Democrat Senator’s Daughter Is CEO of Mylan, the Clinton Foundation Supporter That’s Price Gouging on the EpiPen

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RUSH: Have you heard about the controversy over the cost of the EpiPen?  I bet there’s something you don’t know about this.  Hillary Clinton is out raising hell over the price, the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens.  These are things, you shoot epinephrine into somebody that needs a jolt, peanut allergy or some such thing. This causes an immediate fix for it.

The price for these devices has skyrocketed 400% recently, and yet ABC and CBS, in talking about this, have failed to identify the pharmaceutical company involved.  And there’s a reason why.  And NBC as well. ABC, CBS, NBC have neglected to reveal that Mylan Pharmaceuticals manufactures the EpiPens and has partnered in the past for medical aid with the Clinton Foundation, and it’s rumored that Hillary might need one of these now and then.

Well, the CEO of the company is the daughter of Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia Senator. So you have the daughter of a Democrat Senator price gouging 400% and nobody in the Drive-Bys is making that connection that it’s the daughter of a Democrat Senator that’s a CEO of the pharmaceutical company.

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RUSH: Now, back to this EpiPen for a second.  This is really fascinating on a number of levels.  Mylan Pharmaceuticals manufactures the EpiPen.  The cost of one of these EpiPens has skyrocketed 400% recently.  It’s a classic example of the things the left said we needed Obamacare for.

We’ve got to keep these out-of-control corporations in check.  They don’t care about their patients. They don’t care about their customers. They’d be just as fine if they died, as long as the patients pay for the medicine, they don’t care.  That whole line from the left about evil corporations, how they kill their customers, they don’t care, they rape them financially.

Well, here’s one that apparently has, and the company behind the EpiPen, it’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals, has partnered with the Clinton Foundation on numerous projects.  The Mylan Pharmaceuticals company has donated money to the Clinton Foundation.  It might be pronounced Mylan.  It’s M-y-l-a-n, so I’m kind of combining pronunciations.  I don’t want to be wrong about it, but I haven’t seen it pronounced anywhere.

Now, the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the CEO is the daughter of Joe Manchin, who happens to be a Democrat senator from West Virginia.  And for some reason the Drive-By Media have ignored both of these details reporting on the EpiPen story.  They have ignored the ties that Mylan Pharmaceutical has with the Clinton Foundation and they have ignored the ties that the CEO has to a Democrat Senator, i.e., she is his daughter.

Now, according to the New York Post: “Records available on the website of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation reveal Mylan, the company that manufactures the EpiPen, has donated up to $250,000.” Also, the company behind EpiPen, Mylan, has partnered with the foundation on projects and donated money to various projects in addition to the foundation.  What else here?

“On Wednesday, Clinton released a statement blasting her family foundation’s donor. ‘Over the last several years, Mylan Pharmaceuticals has increased the price of EpiPens by more than 400%. That’s outrageous — and it’s just the latest troubling example of a company taking advantage of its consumers.”

It’s exactly what the left says about every corporation, I don’t care if it’s Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Retail, big whatever.  She said, “It’s wrong when drug companies put profits ahead of patients, raising prices without justifying the value behind them.” Well, then here’s a chance for the Clinton Foundation to actually step up and do something.  Why don’t the Clinton Foundation, why don’t they stand up — here’s what they could do.  Hillary and Bill could announce a press conference and tell everybody that they are going to give away EpiPens to everyone who needs one in the next two or three weeks out of embarrassment for the fact that this company is a huge donor to the Clinton Foundation and has given them $250,000 when that money could have been used to make the product cheaper.

I mean, if the Clintons really want to demonstrate the good — have you ever thought, have you ever asked yourself, here’s this massive foundation, it exists ostensibly to do good charitable workers, why do we not ever hear of any of those good works?  In Louisiana the floods, perfect opportunity for the Clinton Foundation to get in gear and go down there and help out.  Didn’t happen.  The cynical view is, “Well, there’s really not a whole lot of money to be scored down there because the Clintons show up and leave with money.  They don’t leave money; they leave with it.” 

But now that we know that Mylan Pharmaceuticals, huge supporter of Hillary, huge supporter of the Clinton Foundation is ripping off customers with the price of the EpiPen, a great opportunity for Hillary to put some distance between herself and the company and announce some great — and they don’t even think of it.  No.  They don’t have to.  I’m just saying, it could go a long way to mitigating some of the damage, but the Clintons are just — it wouldn’t happen.  They don’t give away their own money.  Try hard not to, anyway.

