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Americans Want Drug Companies to Pay for Opioid Addiction

Plus: #Joe2020, gender gap myths, prison food, soda taxes, and more...

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More than 70 percent of Americans think pharmaceutical companies should cover the costs associated with opioid addiction and overdoses, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. And 57 percent say these companies should be forced to pay in some unspecified and undirected way as punishment.

The poll was conducted April 12-17 with a nationally representative sample of 1,510 respondents.

With one in three respondents saying they know someone who suffers from an addiction or has overdosed on opioids, it's no wonder that people are angry, exasperated, and bewildered about how best to help. Nonetheless, the poll results are disappointing.

Specific unscrupulous promotion and prescribing behavior can be addressed without blaming all drug companies that make opioid-based drugsa broad category of medications that are crucial for many legitimate medical reasons and used responsibly by many patients and physicians.

And big pharmaceutical settlements with state governments or the feds won't actually get back to ordinary people—or at least not in the helpful ways hoped. Time and again, settlements of this sort go to unspecified state expenses or, worse, back to law enforcement agencies for more of the same old attempts to arrest our way out of social problems. Individuals and communities struggling with opioid issues would be much better served by donations to local programs and resources.

For a while now, the "opioid crisis" has actually been a fentanyl crisis, especially in terms of what's causing overdoses and deaths. Nonetheless, a lot of peopleincluding 71 percent of those surveyed by NPRthink the government should do more to restrict access to prescription opioids. You know, the one sure way to send more people to dangerous black-market drugs.

Meanwhile, the government is fighting a two-pronged but all-carceral battle against opioids, seeking to prosecute pharmaceutical companies for creating addicts that other arms of law enforcement will arrest and prosecute.

America's county jails have turned "into their area's largest drug treatment centers," NPR says in a separate article.

It's the drug war that's not working. It's the lack of options for safe drug use and detox that aren't working. Lining law enforcement budgets with drug company cash won't change that.


ELECTION 2020

Joe Biden is in. Read Reason's Christian Britschi for more information. I am preoccupied with the seemingly random (dare I say Trump-like?) punctuation in his announcement:

For his part, President Donald Trump has welcomed the man he calls "Sleepy Joe" to the presidential race. "I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "It will be nasty—you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!"

Biden takes a lot of flak for being a boring choice, but "right now most Dem voters, especially black voters, see him as the reliable brand who can win," suggests Dave Weigel on Twitter. "So does the guy who'd be America's oldest president get to Iowa without voters second-guessing that?"


FREE MINDS

Understanding data isn't racist. Kate Andrews of London's Institute of Economic Affairs pushes back on the idea that pushing back on bad gender-wage gap statistics makes her part of the "alt-right":


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California soda tax bill fizzles. Richard Bloom, the Democratic California assemblyman who's been pushing for a statewide tax on sugary beverages, has pulled the legislation until next year. This was his third attempt to pass the tax.


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  1. Joe Biden is in.

    It all starts with a nose in your hair.

    1. What we need now finally is a true war hawk and drug warrior with hair plugs. We haven’t had enough of that lately.

    2. Hello.

      “With one in three respondents saying they know someone who suffers from an addiction or has overdosed on opioids, it’s no wonder that people are angry,”

      Never look in the mirror. Ever.

      Budweiser and Molson-Coors. Tread carefully.

  2. …how can you trust a man to run the free world if he can’t put the same number of spaces on either side of his dashes?

    Our country — America –deserves better.

    1. Seeing ENB complain about editing issues is pretty funny in a sad sort of way. Based on the quality of text presented here, I’ve assumed the writers, excuse me, editors, type with their feet.

      The new web site was obviously designed, built, and tested by those who couldn’t make editor. I’m a software professional; I would refuse to hire anyone who had this site in their portfolio. It’s execrable.

      1. Word.

      2. “couldn’t make editor”

        1. Yes, that means they couldn’t achieve the level of editor.

          Sorry your gotcha failed.

      3. >>>type with their feet

        yes

    2. Its just his way of relating to teh milenials.

  3. “More than 70 percent of Americans think pharmaceutical companies should cover the costs associated with opioid addiction and overdoses, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. And 57 percent say these companies should be forced to pay in some unspecified and undirected way as punishment.”

    It’s heartening to see that as much as 30% of the American people are still committed to fairness and rationality despite biased polling questions.

