Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump picks ex-pharma executive Azar to lead HHS – POLITICO

Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This nomination is to fill the vacancy left by Tom Price after it was revealed that he had misused public funds to pay for airline tickets. It was thought that former secretary Price may have used millions of taxpayers dollars to pay for his own personal travel expenses. Price resigned a couple of months ago.

The nomination of Alex Azar is considered quite controversial in some circles because Azar was the former Director of US Operations for the Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His nomination to head the cabinet department that is in charge of this country’s health care system, and other related services, begs the question of conflict of interest. In fact, it doesn’t just “begs the question of conflict of interest” it smacks of conflict of interest. Since Alex Azar is to be head of Cabinet department that will be directly dealing with pharmaceutical manufacturers (a.k.a. big Pharma),  can be fair in his decisions when dealing with big Pharma?

In my way of thinking, his nomination should be opposed based mostly on a potential conflict of interest. There was no way that I would ever trust a former executive from big Pharma as a person who could remain objective. I almost interpreted this as big Pharma hedging its bets against probable health care reform and restructuring; something this country sorely needs. His former association with the Eli Lilly, a company that has financially benefited from US tax breaks and subsidies over the years, should automatically drop Alex Azar from consideration.

The nomination of Alex Azar is being vehemently opposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a person who has been an enemy of big Pharma for years. The opposition of Senator Sanders pretty much seals the deal for me, because I fully trust Bernie Sanders in his judgment. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with big Pharma. I do not trust big Pharma, nor will I ever. They have ripped off people in this country for far too many years for anyone to trust them about anything.

In a statement from Senator Sanders, he says,”During Mr. Azar’s tenure at Eli Lilly, this multi-billion-dollar corporation dodged taxes while charging Americans outrageously high prices for life-saving prescription drugs. We need an HHS secretary who is willing to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices, not one who has financially benefited from this greed.”

Since I agree 100% with Senator Bernie Sanders, especially the part about the greed of big Pharma, I think everyone who considers themselves to be a healthcare advocate should oppose this nomination. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another plot by big Pharma to put one of its own in power.

 

Bernie Sanders Scored Some Major Points About Universal Healthcare

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Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

https://youtu.be/eDpxC0CmIqY Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about how he was one of the first organizers of a group of senior citizens, mostly women who were dealing with breast cancer, who traveled to Canada to buy prescription drugs. Senator Sanders makes a very …

 

Bernie Sanders Response to CNN Reporter About the Gorsuch Nomination

Bernie Sanders Response to CNN Reporter About the Gorsuch Nomination

Senator Bernie Sanders makes a response to a CNN reporter, Jake Tapper, about the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Bernie Sanders, as many people may know, is vehemently opposed to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Senator Sanders considers Gorsuch to be unsuitable to set on the highest court in the land.

Bernie Sanders goes on to point out that Gorsuch’s nomination is so crucial because this particular nominee has shown no interest in reversing the controversial Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court. He then goes on to point out that this nomination is the most crucial to happen in years. It is a well-known fact that Senator Bernie Sanders regards the Citizens United decision as being one of the most incorrect and biased decisions ever made by the US Supreme Court.  He doesn’t believe, as most Americans, that corporations should have the same standing as people.  On this point, I could not more adamantly agree.

Tapper then brings up an old video of Bernie Sanders, from a couple of months from years ago, where the Senator makes a statement about how important it is to have a nine-member Supreme Court, not eight. If I remember correctly, Bernie Sanders made this comment when Republicans tried to hold up the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the US Supreme Court. It was totally irrelevant for Jake Tapper to bring up this old interview because it has nothing to do with the present situation, and only serves to further obscure the point that Senator Sanders is trying to make.

Instead of getting offended, Bernie Sanders addresses Tapper’s issue as though it was valid with a statement saying he still believes that the US Supreme Court can only function with nine members, instead of eight. He goes on to reinstate that he is supposed to Neil Gorsuch because he is unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court. His deflection on Tapper’s attempt at subterfuge is brilliant.

Bernie Sanders is 100% correct, as he usually is, about this point of order in the U.S. Senate. He considers it to be unethical for the GOP majority leader, McConnell, to change the rules just because he is politically biased in favor of Gorsuch, and wants to see him confirmed for the US Supreme Court. It doesn’t matter to McConnell that Gorsuch is an unsuitable candidate. He is just playing the usual partisan political game that makes it nearly impossible for any piece of legislation or business to be conducted in Congress.

