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Still time for drug price transparency
The headline of your March 22 editorial, “Make drug prices, hikes more transparent,” summed up a very sensible plan. That was over two months ago, and your call for legislators to shine a light on ever-increasing Rx prices went unheeded in the new state budget.
But there is still time for lawmakers to do something. The state Assembly, which resisted efforts by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Senate to include prescription drug price transparency reforms in the budget, is considering a bill to require disclosure of any proposed Rx price hike of 10% or more.
This would be a smaller step than the governor and the state Senate proposed, but it’s something – and the bill has already passed the Senate.
Legislation like this has led to fewer and lower drug price hikes in other states.
But the clock is ticking toward the end of this year’s state legislative session June 8.
We will be watching to see if the Assembly steps up for the people, who need action to start reining in the cost of necessary medications.
To curb debt, let Congress sacrifice
If Congress really wants to cut the nation’s debt, then before they cut services to our nation’s vulnerable citizens, they should set an example and cut their salaries in half.
After all, no one in public service should be raking in millions of dollars between salaries and donations from corporations to do their bidding.
Our citizens deserve more than we’re getting from our so-called representatives, who are lining their pockets with our hard-earned money paying for their lifestyle, while they want to cut out services from our vulnerable people to balance their bloated budget.
Let them cut their salaries; don’t allow them to vote to increase their salaries; let them cut back on staff, fancy dinners out and all the frivolous things that go along with their jobs. We the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for their upkeep.
Get the facts right on Trump’s tenure
The beauty of Trump loyalists like Dave Edwards (See his May 24 letter, “Democrats are destroying country,”) is that they neither need nor want actual facts, and, if facts are provided, they call names.
During the Trump administration:
1. Unemployment rose 1.6% to 6.3%;
2. Corporate after tax profits rose 57%; The gap between haves and have-nots increased;
3. The national debt rose almost $8 trillion, with almost $2 trillion of that from the tax break given to the rich;
4. The debt ceiling was raised three times during his administration with little or no fanfare. Yet in spite of Trump’s significant increase of the national debt, he had the gall to tell McCarthy to hold out and cause bankruptcy. Roll back the tax break he gave the rich and tax those corporate profits;
5. The trade deficit he promised to lower increased 40%;
6. Unlike all of his predecessors, he did not put his holdings in trust, and he and his family made millions.
It’s said that he charged the Secret Service as much as $1,000 per night to stay at his resorts to guard him;
7. He and his family have far shadier deals that smack of conflicts of interests, with Russia and China, that would make the Biden boys blush;
8. He cozied up to Putin and North Korea and alienated our allies. A bully who thought he had the power Putin has, his minions failed on Jan. 6.
So please don’t tell me it was better then. Get the facts.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
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