    Now, let’s see how many Americans think the oil companies should give Americans free electric sports cars.

    1. If we cannot punish the pharmaceutical companies for feeding our addictions then they would then be our fault and responsibility, and that cannot be right.

      1. No politician, not even libertarian politicians like Rand Paul or Ron Paul, will ever point to the people who are really responsible for our problems.

        If a politician ever won after campaigning on the idea that the real solution to our problems is average Americans taking responsibility for their own lives, we’d already be in Libertopia.

        1. Which means we are fighting a long defeat.

          1. If you can call it fighting.

            Looks more like just laying there getting stomped in the face and complaining about who is wearing the boot.

          2. The solution probably isn’t political. We need to change people’s values. It’s a moral crusade, but it’s moral in terms of things like a work ethic.

            There isn’t a political solution to people who refuse to take responsibility for their own lives like there isn’t a political solution to racism. There’s no getting around persuasion.

            Jesus started with an aversion to politics, no mass media, and 12 guys–one of whom was a traitor. No reason we can’t be as successful as he was in disseminating his ideas and getting people to believe in them.

            1. We need a Paul in other words. /snicker

            2. Tight. Who wants to be the dude that gets crucified?

              1. 1 … 2 … 3 … not it!

                1. finger on nose.

    2. THIS JUST IN: Majority of Americans polled want someone else to pay for the things they want. Details at 11.

    3. Decades of demonizing drug companies are finally going to pay off.

      1. Drug companies will do just fine. They have powerful lobbies and are a huge source of campaign contributions.

  4. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign…

    Well wishes are always welcome.

    1. I never thought Trump could be that subtle with an insult.

    2. That was a perfect troll for Biden. He has a very long history of bragging about his intelligence and can get very prickly when his exaggerations are questioned.

      Even funnier since Trump pulled a Biden that time talking about how super-double smart he was.

      1. Sounds like Brian Williams.

  5. To suggest anyone who engages with or challenges statistics is part of that horrible group is to shut down all possibility of civil debate.

    The alt-right effing loves science.

  6. A podcast contrarian weighs in.

    what’s next, breathing isn’t all its cracked up to be?

    1. Breathing is essential and can be pleasant. Podcasts are able to be neither. I’d say the “contrarian” has the description quite correct — recorded conversations you can eavesdrop on.

  7. How the U.S. Navy learned to stop worrying and embrace UFOs.

    “Take me to your anal probe chamber or lose me forever.”

  8. “I will have a woman running mate,”

    i’m with her because she’s with him

    1. As long as does not pick one out list in a binder.

    2. The only reason i voted for McCain was because of Palin

    3. IOW, he has a quota to fill.

  9. Prisoners around the country are striking over atrocious food.

    Don’t they know that sheriffs get to pocket the difference?

    1. Are they serving lobster again??

  10. “Prisoners around the country are striking over atrocious food. Madison Pauly at Mother Jones looks at the benefits of serving prisoners more nutritious meals.”

    Edible food is one thing, but the progressive / libertarian alliance needs to prioritize ensuring people behind bars can vote.

    #LibertariansForTsarnaevsRightToVote

    1. And we need at least a dozen prisons to achieve one star Michelin ratings!

  11. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that as president, she would pardon some federal drug offenders.

    let’s see trump do that

  12. …dare I say Trump-like?

    Plagiarism!

  13. “I am preoccupied with the seemingly random (dare I say Trump-like?) punctuation in his announcement:”

    Biden will likely appeal to the white, blue collar workers in the rust belt who put Trump in the White House in 2016. He’ll likely have the endorsement of their unions, as well. Biden is the Democrats last, best chance at convincing white, blue collar America that the Democratic Party doesn’t really hate them–which is why the social justice warriors who run the Democratic Party will all come out against Biden. After all, what’s the point of being a social justice warrior if you can’t hate the white, blue collar, middle class? Middle America should be hated. That’s what being a Democrat is all about.

    1. I think Biden could have achieved that in 2016, but I’m not so sure in 2020. Trump has delivered on improving the economy in those areas, while Biden could easily be portrayed as a reversion to the Obama years where things went to shit. And Biden has already demonstrated a willingness to cave to the social justice mobs – look at his retraction on Mike Pence being a decent guy or his pathetic, groveling apology for being a creepster.

