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Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan
Not that we should expect any better from a group funded by the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests, but the bizarre "60 Plus Association" has really outdone itself on this one. The group is crying wolf on an EPA study showing that electricity prices will rise under the new regulations by 2020, but ignoring the fact that the actual cost to consumers will dip by as much as 8.7 percent.
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Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program

Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program
With open enrollment for 2014 drawing to a close this Saturday, there’s little time for delay for 36 million Medicare patients to choose a drug plan. Even those happy with their plan from last year need to re-evaluate dozens of choices, as changing costs can double or even triple a person's annual prescription costs.
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Charles Ornstein
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Poppin' Pills: The Problems With Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Poppin' Pills: The Problems With Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program
From over-prescribing legitimate doctors to unlicensed healthcare workers issuing prescriptions, Medicare's prescription drug program is rife with abuses that amount to another subsidy for the big pharmaceutical companies. Here's a recent rap sheet from the previous few years and an especially busy few weeks.
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Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur
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Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors

Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors
Here’s an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities — and raking in billions in excessive profits. The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the 10 years.
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