to pay the bulk of the cost of pharmaceutical company profits.

      That they amend the Part D Medicare Drug Benefit and remove the prohibition against negotiating on bulk costs for drugs for seniors on Medicare.

      Because the law which created Part D also contains that prohibition. So Medicare can't get the same deal as Canada or Germany or Portugal or any nation which refuses to allow those drugs to be sold in their nation, unless the manufacturer reduces the costs and in many cases, it is significantly less than in the US.

      Why is Medicare in trouble, financially? In large part, it's this dodge the 2005 Congress wrote for their buddies in PhRMA, boosting their black ink and beggaring old, sick Americans. Or costing the life of a cancer patient without insurance. It's just too much money, sometimes thousands of dollars a month for a single medication.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 04:31:53 PM PDT

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