      1. He’s their last, best chance. I’m not sure he can do it either or that the other SJW Democrats will let him.

        Still, the same demographic from the same areas (white, blue collar, middle class, rust belt) broke for Reagan in ’80 and ’84 for the same reason Trump Democrats did in 2016–only to return to the fold in 1992 and thereafter.

        If Biden wins the nomination, he could be the reason the Midwest goes blue again, like Clinton did 1992. I’m not sure he can win the nomination. The nomination is about getting the support of radicals in closed primary states and + the super delegates and donors who are likewise radical. If Biden steadily get 30% of the polls, that means 70% of Democrats are voting for a radical. In closed primary states, that might not cut it–after the field has slimmed down ahead of Super Tuesday.

        1. There’s another demographic issue – people fleeing California and New York are populating these areas.

          States like Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc. don’t have to import too many people to flip to (D). Pennsylvania was probably a fluke, and it has to have gotten more (D) over the last 4 years.

          1. Meh. We’ve been hearing that about those states for 20 years.

      2. The other problem for Biden is that he is by far the biggest phony in a political landscape full of them. The country is sick to death of irony and cynicism and craves honest beliefs. That is half the reason Sanders does so well. He may be a crazy, hateful bastard, but he does actually mean what he says. Biden doens’t mean a word of what he says and it is obvious.

        1. So the american people like people who say what they mean? Is that right? Are you sure?

          1. Yes. They do. They crave authenticity. That is why Trump won and that is why Sanders does so well.

            1. Hah, whatever you say. What a troll.

              1. You are an idiot. Seriously, stop steeling other people’s air.

      3. He apologized to Anita Hill too. She declined the apology. But she let him sniff her hair. The pubic one on the coke can.

    2. Yeah, Biden sure is great at appealing to white, blue collar, middle class workers when he gives speeches blaming “white man’s culture” for sexual assaults. The one true way to earn white middle class votes is to associate everything they stand for with the sexual assault of women.

      Smh. If you think Biden is Democrat’s best chance in this field, you’re mistaken. Sanders is the only real threat to Trump in 2020. MAYBE Buttigeig.

      1. Yeah, Biden sure is great at appealing to white, blue collar, middle class workers when he gives speeches blaming “white man’s culture” for his sexual assaults. The one true way to earn white middle class votes is to associate everything they stand for with Joe Biden’s sexual assault of women.

        FTFY

  14. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that as president, she would pardon some federal drug offenders.

    Just so she could get the thrill of arresting them again.

  15. Richard Bloom, the Democratic California assemblyman who’s been pushing for a statewide tax on sugary beverages,

    i hope he tries, and fails, for alcohol next so i can say that the bloom is off the rosé.

  16. I hate hockey. I never want to watch it again. It’s a stupid sport. I wish I’d never played it.

    1. At least you got a Cup out of this group.

    2. Hockey is indeed stupid.

      You know what’s not? The birthplace of the constitution

      GO SIXERS

      1. The NBA?

        Hockey may have its faults, but at least it is not a high school soap opera.

    3. Were you also up until 11:30PM just to watch the Caps lose in double OT? Wasted 4 hours of my life.

    4. >>>I wish I’d never played it.

      c’mon now we know you don’t mean this.

  17. I do think Joe Biden is the democrat with the best chance of beating trump. Not to say I agree with anything he says. This will be the first time two old white dudes fight for the presidency since 2004, blast from the past.

    1. I don’t get this logic. I think that Midwestern, white, blue collar workers are going to associate Biden as Obama 2.0. I also think Biden giving speeches associating sexual assault with “white man’s culture” has already killed his chances to win a general election contest. If Biden wins the primary, it will reduce Democrat turn out among Bernie supporters.

      1. I also think Biden giving speeches associating sexual assault with “white man’s culture”
        I think you may be right about the Obama association being a problem for Biden, but I think the sexual assault stuff is just noise at this point to most people.

        1. Its not Biden’s alleged sexual assaults that I think will be an issue. It’s his blaming “white man’s culture” that will get him in trouble.

          He’s essentially shifting blame for his individual improprieties onto all white men. I think I will stand with a lot of Midwesterners in saying “FUCK YOU” to Joe Biden for this.

  18. I will have a woman running mate…

    Booker’s going to have more beards than a Williamsburgh bar.

