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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pressure Mounts On Insurance Companies To Consider Their Role In Opioid Epidemic

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

A prominent Democratic lawmaker asked major health insurers today whether their policies and preferred prescription drug lists have made the nation’s opioid epidemic worse.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote to the companies after an article by ProPublica and The New York Times found that insurance companies sometimes favor cheaper, more addictive opioids over less addictive, but more expensive, alternatives.

“This is not a hypothetical problem,” Cummings wrote. “In my home state of Maryland, 550 people died of an overdose in the first three months of 2017 alone.…

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‘He Didn’t Even Remember His Name’

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

His name was La David T. Johnson.

His wife’s name is Myeshia Johnson.

The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson.

You would know none of this from Donald Trump’s public statement Wednesday:

“I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman.” He also asserted, “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said, didn’t say it at all. She knows it.”

The woman.

The wife.

That congresswoman.

This is a Trump habit. If he doesn’t name them as fellow humans, maybe he can pretend they’re not quite real.…

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