Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We'll be in for a lot of this . . .

Sam Stein and Matt Fuller for the Puffington Host report on the 21st Century Cures Act, which appears likely to pass. Believe it or not, it does some things Democrats want to do, including providing some additional funding for NIH and money to the states to combat opioid addiction.

But of course, there's a high price to be paid. It also makes it easier to get medical treatments approved without demonstrating that they are safe and effective. Senator Warren has denounced this as a corrupt bargain. The Democrats in congress will be offered more of these corrupt bargains in the coming years, such as the phony infrastructure plan that really consists of giving away public goods to capitalists. The Republicans haven't been afraid to obstruct everything for the past 8 years -- how will the Democrats behave now?

Stay tuned.

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