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Sanders writes: "Instead of standing up to the power of the drug companies, who have spent nearly $4 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions since 1998, Trump has become a cheerleader for them."

Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders wave to supporters upon taking the stage on the Burlington VT waterfront during the Bernie 2016 presidential announcement, May 26th, 2015. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)
Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders wave to supporters upon taking the stage on the Burlington VT waterfront during the Bernie 2016 presidential announcement, May 26th, 2015. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)


Trump Has Become a Cheerleader for the Pharmaceutical Industry

By Bernie Sanders, Bernie Sanders's Facebook

14 May 18

 

hat a hypocrite! During his campaign Trump promised he’d provide “health insurance for everybody,” but then supported a bill to throw 32 million Americans off of health care. He said the wealthy wouldn’t gain a nickel under his tax plan, and then signed tax legislation giving 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent. Today, the president made clear that he will not keep the promises he made during the campaign to lower the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs. Instead, he has become a supporter of the pharmaceutical industry's extraordinary greed.

Instead of standing up to the power of the drug companies, who have spent nearly $4 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions since 1998, Trump has become a cheerleader for them. Unbelievably, instead of lowering drug prices in the United States, he wants to raise prices abroad – giving the drug companies even more profits. Unlike Trump, Congress needs to start listening to the American people and take real action to lower the price of prescription drugs. That means we need to pass legislation requiring Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and allow for the reimportation of safe, low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries – precisely what Trump promised during the campaign. I will continue to do everything I can to end the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower the outrageous cost of prescription drugs.


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+15 # chrisconno 2018-05-14 10:49
Yet again, THANK YOU Bernie! A sane voice in a sea of greed.
 
 
+13 # tedrey 2018-05-14 11:14
But Trump explained that if drug companies made more profit overseas, it would enable them to be more willing to lower their profits in America. What part of insanity don't we understand?
 
 
+3 # hectormaria 2018-05-14 11:43
When will the citizenry learn that we no longer have a government of, by, and much less for the people. Our government is made up of a House of Special Interests, an Oligarchical Senate and an Imperialistic Presidency: we are well on our way on becoming a Banana Republic.
 
 
+5 # Nancy Jakeman 2018-05-14 16:33
I'm Australian but I hold a global view. Listen to Bernie everybody!
 
 
+2 # AlexG 2018-05-14 19:52
Trump's few, populist-soundi ng, pro-worker economic campaign positions that, once elected, he instantly revealed as elitist pro-corporate policies, mark not only his pathological shamelessness at being a consummate liar, but also his deep contempt for the country he pretended to want to "...make great again."
Yet now, Trump's increasingly getting 'free-pass coverage,' for his evermore-blatan t hypocrisy, by the equally-rotten- to-the-core MSM news monopolies.

Since it's exactly these same corrupt news monopolies that've now begun to 'normalize,' for a dumbed-down public Trump's beyond-the-pale , democracy-ruino us lies, Bernie Sanders -- and all progressives -- ought to realize the pressing need to not merely propose policy alternatives to Trump's fascist agendas, but to also simultaneously initiate immediate legal actions to legally break-up such Soviet/Pravda-l ike monopolies, w/o which break-up there will soon remain not even potentially-eff ective mass-communicat ion forms to thwart the steady gutting of a free press -- just as happened in early-Nazi Germany, early-Bolshevik USSR, and early-Maoist China.

Bernie's ideas need to be freely heard and debated, but increasingly they now can't easily be, and finally won't be heard at all, unless the trend toward centralized news is promptly halted and reversed, via laws that enable & foster diverse, non-related ownerships of our society's news and civic information businesses.
 
 
0 # boredlion 2018-05-18 23:44
But you've got to be doped up to swallow Trumpot's bull-shite !
 

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