The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Harvey » Fri May 17, 2019 2:32 pm

Does anyone here know the full extent of the power of the insurers? Are they and big pharma owned by the same small clique? In any case, the US health care system is a perpetual money machine. The obvious result is plummeting life expectancy.
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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Elvis » Fri May 17, 2019 3:41 pm

PufPuf93 wrote:Who takes $$$ from Gilead and its officers and board members?


You might recall that Donald Rumsfeld was chairman of Gilead 1997 through 2000, until Cheney made him Defense secretary. (Before that, Rummie headed Searle.) Gilead makes Tamiflu, and every time a bird sneezed Rumsfeld's stock went up a few million.

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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Elvis » Fri May 17, 2019 3:44 pm

That is to say, it's a free country 'til you stick your neck out too far.
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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Cordelia » Fri May 17, 2019 5:03 pm

"People's lives are not commodities." Her full 4 min speech; about more than 'just' numbers. Good on her.


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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby stickdog99 » Sat May 18, 2019 4:23 am

PufPuf93 » 17 May 2019 12:33 wrote:This is criminal. Good for AOC.

Why haven't other politicians spoken out?

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Published on Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Common Dreams

'Spoiler: Because Australia Has Universal Healthcare': Watch Ocasio-Cortez Ask Pharma CEO Why HIV Drug Costs $8 Overseas But $1,780 in the US

"We the public, we the people, developed this drug, we paid for this drug. There's no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it."


During a House hearing on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked the CEO of one of America's largest pharmaceutical companies a simple but crucial question: Why does a life-saving HIV drug that costs $8 a month in Australia have a $2,000 price tag in the U.S.?

Gilead chief executive Daniel O'Day declined to comment on the low price of Truvada for PrEP in Australia, but said the reason the cost is close to $2,000—"the current list price is $1,780," he said—in the United States is because the drug has "patent protection."

As the Washington Post reported in March, the development of Truvada as a treatment for HIV was "almost fully funded by U.S. taxpayers."
The U.S. government patented the treatment in 2015, according to the Post, but has "opted not to file an infringement suit to enforce" the patent even as Gilead—which argues the government patent is invalid—rakes in billions of dollars in profits from Truvada.

Ocasio-Cortez highlighted these facts during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Thursday.

"I think it's important that we notice here that we the public, we the people, developed this drug, we paid for this drug, we led and developed all of the grounding patents to create PrEP, and then that patent has been privatized despite the fact that that patent is owned by the public," said Ocasio-Cortez. "We refuse to enforce it."

"There's no reason this should be $2,000 a month," Ocasio-Cortez added. "People are dying because of it. We own the intellectual property for it. People are dying for no reason. For no reason. We developed this drug."

In a tweet following Thursday's hearing, Ocasio Cortez answered her own question on why Truvada's price is $8 in Australia.
"Spoiler: Because Australia has universal healthcare," wrote the New York congresswoman.

The reason the United States hasn't joined the rest of the industrialized world in establishing a universal healthcare system is not individual drug company executives like O'Day, said Ocasio-Cortez.

"I don't blame you. I blame us. I blame this body," Ocasio-Cortez said during the hearing. "Because every single developed country in the world guarantees healthcare as a right except us. Except the United States. Because we can't get it together. Because we don't have the fortitude to kick pharmaceutical lobbyists [out of] our congressional offices."


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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby JackRiddler » Sat May 18, 2019 9:38 pm

AOC will inevitably follow in Obama's footsteps


She will go back in time so as not to be anything like she is, but return as a real estate lawyer from Chicago from a CIA family posing as a community organizer, taken under Brzezinski's wing and given an automatic line to political celebrity who never, ever, said a single even vaguely leftist or reformist or anti-corporate or anything less than reliably centrist thing, but knew how to make suckers think he might have?

Don't you get tired of having a formula in which all conclusions are already predetermined since everything will always be the same? Why do you even bother analyzing or thinking about any of it? It's an invincible strategy, that's for sure, since anything that deviates from your expectation can be reaborbed back into your pattern immediately, explained as a trick. You will always be right and never have to be involved in any of the shit going on, since it can never, ever be altered.

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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Harvey » Sat May 18, 2019 9:45 pm

As I said, ravings of a madman.
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Re: The RI thread about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Postby Harvey » Sun May 19, 2019 7:00 am

I thought I'd made this in 2009. I made it in 2008, quite a while before the election. And there, right at the back in the shadows (behind O'reilly) is Satan's little helper Mr Rupert Murdoch of Genie Oil.

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