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Think Medicine is Expensive Now? Public Health Groups Warn of TPP’s Gifts to Big Pharma

Doctors Without Borders and more than fifty other public health organizations sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday calling on lawmakers to reject the pending Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), warning that it will “expand the monopoly power” of Big Pharma and dangerously limit access to affordable medicine for millions worldwide. In its current form, the TPP includes provisions that “allow pharmaceutical companies …

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LOW WAGES COST TAXPAYERS $153 BILLION A YEAR

Persistent low wages cost US taxpayers approximately $153 billion every year in public support to working families, according to a new report that details, for the first time, the state-by-state costs. Following decades of wage cuts and health benefits rollbacks, more than half of all state and federal spending on public assistance programs (56 percent) now goes to working families, …