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THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY
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(Today 01:16 AM)BigMark Wrote:  Why can you buy pharmaceuticals much cheaper in Mexico? Is that part of their system better than ours?

If they're the same quality drugs, then I think it is better than our system in that regard.

Americans who legitimately need them pay way too much for prescription drugs, more than other developed countries. Big pharma in America is one sweet fucking gig. Getting all kinds of greedy doctors to prescribe painkillers and anti-depressants so liberally as to create millions of addicts and then jacking up the prices = billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors. That's one area where I feel we actually need more regulation.

We have a serious addiction problem in this country which spans all age groups. That's one reason I care so much about the healthcare issue. Prescription drug addiction needs to be addressed seriously as a health epidemic and dramatically curbed.

We Americans make up nearly 5% of the world's population, but consume over 80% of the world's opiods. Then, when we lose access to those prescription opiods, a large percentage of us turn to heroin or some other substitute. In 2015, for the first time, drug overdoses exceeded car accidents and gun homicides combined in number of deaths. Insane. And, it's getting worse.

Candidate Trump promised during his campaign that he was going to address the problem as a top priority. The problem is the worst in regions he won, the rust belt and New England. I sincerely hope he keeps that promise, though I'm not counting on it at this point.





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(Today 01:50 AM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:  We Americans make up nearly 5% of the world's population, but consume over 80% of the world's opiods.


That is an astounding statistic.






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(Yesterday 07:18 PM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:  I won't be surprised if the Republicans just walk away from healthcare because they believe Obamacare will implode and explode on its own weight -- with no regard for how their projected "Obamacare death spiral" would impact tens of millions of Americans.


I don't think they are going to get over this defeat, Republicans are going to do whatever they can to sabotage it. They voted over 60 times to repeal it, they have hugged this close for years and I don't see them simply walking away or reaching out to Democrats in order to work together. I can count on one hand the number of Republicans I find to be credible. Hells bells, I don't even believe they work for Americans, I think they satisfy their own needs, whatever they may be, needs like grudges and old resentments.

I have a lot of Republicans in my life, they don't even talk politics anymore, they are horrified by so much of this crap and because I care about them I don't poke them in order to try and fire them up. Every other Republican is fair game though. Fuck 'em all.






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(Today 06:04 AM)Duchess Wrote:  I don't think they are going to get over this defeat, Republicans are going to do whatever they can to sabotage it. They voted over 60 times to repeal it, they have hugged this close for years and I don't see them simply walking away or reaching out to Democrats in order to work together. I can count on one hand the number of Republicans I find to be credible. Hells bells, I don't even believe they work for Americans, I think they satisfy their own needs, whatever they may be, needs like grudges and old resentments.

I agree that Democratic congresspersons have their work cut out for them in fighting against Republican attempts to sabotage Obamacare.

It's not even disputed by most Republicans that their party gained majority seats in the last two mid-term elections primarily by promising to repeal and replace 'evil' Obamacare, which their conservative constituents were convinced was a step towards socialism and an affront to the free market.

Tom Price, Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services and one of the key drafters of the failed Trump/Ryan healthcare replacement plan, has a lot of latitude when it comes to health policy and regulations. That's something that Democratic representatives have gotta be keeping their eyes all over. As a Georgia Representative, Price was a member of the extreme right Tea Party caucus (now the Freedom Caucus) and a vocal opponent of any governmental assistance/involvement in healthcare. Price opposes vaccinations and insists that healthcare coverage for birth control is an infringement on religious liberty as well.

Ironically, the far right Freedom Caucus brought down Trump's and Ryan's and Price's American Health Care proposal. Republicans didn't need a single Democratic 'yes' vote to pass the bill if they'd stood united, and they made no attempt to bring Democrats to the table.

It's possible that the unwillingness of the Freedom Caucus to compromise will be the catalyst forcing Republicans to work with Democrats to repair and improve the broken parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act, which is the right thing to do as decent human beings and for political survival. I hope that happens; healthcare is deeply personal and a matter of life and death to a lot of their constituents. They need to dump the inflammatory anti-ACA rhetoric and get their asses in motion to better the care and lives of the constituents for whom they work.





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(Today 09:21 AM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:  forcing Republicans to work with Democrats to repair and improve the broken parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act


This ^^^^^ is my hope. Some of the problems have been identified and I think that could be a starting point. Personally, I don't think Americans should have to die because they don't have access to healthcare, people shouldn't have to choose between food or prescriptions.

There were many very frightened Americans waiting to see what was going to happen. It was saddening to see, heartbreaking actually. I won't bitch about some of my money going to help those who haven't been as fortunate as I am. I would never want anyone to die because I begrudged someone some dollars. I haven't always thought like this and I've recently felt some shame because of that.






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President Trump is probably happy to get a bit of good news at this point.

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President Donald Trump won a favorable court ruling Friday on his revised executive order on immigration and refugees.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria, Va., is a George W appointee. He said Mr. Trump has broad authority over the U.S. border and likely didn’t exceed those powers in his revised order, which sought to temporarily bar U.S. entry for people from six Muslim majority countries. The order, signed March 6, also suspended the U.S. refugee program.

The decision has no immediate practical impact because the Hawaii and Maryland rulings blocking Mr. Trump’s order nationwide remain in effect. But it gives the Trump administration a favorable precedent it can now cite as litigation around the country continues.

The Virginia judge, like the other judges, said Mr. Trump and his advisers had made past statements that could be read to suggest that the president’s purpose was to impose an unlawful ban on Muslims. But Judge Trenga said those earlier statements mattered less now because the revised executive order included the elimination of a preference for Christian refugees from Muslim countries and included exemptions for travelers who had been previously approved for residency or travel to the U.S.


Full story: https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-jud...1490381292





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