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ObamaCare Near Collapse in TN

The insurance regulator for the state of Tennessee warned that the state’s ObamaCare exchanges are “very near collapse.”

As health care costs only continue to increase, some insurance companies who have remained on the federal exchange are beginning to plan exit strategies. For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) estimated that by the end of 2016 it will have lost upwards of $500 million since entering the exchange three years ago. In light of the rising health care costs and the threat of losing the three remaining insurance companies currently operating within the federal exchange in Tennessee, the state government has given the green light for these remaining companies to increase their rates for individual plans — up to 44.3% with Humana, 46.3% for Cigna, and a shocking 62% in the case of BCBST.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee, said that the large increase in rates is proof that ObamaCare is not working. He questioned, “How can anyone continue to defend this law while they watch it wreak havoc on family budgets, stealing money hardworking Tennesseans had set aside to buy a home or send their child to college but will now have to spend on their skyrocketing premiums?” But it’s not only those ObamaCare exchange plans which will see rate increases — it’s estimated that those off-marketplace plans will also see double-digit price increases. No one is free from the ObamaCare monster. Not even a model statelike Tennessee.

Obamacare splitting in two…

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Increasingly, there are two ObamaCares.
There’s the one in coastal and northern areas, where the marketplaces include multiple insurers and plans. And there’s the one in southern and rural areas, where there is often little competition, a situation that can lead to higher premiums.
“There’s really two kind of stories that are playing out,” said Cynthia Cox, who studies insurer competition at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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The trend is likely to be accelerated by the departure of Aetna and UnitedHealthcare from ObamaCare marketplaces in 2017. The loss of those insurers won’t affect all parts of the country equally, experts say.

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“The combined effect of these exits is mostly concentrated in southern states and particularly rural counties within those states,” Cox said.

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According to an analysis from the consulting firm Avalere, as of now, there will be just one insurer offering ObamaCare coverage next year in seven states: Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wyoming, Alaska, North Carolina and Kansas. It is possible that more insurers could enter these markets before next year.

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In one county in Arizona, there might not be an ObamaCare plan available at all.
Aetna had been the only insurer offering a plan in Pinal County. Unless federal and state officials can find another insurer to fill the void in 2017, the county’s 400,000 residents will not be able to buy coverage on an ObamaCare exchange.

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The dearth of options in rural, sparsely populated areas is a far cry from what Democrats promised when selling the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama talked at the time about how the law would create a “one-stop shop” for insurance, comparing it to websites where people can look for airline tickets.
“Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans, side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon,” Obama said in 2013. “You enter some basic information, you’ll be presented with a list of quality, affordable plans that are available in your area, with clear descriptions of what each plan covers, and what it will cost.  You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.” 

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In states like Oklahoma, the reality is different, with just one insurer to choose from in the online marketplace.

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“We certainly see this as an issue,” said Mike Rhoads, Oklahoma’s deputy insurance commissioner. “With only a single carrier out there, there is no competition.”
“I think competition drives price sensitivity by these carriers,” Rhoads said.

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Adding to the geographic disparities under ObamaCare, many of the same states where insurance competition is lacking declined the health law’s expansion of Medicaid. Because of that, many lower-income people have no insurance option at all.

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Still, many rural areas had few insurance options before ObamaCare came along. Back then, individual plans were pricey and difficult to find, and insurers could reject people with preexisting conditions.

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Under ObamaCare, insurers cannot deny coverage for health conditions, and lower-income people receive financial assistance to offset the cost of premiums.

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Cox, the Kaiser Family Foundation expert, said the main consequences of insurers leaving ObamaCare next year will be enrollees having to switch plans. The cost to the federal government of providing ObamaCare, meanwhile, could rise if premiums increase.

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In Oklahoma, Rhoads said he has been trying to recruit more insurers to join the ObamaCare marketplace, but found no takers.

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“We see no other carriers willing to come in,” he said. “We certainly have had conversations with some of the national players.”

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Rhoads said he spoke with two insurers that participated in ObamaCare’s first year about returning. They declined, citing the financial losses they suffered before.

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“There’s a little bit of giggling in the background when we ask this question, and we understand that they’ve been there, they’ve done that, they’ve taken their lumps,” Rhoads said.

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“As we discussed with one of the CEOs of a large HMO, who had competitive rates, they had their losses and their board of directors was just incensed that they hadn’t made money, and it caused some turmoil within the organization,” he added.

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Relying on just one insurer to offer coverage runs the risk of having ObamaCare disappear, should that insurer bail from the marketplace.

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In areas with just one insurer, it is almost always a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. While those plans have generally expressed their commitment to continuing to offer ObamaCare coverage, they have also pressed the Obama administration for policy changes like tightening up the rules for extra sign-up periods that sick people can use to game the system.

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Some Blue Cross plans, including one in North Carolina, have expressed reservations about continuing to offer ObamaCare plans, particularly if they do not win their preferred policy changes.

Sabrina Corlette, an expert on the health law at Georgetown University, cited the geographic divergence when asked whether Aetna’s exit made her worried about the future of ObamaCare.

Corlette said her concern is “going to depend on what county somebody might live in.”

At Least Six Swing States Face Double-Digit Premium Hikes under Obamacare

by ALEX SWOYER16 Aug 2016Washington, DC

Double-digit Obamacare premium hikes projected in 2017 may bode in Donald Trump’s favor, as several swing states are being impacted by double-digit increases under the law and consumers are expected to see the hikes around Nov. 1 — one week before heading to the polls.

Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Hillary Clinton has vowed to make the Obamacare exchanges work. Some say the way she would do that is through raising taxes.

“Any reports of premium increases will immediately become talking points on the campaign trail,” stated Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “We’re in an election where the very future of the law will be debated.”

The Heritage Foundation found dramatic increases on premiums in Wisconsin and Florida as well as Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina under the law in comparison to before Obamacare went into effect. Currently, insurers in the Obamacare marketplace in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois are wanting double-digit hikes on premiums.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is reportedly requesting to increase rates by more than 18 percent, while in Ohio, the average requested hike is around 10 percent. In Pennsylvania, companies want hikes averaging 23.6 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

The next president may face the meltdown of Obamacare, as Aetna announced on Tuesdaythat it’s pulling back coverage in 15 states and will only remain in four states due to a $200 million dollar loss.

The Obama administration argues that Aetna’s move isn’t a sign of trouble for Obamacare, according to The Hill.

“Aetna’s decision to alter its Marketplace participation does not change the fundamental fact that the Health Insurance Marketplace will continue to bring quality coverage to millions of Americans next year and every year after that,” stated Kevin Counihan, CEO of ObamaCare marketplace.

But Aetna isn’t the only insurer facing cost issues in the Obamacare exchanges. UnitedHealthcare and Humana are also major insurers that are pulling back.

The news comes as record high premium spikes are expected in 2017.

Fox News cites The Kaiser Family Foundation report that revealed low cost plans under Obamacare face an 11 percent hike. The District of Columbia is facing a 21 percent hike in premiums while Portland is facing a 26 percent hike. New York City faces a 16 percent increase in premiums.

Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel claims Aetna pulling out of exchanges is politically motivated

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disaster, and spin from the Admin shills
Scarlett O'hara

This liar wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped him upside his crooked face! Zeke Emanuel is Soro’s buddy.
Dan Troop

In other words if people would just do what they are told and private companies were willing to incur losses as they are expected to do then the whole house of cards would be secure. And if the people don’t obey they will be heavily penalized until they do obey and companies that don’t knuckle under they will be the subject of government wrath. Give Emanuel credit where credit is due he can recite the party line endlessly without feeling the slightest embarrassment at lying. He is also a traitor to his oath to “First Do No Harm.”
In other words if people would just do what they are told and private companies were willing to incur losses as they are expected to do then the whole house of cards would be secure. And if the people don’t obey they will be heavily penalized until they do obey and companies that don’t knuckle under they will be the subject of government wrath. Give Emanuel credit where credit is due he can recite the party line endlessly without feeling the slightest embarrassment at lying. He is also a traitor to his oath to “First Do No Harm.”
kingdpsht1
Along with being a massive bullshit artist, could he be any more annoying!?
Gordon LeCroy

Lie, cheat, steal, coverup, delay…just be sure to wave your arms a lot