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'Greed Is Danger to Public Health': Progressive Caucus Urges Ban on Big Pharma Coronavirus Price-Gouging

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/03/greed-danger-public-health-progressive-caucus-urges-ban-big-pharma-coronavirus-price

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So the Progressive Caucus recognizes that ’Greed Is a Danger to Public Health’
but the Blue Dogs and ‘Leadership’ need to have that pointed out to them?
I so hope that Nancy gets FIRED in November.

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Nationalize the entire health care system. For profit “heath care” is incentivized to keep the patient coming back for profit-generating treatment rather than treatment that would resolve the ailment. We need a Teddy Roosevelt to step in and kick some ass. The medical-industrial complex has so successfully lobbied congress that the latter’s fealty to it is beyond measure. Congress critters, most of whom are not the sharpest knives in the drawer–and perhaps are out rusting in the back yard, are not able to play checkers with these lobbyists, much less three-dimensional chess. I guarantee that excellent doctors and scientists would prefer to work in an environment that was more intellectually pure rather than the current system that is polluted by profit motives at every turn. Many, if not most of these doctors and scientists are trained using public funding. It is only logical that their skills be applied toward the public good. They still should command handsome salaries, commensurate with their contributions. Nationalize the health care system.

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Here an urge, there an urge, everywhere an urge… You gotta love Congress and it’s oppositional power. Sorry but big Pharma’s urges are stronger and more powerful. It is going to take a lot more than urges to stop these monsters. I will add my little bit: I am wagging my finger at big Pharma as I type right now. Bad Pharma…

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The voice of Mammon (adapted from the Gordon Gekko speech in the film, Wall Street):

"I am not a destroyer of countries. I am a liberator of them!

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed – for lack of a better word – is good.

"Greed is right.

"Greed works.

"Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

"Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.

“And greed – you mark my words – will save that malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.”

Strange, isn’t it? This is a commonly-held view in the USA, and in most societies today. And yet, for thousands of years, until very recently in human history, greed was viewed as a deadly sin. In the Summa Theologiae, medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas said about greed: “It is a sin directly against one’s neighbor, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them… it is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, inasmuch as man contemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.”

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Financially lobbied legislation has to go away.

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DNC™ LLC exists solely to perpetuate kleptocracy… DUH?
We’ve no vote, no say… it’s been taken away!

New York Times continues its sickening, unremitting self-congratulatory victory dance, over stomping us ALL down (without ever once mentioning evil “Sanders” or “universal healthcare” though, they go on and on about how Biden was America’s salvation). Irony, nuance & fact being anathema?

(at this point, I started retching. I’m in NYC, & had only EVER read NYT when they opened their paywall and were forced, by FACTS, to suddenly become a tiny bit more accurate than Trump, Cuomo or de Blasio about the ubiquitous, intentional 25-40% undercount of COVID fatalities, in our private equity gutted, lawyer & FIRE Sector run medical slaughterhouses.)

~https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_0G14sm6ErM&feature=youtu.be (seroprevalence “immunity” in action?)

~https://mobile.twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1279122938692808704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw (scary!)

~https://truthout.org/articles/new-study-suggests-thousands-of-deaths-are-missing-from-coronavirus-toll/

~https://www.riverkeeper.org/blogs/ecology/dead-fish-along-the-hudson-river-why-its-happening-and-what-it-means/

The U.S. government already funds much of the fundamental research that leads to new drugs. It is past time for that same government to provide a government option for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals.

As a start, this could begin with the manufacture, promotion and sale of generic drugs. There certainly some an probably many older generic drugs that have fallen into disuse but are actually better choices than some of the more profitable patented drugs that are currently being prescribed.