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The Prescription Drug Landscape, Explored

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  • A look at retail pharmaceutical spending from 2012 to 2016
  • Where Do Prescription Drug Dollars Go?

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https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/files/digital_logo_v3.png / March 8, 2019 | Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than the citizens of any other country. Measuring drug spending remains a challenge, however, because of limited public data on how much the various payers and supply chain intermediaries pay for prescription drugs.



While the total cost of (retail prescription drug coverage) coverage has increased, patient out-of-pocket spending has remained stable in recent years, due in part to increased insurance coverage and manufacturer assistance, such as the Part D coverage gap discount and copay coupons.



Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than do the residents of any other country. Key findings, charts, and graphics break down the impact along the drug supply chain.

Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis to solve today's challenges.

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FDA Found Glyphosate in Nearly All Foods Tested and Hid the Results


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  • In an alarming revelation, it has come to light that government scientists at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found the weed killer ingredient glyphosate in many popular processed foods.
  • Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

Jonathan LandsmanHumans Are Free / Stillness in the Storm

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06/23/2018 | Glyphosate is perhaps best known as the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer brand from the Monsanto company. And, the FDA has been testing foods for the presence of herbicides and pesticides including this highly toxic substance glyphosate for two years – but had not released results. (Gee, I wonder why).

Glyphosate has been used in weed killer for the past 40 years.

The leaked information shows that the organization has had trouble finding foods that do NOT contain traces of this harmful chemical. Corn meal, crackers, cereals and many other processed foods all show traces of glyphosate.

Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a weekly health show.

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

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  • We’re an egotistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All.

/ A new poll finds that seven in 10 Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system is in crisis, while a new analysis argues that promoting Medicare for All is far fromthepolical suicide that corporate Democrats warn candidates against. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc)

  • Corresponding with its skyrocketing enthusiasm for Medicare for All, the American public reported extreme dissatisfaction with the current for-profit healthcare system in a new poll—and expressed concern that the model has created a crisis for the nation.
  • Related: Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option

Julia Conley, Common Dreams

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January 14, 2019 | O‪n the same day a new poll showed an overwhelming majority of Americans think the nation's healthcare system is "in state of crisis," a new analysis shows that Democrats should listen to those Americans—and end their reluctance to run on the promise of a bold solution like Medicare for All while propping up the for-profit system.‬



"Democrats shouldn't fear authentic candidates who articulate our values. Those candidates offer the best path forward for the party." —Sean McElwee, Data for Progress



A new Gallup survey released Monday showed that 70 percent of respondents saw the U.S. healthcare system as having "major problems" or being in a "state of crisis." Eighty-four percent of Democrats expressed these concerns about the system in which many families are forced to pay highpremiumsand and deductibles, with worse health outcomes than in other high-income countries, while 56 percent of Republicans agreed.

Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/GettyImages-1001242904-1200x800.jpg / Despite co-sponsoring Medicare for All, Rep. Brian Higgins is clearly not interested in pursuing the reform any time soon. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

The next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.

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Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

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/ Environmental activists occupy the office of then incoming Democratic majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

A network of public banks, including a central bank operated as a public utility, could similarly fund a U.S. Green New Deal—without raising taxes, driving up the federal debt or inflating prices.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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March 19, 2019 | As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage.

The 14-page proposal for a Green New Deal submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not actually mention Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), but that is the approach currently capturing the attention of the media—and taking most of the heat. The concept is good: Abundance can be ours without worrying about taxes or debt, at least until we hit full productive capacity. But, as with most theories, the devil is in the details.

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Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work. Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.
     

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The Mental Health Crisis of This Unhinged Presidency

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We are not well, America.
Our leaders are really not well.
We need to vote for our health and for our lives.
We need to get well together.

John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com

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July 11, 2018 | “I feel like I’m losing my mind.”

These words are a continual presence these days.
 I hear them a couple hundred times a day, in one form or another. 
I read them in desperate social media outbursts.
 I find them in my inbox from friends and from strangers.
 I hear them in my own head.

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