“Why would anyone go through all the trouble of running for president just to get up on stage and talk about what’s not possible?” This is the question Elizabeth Warren posed to thumb-faced millionaire John Delaney at a Democratic debate in July, as paraphrased by her campaign in a Read originalRead More
It’s a typically perfect day in Santa Barbara, endless blue sky above the mountains and warm sun on the skin. Ady Barkan’s house, set off one of those quaint California streets where the power lines weave themselves around the palm trees, looks like a perfect place for a young family to live. It radiates happiness, a place of contentment and a peaceful life; hummingbirds can be spotted flitting about, drinking the nectar of purple flowers.
A few years after 9/11, while the United States was at war with Iraq and fears about national security were at a fever pitch, the drug industry embarked on a short-lived literary venture. At the behest of a consultant, executives at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Read originalRead More
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, water poured into Bellevue Hospital’s basement, where the fuel pumps were stored. The elevators stopped working. At a time when its services were sorely needed, the oldest hospital in the United States was forced to close its doors, unequipped for storms of the climate change era.
The Democratic Party needs to be saved from itself, or at least from its tendency to retreat into the gauzy nostalgia of the past. It’s understandable, here in the hourly news deluge of President Donald Trump’s chaos realm, to pine for the relatively comforting quietude of the Obama presidency—a placidity that owed much of its calm to the fact that we weren’t confronted as often by news of the Read originalRead More
Many dark and miserable months into the 2020 Democratic primary, the nation is still enduring the sight of the candidates having the same fights over health care, like an exhausted married couple whose quarrels will always come back to What Was Said at that party in 2008. It seems we are doomed to push the “Read originalRead More
Tuesday’s debate offered Elizabeth Warren the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be the Democratic field’s clear frontrunner, a prospect that recent movement in the polls has brought to the point of likelihood. Throughout the night, her rivals forsook Joe Biden as their main target and instead took pointed jabs at her. Warren fended them off with sturdy aplomb, save for one criticism: how she reckons with middle class taxes in a world with Medicare for All.
After nine months of negotiation, Nancy Pelosi has unveiled her proposal to reduce drug prices. The bill would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies on the Medicare prices of between 25 and 250 drugs, setting an upper price limit of 120 percent of the average price of drugs in six other countries.