    1. Dammit, this browser tricked me into spelling Williamsburg wrong.

      1. towns against the letter H!

        ~~Pittsburg, Kansas

  19. pushes back on the idea that pushing back on bad gender-wage gap statistics makes her part of the “alt-right”:

    i’m all fuhrering her out

    1. Record-low poverty rate among Hispanics is all just because TrumPutintler deported and/or did away with all the poors, amirite?

    2. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at a new record highs just two days ago.

      I’m just sayin’.

      1. Well even if that’s true, Obama deserves the credit.

        Is Palin’s Buttplug around today? He explains it better than I can.

  20. “”•”I will have a woman running mate,” says senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker yesterday.””

    To bad Phyllis Diller isn’t still alive. She would make a great one.

  21. How the U.S. Navy learned to stop worrying and embrace UFOs.

    Art Bell died and they still kept showing up, so there must be something to those things.

    1. funny.

  22. “is our job to be a warm bath and an ideological safe space for people who we think are our readers? Or is it our job to show them the scope of opinions, legitimate opinions, that people all over this country have?”

    The people who you know are your readers don’t like to be challenged.

    1. Indeed. They can’t even, and they’re literally shaking.

  23. Just in case anyone was still wondering, sowing doubt about the integrity of our elections, even before they occur, is no longer dangerous or a threat to the fabric of or democracy but toats cool:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/impeachment-trump-mueller-report-phil-kadner/

  24. I’ve been saying for months Tulsi Gabbard is awful. The Women’s March explains her terrible messaging:

    @TulsiGabbard didn’t mention “women of color” once while answering a question about why women of color should vote for her

    She should be ashamed of herself. She’s practically a member of the alt-right.

    1. She’s basically Trump

    2. “women of color” are basically robots, they can’t know you’re even talking to them unless you follow their voice command protocols

  25. The SJW feminists have fully embraced the logic of guilt by association. Facts cannot be right if people who hold positions we hate would use them.

    1. The SJW have fully embraced the logic of guilt by association.

    2. When did y’all stop calling them “Femi-Nazis” and start calling them “SJW feminists”?

  26. Here’s a list of Democratic leading Democrat candidates that Axios lists as either supporters of or co-sponsors of the Green New Deal, according to their public statements:

    Cory Booker
    Kristin Gillibrand
    Kamala Harris
    Beto O’Rourke
    Bernie Sanders
    Elizabeth Warren

    https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-candidates-green-new-deal-22faff60-3fee-45f3-8636-09e437c82431.html

    Bill Weld says it’s too expensive, so he favors simply rejoining the Paris Accords.

    Trump called the Green New Deal a, “roadmap to destroy the American economy”.

    So far, Trump wins.

    My only question is whether Biden supports or opposes the Green New Deal, with an eye to whether he would veto the legislation if it came across his desk as president. Otherwise, there isn’t a single Democrat that matters–if they fail the Green New Deal test. That’s all there is to it for me.

    1. I’m surprised you’re acting like nothing happened.

      Boy did the Caps look and play like shit in the last 10 m and into OT.

      All the favourites have been slain.

      Full credit to the ‘Canes. Justin Williams, next to Claude Lemieux, is the greatest Game 7 player in NHL history. WTF? Dude seems to be in on the biggest goals.

      1. The Caps played like shit through most of that series. Elimination was deserved. Glad Pitt is out, too.

    2. The Green New Deal is politically problematic for Democrats running for president. It’s good branding, invoking FDR and the environment, but the proposals associated with it are variously authoritarian, economical suicide, or actually impossible.

      1. If the Drug War has taught me anything, it’s that there’s no policy so authoritarian, so futile, so expensive, and so destructive that the government won’t implement and support it for 40 years.

        The only question is whether the American people will vote for it initially and how far the Democrats are willing to go to enforce it after theoretical sacrifices turn into price signals and the American people rebel.

        1. Actually, all of that has been debunked. Long debunked, I think is the turn of phrase.

          I actually heard a pundit excoriating someone for saying that AOC wanted to eliminate airliners. Totally fabricated, they say. This, despite my hearing it in her own voice and reading it on her own website.

          It is debunked. This is known.

      2. I like it when they invoke FDR. I get to remind them that he locked up more citizens due to their ancestry than Trump could ever do, and without any due process by EO.

    3. “Bill Weld says it’s too expensive, so he favors simply rejoining the Paris Accords.”

