Bernie Sanders: Senate Republicans block Trump proposal to lower prescription drug prices

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) proposed an amendment Tuesday to lower the cost of prescription drugs by letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and allowing for the importation from other countries of low-cost prescription drugs – both proposals advocated by President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans blocked the Sanders amendment.During his run for the White House, Trump called for requiring Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prices. In a speech in New Hampshire last Feb. 7, Trump criticized current U.S. law that forbids Medicare from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies. Trump said: “We are not allowed to negotiate drug prices. Can you believe it? We pay about $300 billion more than we are supposed to, than if we negotiated the price. So there’s $300 billion on day one we solve.”Trump’s campaign platform also advocated making it legal to reimport cheaper drugs from other countries. Sanders offered an amendment to implement Trump’s campaign promises. “I am sure that all of my Republican colleagues will support an amendment in my hands that will do exactly what Mr. Trump said he would accomplish as president,” Sanders told Senate colleagues. But Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) objected to holding a vote on the amendment.Without those changes in a bill now before Congress, Sanders said he could not support the overall legislation because it caves to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and cuts Medicare and Medicaid by $1 billion. “It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” Sanders said.  “The prescription drug industry, along with Wall Street, is the most powerful political force in America. I have been fighting the greed of the prescription drug industry for decades. And, as far as I can tell, the prescription drug industry always wins, but the American people lose.”To see the amendment, click here(link is external). Source: WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more


Rwanda records 36 more recoveries of COVID-19

first_imgRwanda coronavirus testing Rwanda Biomedical Center AFP PHOTO Rwanda coronavirus testing Rwanda Biomedical Center AFP PHOTORwanda on Monday, September 7, reported 36 new Covid-19 recoveries, raising the tally of recovered cases to 2,271. It is on the same day, the country confirmed 35 new positive cases of the pandemic.According to the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, 25 were identified in Kigali’s high-risk groups.Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts also reported nine new cases and one case of Covid-19 respectively.So far, Rwanda has recorded 4,409 Covid-19 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in mid-March.The latest Covid-19 update was obtained from 4,457 sample tests conducted in the last 24 hours. In total, the country carried out 444,350 tests of the pandemic.Meanwhile, Rwanda’s Covid-19 death toll so far stands at 19 people.Related Rwanda COVID-19 cases increase to 36 Madagascar records first COVID-19 casecenter_img Rwanda: Eleven recovered COVID-19 patients dischargedlast_img read more


Japan bounces back with win

first_imgSAPPORO – Japan rebouded from back -to back defeats to sweep aside Turkey 3-0 at the women’s volleyball World Cup on Saturday.Japan prevailed 25-21, 25-16, 25-16 to notch its fourth win against two defeats and keep alive its chances of fast track Olympic qualification on a day where other teams also vaulted into contention with five matches still to go. Asian champion China marched ruthlessly on with a 3-0 whipping of South Korea and is the only unbeaten team after the United States suffered a surprising first defeat at the hands of Poland, 25-21, 31-29, 22-25, 21-25, 15-12. In other matches, Italy beat the Dominican Republic 3-0 for its fifth win while Brazil is also 5-1 after a 3-0 win over Egypt. Olympic champion Cuba leveled its record to 3-3 after a 3-0 win over Argentina. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more