Bernie Sanders, like many people, think that the entire process of selecting a replacement for the deceased Antomin Scalia is extremely important and should be immune from political gamesmanship. Not to mention that Gorsuch is unqualified, not only because he was invasive during his confirmation hearing, but has made some rulings as a judge on the appeals court that have been not only controversial, but just plain wrong.

As usual, Bernie Sanders is advocating a very important position that concerns most Americans, or at least it should.

Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders grills Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about his position on climate change. Senator Sanders gets Scott Pruitt to admit that President-elect Donald Trump was wrong when he made the statement that climate change/global warming was a hoax. Scott Pruitt readily admits that he believes otherwise.

However, when Senator Sanders tries to ask Pruitt his opinion about why the climate is changing, Pruitt tries to evade the Senators question by saying that his opinion is, “immaterial”. Senator Sanders disagrees about Pruitt’s opinion being “immaterial”, especially since he will be in charge of the agency that is supposed to protect the environment. Scott Pruitt then says that he will do what ever the law requires to enforce environmental regulations.

Senator Sanders points out that 97% of the scientific community says that climate change is caused by human activity. Scott Pruitt then gets into a debate about semantics, saying that the climate is,” impacted” by human activity. Preferring to take the little interpretation of what the scientific community actually said, Senator Sanders argues with Pruitt over the difference between “impact” and “causes”, because Pruitt tries to make light of a very important topic that will confront him as head of the EPA.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make a point about Scott Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma having a record number of earthquakes and the relationship between these earthquakes and fracking (a.k.a. hydraulic fracturing). Senator Sanders asks Pruitt about what he has personally done in his home state to hold the fracking companies accountable. Again, Scott Pruitt becomes evasive and tries very hard to escape from Senator Sanders relentless questioning. Senator Sanders tries to get Scott Pruitt to be more specific about what actions he has taken in Oklahoma, and Pruitt tells about how he has expressed his concern about the problem of increased earthquakes in Oklahoma. He tries very hard to dodge the issue, but Senator Sanders displays his usual tendency to be relentless when questioning someone at a hearing. You can almost see Scott Pruitt squirming in his seat under the pressure that Senator Bernie Sanders puts on him.

At the end, Senator Sanders said that Scott Pruitt will not get his vote. Right on, Bernie!

 

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Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about how he was one of the first organizers of a group of senior citizens, mostly women who were dealing with breast cancer, who traveled to Canada to buy prescription drugs. Senator Sanders makes a very good point by asking the question, why should a drug manufactured in the United States cost ten times more than it does in Canada.

As anyone who has followed Senator Bernie Sanders can tell you, he has always been a strong advocate for lower prices of prescription drugs. Big pharmaceutical companies (big Pharma) is actually contributing a large amount of funding to his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

What’s in the Bernie Sanders says makes a lot of sense. He articulates his point very well, if you take the time to watch this video. Senator Bernie Sanders advocacy in favor of lowering the ridiculous and exploitative high price of prescription drugs, imposed on people by big Pharma, is exemplary. His advocacy is a perfect example of how consistent he has been on advocating for consumers.

Everyone knows that big Pharma hates Senator Bernie Sanders because he is a direct threat to the gravy train that they presently enjoy. Senator Bernie Sanders is elected president of the United States, they know very well that this gravy train will stop.

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Bernie Sanders Committing Civil Disobedience – 1963

Bernie Sanders Committing Civil Disobedience – 1963

This video shows Senator Senator Sanders committing civil disobedience in 1963. Hopefully, this video will lay to rest the rumors, started by supporters of Hillary Clinton that Senator Sanders actually was not a part of the civil rights movement, as he says he was. I believe Senator Sanders.

Despite that many notable members of the civil rights movement, most notably Rep. John Lewis, himself a key player in the civil rights movement, says that he does not remember Senator Sanders as being a part of the movement. This is a totally ludicrous statement by Rep. Lewis. The civil rights movement, as anyone who has studied the history knows, was huge. It also contained many people who were not African-Americans. There is no way that Congressman Lewis would have remembered everyone who was involved in the civil rights movement.

In a movement as big as the civil rights movement was, how is it that Rep John Lewis would try to make us believe that he remembers everyone involved in the movement.  On the other hand, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina also says that he remembers  Senator Sanders’ involvement in the summer rights movement, even though he supports Hillary Clinton. Senator Sanders has also been endorsed by both Harry Belafonte and Spike Lee. In fact, Senator Sanders has been endorsed by a number of African-American celebrities

My helping to cast these aspersions on Bernie Sanders, Rep. Lewis is obviously guilty of playing partisan politics, and shows himself to me an obvious supporter of Hillary Clinton. As someone who has great respect for Congressman Jim Clyburn, I am quite appalled that he would take such a part in mind to downgrade Bernie Sanders to the point of almost calling him a liar. Congressman Clyburn is better than that, or at least I thought he was.