      Do you mean the treaty that was never submitted to the Senate for ratification? Not that I need another reason to oppose Weld.

  27. More than 70 percent of Americans think pharmaceutical companies should cover the costs associated with opioid addiction and overdoses,

    Well I certainly don’t want to be stuck with the bill.

  28. It’s the lack of options for safe drug use and detox that aren’t working.

    Knock it off, the government shouldn’t be doing that either.

  29. As a classical liberal there is nothing I hate more than

    people not having the slightest clue what classical liberal really means.

    1. Yeh not sure what her definition of it is.

      1. “Someone the progs hate but is not alt-right.”

  30. Thanks to the indefatigable work of Judicial Watch, the walls are closing in on Block Insane Yomomma and his evil, Nixonian deeds (which is why I call him the Negro Nixon. We’re finally starting to uncover the truth of Operation Crossfire Hurricane!

    1. Judging by his Tweets, he doesn’t seem worried.
      I wouldn’t.
      Though he has kept out of the limelight. But his wife has taken the mantle. Saying stupid things as proper with her.

      1. Obama has nothing to worry about. This country will never go into the business of throwing former Presidents in jail. The people who work for Obama, however, have a lot to be worried about.

        1. Which really makes me wonder why and who in the world would take a fall for the Obamas? Or the Clintons for that matter?

          1. I don’t know. But never underestimate these people’s fanatcism.

            1. I guess. But how low is your esteem to do that? Sheeesh.

              I took one for….Barry ‘Easter Worshipper’ Obama!

        2. “”This country will never go into the business of throwing former Presidents in jail.”‘

          The impeach Trump and then throw him in jail crowd disagrees.

          However, I don’t think they are going to get their way.

          1. Yeah, there’s reams of paper filled with opinion pieces about how Trump is going to be indicted by state prosecutors in NY and sent to jail, either now or after he leaves office.

            1. There are a little more than opinion pieces involved. NY is taking action. How far it will go, I don’t know. But I don’t think it will play out as they expect.

            2. It will never happen. And the reason for that is that once you go down that road, you can do the same thing to Democratic Presidents.

              It is all bluff and bullshit.

              1. We went down the road of completely politically motivated prosecutions by local prosecutors with the Majority Leader of the Senate. POTUS is another level, but they’ve proven to be immune to “what goes around comes around” logic.

              2. Investigations are proceeding, it’s not a bluff.

                Whether or not it leads to anything is a different story.

                1. Investigations are not indictments. It could very well still be a bluff.

              3. Hell, they won’t even throw Hillary into jail. Prison is for the little people.

  31. “Here come the IPOs and here comes a proposal to tax them in San Francisco”
    […]
    “A lot of San Francisco companies are preparing to go public, and one city supervisor wants to tax them to offset the “negative impacts” that the sudden injection of wealth is expected to have on the city….”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Here-come-the-IPO-s-and-here-comes-a-proposal-13790280.php

    We all hate the ‘negative impacts” of wealth, right?

    1. “A lot of San Francisco companies are preparing to go public, and one city supervisor wants to tax them to offset the “negative impacts” that the sudden injection of wealth is expected to have on the city”

      Abusive relationships rarely get better over time, and there are a lot of other fish in the sea:

      Austin, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, . . .

      1. It wouldn’t be a surprise if there were share-holder law-suits regarding the fiduciary duties of the boards, siting the companies in high-tax locations.

      2. Austin smells terrible.

    2. Right? Think of all the tax increases.

    3. I would certainly miss the feces-strewn sidewalks that wealth and jobs might wipe away.

  32. “In push for 2020 election security, top official was warned: Don’t tell Trump”
    […]
    “WASHINGTON — In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election.
    President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president….”
    https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/In-push-for-2020-election-security-top-official-13792708.php

    See??? See??? That PROVES he’s guilty of, uh being tired of listening to whiny losers…

  33. “What’s behind a new climate surcharge coming to your restaurant bill in California”
    […]
    “Some California restaurants will put another surcharge on their bills later this year — but this time, it won’t be for service or employee benefits. It will be to fight climate change….”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/What-s-behind-a-new-surcharge-coming-to-your-13792350.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    Hoping they make public announcements so I can never patronize ‘some California restaurants’.

