Robert Reich: While other nations set wholesale drug prices, the law prohibits the U.S. government from using its considerable bargaining power under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.
Kathleen Wallace: Here’s to hoping that the next person who shows up saying they are from Liberia or any other nation suffering greatly will get the attention from the start that is so merited because what may be brewing certainly has the potential to make all of our little daily concerns seem truly paltry.
Tara Culp-Ressler: “We are still in a country where it just makes us skeevy to talk about sex, especially with young folks. It’s a real bummer because we actually have a medical intervention that will work, and we just need to be better about talking about it.”
Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.
Jenny Brown: During the campaign, American agents didn’t have to go far to see what having a union contract would be like; they could talk to US Airways agents at the next gate.
Tina Dupuy: It’s understandable how religious people bristle at science. They’ve grown accustomed to being able to carve out exactly what they like from religious texts, leaving the objectionable stuff behind.
Tina Dupuy: Somehow we’ve been tricked into believing one giant entity wielding unimaginable influence is better than the other giant entity wielding unimaginable influence.
Gareth Porter: The massive designation of houses as “hideouts” indicates the Israelis believed Palestinian fighters were hiding in some of them.
Berry Craig: I was so angry about Bridges coming into our house and saying what he said that I was awake half the night thinking about it. It’s like somebody coming into your house and taking the food off your table.”
Tina Dupuy: At most big chain drug stores you can still get your smokes rung up with your COPD inhaler. But CVS said selling tobacco conflicted with their “health care mission” so they’ve opted out of the practice.
Ruth Dawson: Religiously affiliated hospitals do not have the right to provide sub-standard care by inserting a religious gatekeeper between a doctor and a patient in need, thereby imposing theological views on people who do not necessarily share them.
Kathleen Wallace: But you know there’s an answer medical science has come up with for those with absolutely no improvement from traditional therapy. Fecal transplant. I did not make that up.
Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?