The best thing that he could do would be would be to tell the truth, and just say that he doesn’t remember all of the details about whether Senator Sanders was involved in the movement.

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Since When Is Bill Clinton a liberal, or even close?

Since When Is Bill Clinton a “Liberal”, or even close?

Bernie Sanders responds to Bill Clinton and ‘Liberal’ writers about his ‘pie in the sky’ policies.

The fact that former President Bill Clinton is identified as a liberal is something we true liberals should take offense to. Even when he was president, Bill Clinton was in no way a true liberal. The fact that he has always been identified as one just goes to show how skewed the political spectrum is in this country.

Bill Clinton was nothing more than moderate even on his best days. The fact that he gave us an economy killing trade bill like NAFTA should convince most people that he was never a liberal, and has absolutely no right to label himself as one.

After all, wasn’t it Bill Clinton who gave us “welfare reform”, which amounts to nothing more than taking poor people off of public assistance; something which caused a great deal of outrage among those who are true liberals. His so-called “reform” doesn’t even deserve the title of reform because it was far from it. With a true liberal kick the poor around more than they were already being kicked.

If Bill Clinton were a true liberal, would he have been so anxious to send American troops to Serbia to handle a situation that was actually none of our business. Granted, what was happening in Serbia with ethnic cleansing was an atrocity, but was it really our job to clean up this mess?

As someone who considers himself to be a true liberal, I take great offense at Bill Clinton of all people to be labeled as one.

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Bernie Sanders: The Main Reason to Elect Him President

The recent decision by the Fed to raise interest rates is the latest example of the rigged economic system. Big bankers and their supporters in Congress have been telling us for years that runaway inflation is just around the corner. They have been dead wrong each time. Raising interest rates now is a disaster for small business owners who need loans to hire more workers and Americans who need more jobs and higher wages. As a rule, the Fed should not raise interest rates until unemployment is lower than 4 percent. Raising rates must be done only as a last resort — not to fight phantom inflation.

What went wrong at the Fed? The chief executives of some of the largest banks in America are allowed to serve on its boards. During the Wall Street crisis of 2007, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive and chairman of JPMorgan Chase, served on the New York Fed’s board of directors while his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed. Next year, four of the 12 presidents at the regional Federal Reserve Banks will be former executives from one firm: Goldman Sachs.

These are clear conflicts of interest, the kind that would not be allowed at other agencies. We would not tolerate the head of Exxon Mobil running the Environmental Protection Agency. We don’t allow the Federal Communications Commission to be dominated by Verizon executives. And we should not allow big bank executives to serve on the boards of the main agency in charge of regulating financial institutions.

If I were elected president, the foxes would no longer guard the henhouse. To ensure the safety and soundness of our banking system, we need to fundamentally restructure the Fed’s governance system to eliminate conflicts of interest. Board members should be nominated by the president and chosen by the Senate. Banking industry executives must no longer be allowed to serve on the Fed’s boards and to handpick its members and staff. Board positions should instead include representatives from all walks of life — including labor, consumers, homeowners, urban residents, farmers and small businesses.

Source: Bernie Sanders: Elect Me President and We’ll Kick Big Bankers Out of the Federal Reserve – Truthdig

Bernie Sanders: The Main Reason to Elect Him President

 

The fact that Bernie Sanders would regulate this nation’s economy is the primary reason that he should be elected President of the United States. Everything he says in this quote is absolutely true.

The economy of the United States has been controlled by big bankers for far too long, and Bernie Sanders has some great ideas about how to change that situation, and makes the economy more fair than it is. The entire game has become so rigged against the average person that it is nothing less than an atrocity, and Bernie Sanders will change that if he is given a chance.

When Senator Sanders says that banking officials should not be allowed to occupy seats on the board of the Federal Reserve, because he says it is a direct conflict of interest is absolutely correct. The current situation is unacceptable, and Bernie Sanders recognizes that fact.

No doubt, he will have to find an uphill battle to win his goal, but if anyone can do it is Bernie Sanders. This is a major reason that I will vote for him to win the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton. Can you actually see Hillary Clinton getting tough with the big bankers? I sure as hell can’t!

She has way too many friends on Wall Street to even suggest that big banks be regulated. They are among some of the biggest supporters and contributors. Do we really expect her to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? No, only Bernie Sanders, who takes no contributions from these people is capable of doing the job.

That’s why I say, BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT.