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Friday, January 18, 2019

On Drug Prices, Americans Are The Real Suckers

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Drugmakers rang in the new year by raising prices on hundreds of products — American prices, that is. Americans focused on the celebrations weren’t paying attention.

Allergan led the parade, hiking its prices by 10 percent on more than two dozen drugs. But note this: It didn’t raise the price of Botox, the anti-wrinkle treatment. Why? Because most users of Botox pay for it out of pocket. They can say, “I’m not bearing the extra freight. I think I’ll go another few months with crow’s-feet.”

Markets in which buyers and sellers haggle can bring reason to prices.…

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Mueller Files Memorandum Detailing How Manafort Broke Plea Deal

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

After being convicted on eight counts of bank fraud and tax evasion brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort accepted a plea agreement last September to avoid a second trial in which he agreed to cooperate in the Russia investigation.

But two months later, Mueller dropped a bombshell when he accused Manafort of breaching the agreement by lying to prosecutors.

On Tuesday, Mueller filed a 200-page document in federal court, detailing his evidence that Manafort was not truthful in his dealings.



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How Republicans Sold Out Veterans Health Care To Private Firms

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

For years, conservatives have assailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans. President Donald Trump embraced that position, enthusiastically moving to expand the private sector’s role.

Here’s what has actually happened in the four years since the government began sending more veterans to private care: longer waits for appointments and, a new analysis of VA claims data by ProPublica and PolitiFact shows, higher costs for taxpayers.

Since 2014, 1.9 million former service members have received private medical care through a program called Veterans Choice.



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