Friday Evening Owls: Sen. Sanders: Congress should finish the ‘nat’l embarrassment’ of Medicare drug costs


The report famous that “the a lot decrease web costs in Medicaid are the results of larger producer rebates in that program than in Medicare Half D.” For specialty medication, the typical value ranges from $1,889 in Medicaid to $4,293 in Medicare Half D.

“There isn’t any rational cause why Medicare pays almost thrice greater than Medicaid and about twice as a lot because the VA for a similar precise medication,” Sanders declared. […]

The CBO report follows the January release of a Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) research, additionally commissioned by Sanders, which discovered that in a “pattern of 399 brand-name and generic prescribed drugs, the VA paid a median of 54% much less per unit than Medicare, even after taking into consideration rebates and reductions.” […]

Final week, a panel of coverage specialists and medical professionals who examined the healthcare legacy of the Trump administration released a report stating that its insurance policies didn’t “symbolize a radical break with the previous however have merely accelerated the decades-long development of lagging life expectancy that displays deep and long-standing flaws in U.S. financial, well being, and social coverage.”

They concluded that “single-payer, Medicare for All reform is the one approach ahead.”





“The tree which strikes some to tears of pleasure is within the eyes of others solely a inexperienced factor which stands in the best way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity […] and a few scarce see nature in any respect. However to the eyes of the person of creativeness, nature is creativeness itself. As a person is, so he sees.”
         ~~William Blake, 1799


On this date at Every day Kos in 2003—Blair faces occasion revolt; U.S. loses Canada:

It’s clear that the governments of the UK, Spain, and Italy have actual selections to make — to symbolize the need of their folks or risk losing power in defense of Bush’s invasion.

In England, help for Blair and the warfare are plummeting regardless of a months-long PR marketing campaign to prop up standard help. And, Labor’s left wing is brazenly speaking revolt if Britain goes to warfare with out UN Safety Council approval.

“That is crunch time for Tony Blair,” mentioned Alan Simpson, a pacesetter of Labor’s antiwar faction within the Home of Commons. “He can lead the warfare occasion or the Labor Celebration, however he cannot lead each. It is fairly clear if he goes off to warfare, he could have left the occasion behind him.”

Blair’s political difficulties appear to have satisfied the US to hunt a second decision, even whereas publicly arguing it does not require one.