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Friday Evening Owls: Sen. Sanders: Congress should finish the “pure embarrassment” of Medicare drug costs

The report found that “the much lower net prices in Medicaid are the result of higher manufacturer discounts in this program than in Medicare Part D.” For specialty drugs, the average price ranges from $ 1,889 in Medicaid to $ 4,293 in Medicare Part D.

“There’s no reasonable reason why Medicare pays nearly three times more than Medicaid and about twice as much as VA for the exact same drug,” said Sanders explained. […]

The CBO report follows January publication a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, also commissioned by Sanders, which found that in a “sample of 399 branded and generic prescription drugs, even after intake, the VA paid an average of 54% less per unit than Medicare and Discounts. ” […]

Last week a group of policy experts and medical professionals examined the Trump administration’s health care legacy Approved A report that its policies are not “a radical break with the past, but merely accelerated the decade-long trend of delayed life expectancy that reflects deep and long-standing flaws in US economic, health and social policies.”

They concluded that “reforming the Medicare for All payer is the only way forward”.

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That day at Daily Kos in 2003– Blair faces party uprising; USA lose Canada:

It is clear that the governments of the UK, Spain and Italy have to make real choices – to represent the will of their people or risk losing power to defend Bush’s invasion.

In England, support for Blair and the war is falling despite a month-long public relations campaign to shore up popular support. And the left wing of Labor openly speaks of a revolt if Britain goes to war without the approval of the UN Security Council.

“This is the time of crisis for Tony Blair,” said Alan Simpson, an anti-war Labor leader in the House of Commons. “He can lead the war party or the Labor Party, but he cannot lead both. It is pretty clear that by the time he goes to war he will have left the party behind.”

Blair’s political troubles seem to have convinced the US to seek a second solution, even though it publicly argues that it does not require one.

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