    1. Exactly how does “give me more money” fight climate change?

      1. It’s the SJW version of doing penance to atone for your sins. It makes you clean again.

  34. “Tesla loses $700 million after two profitable quarters”
    […]
    “Model 3 production gained slightly, but output of the Model S and X fell sharply, bringing overall deliveries down 31 percent….”
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tesla-earnings-fall-to-loss-of-700-million-after-two-profitable-quarters/

    Can’t find it right now, but I’m pretty sure the subsidies we’ve all been paying to the folks who like to signal their ‘goodiness’ by buying the things were cut. Not all the way, but by some amount.
    Maybe one day we won’t be putting our money in Musk’s pocket, and we can see if he can actually run a company.

  35. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/328708/
    Typical pay of oil refinery workers nears $200,000 a year.

    Remember, if it were up to the Democrats, none of those jobs would exist. Every time they talk about the “evil oil companies” they are saying they want all of these people to lose their jobs.

      1. That is right. I am just a shill for people being able to make an honest living.

        1. That’s racist against people who are not able to make an honest living. And who could, in this economy?

  36. http://spectator.us/joe-biden-obama-without-hope/

    Biden’s defects are more obvious than any rationale for his candidacy. His 1988 campaign self-destructed over revelations of plagiarism. His record as a senator is nothing progressives can celebrate — he let them down in the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, sponsored the hardline 1994 Crime Bill, and voted for the Iraq War. Biden is meant to be charming, but he never succeeded in charming national voters in 1988 or 2008, and the charm he’s exhibited with any woman he’s been able to lay hands on is more than a little unseemly in the post-Weinstein era. The usual retort of Biden’s defenders, ‘But Trump said grab ’em by the pussy!’, misses the point completely: do you want a candidate who draws the sharpest possible contrast with Trump, or do you want one who has to spend time apologizing for the kind of thing that Trump gets away with? Biden’s line will have to be, ‘I’m guilty, but not as guilty…’ and Trump’s will be, ‘I’m not the one with a guilty conscience.’ Trump will, of course, have a field day playing with things Biden has said and supported where crime is concerned, too.

    Brutal

    1. Imagine if we’d find out ENB was plagiarizing the links!

      I’d faint and then binge on sour cherry jam.

  37. Understanding data isn’t racist.

    Is this where we’re supposed to say 13/50 honk honk?

  38. From NPRs story.

    Support is even higher — more than 70% — for making drug companies pay the cost of addiction treatment services and cover the cost of the drug naloxone, used to revive people who’ve overdosed.

    Looking at the study, they asked the question:

    Pharmaceutical companies producing opioids should be held responsible for making opioid abuse worse

    The breakout is as thus:

    28%: Strongly agree
    29%: Somewhat agree
    19%: Somewhat disagree.
    10%: Strongly disagree
    15%: Don’t know

    I think NPR is pushing a few too many chips to the center of the table on this conclusion.

    28% strongly agree that the pharmaceutical companies should be “held responsible”. The question doesn’t ask anything about “paying the cost”. Paying the cost is merely something one might infer from what “held responsible” means.

    29% “somewhat agree” meaning that their threshold for “held responsible” is lower than the 28% who strongly agree. Again, no clear definition on what “held responsible” means.

    1. National Progressive Radio

      1. I haven’t read the whole article word-for-word, but based on a quick scan and view of the study itself, I don’t see how they pulled “over 70%” want the drug companies to “pay for the costs of [specific items]”

        Maybe there was another question not shown in the graphic. These seems to be pushing the narrative though.

        1. If you had the time, you could have an entire website devoted to correcting the spin in NPR stories.

  39. “I will have a woman running mate,” says senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker yesterday. “To me it’s really clear that we do that.”

    So he promises to be full on sexist in his hiring practices?
    And that is a good thing?
    And has he explained exactly how is is going to be sure the woman is a woman? There is a real question for the ‘debates’.
    Slightly off topic, but I use the debate segue; will anyone ask the Democratic candidates if they are willing to accept the results of the election?

    1. So basically he plans to have a token.

  40. >>>”I will have a woman running mate,” says senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker yesterday.

    *somebody’s* gonna have to wear the pants.

  41. […] Americans Wants Drug Companies to Pay for Opioid Addiction and Deaths: Reason Roundup  Reason […]

  42. Well the mainstream media has been pushing the story that producers should be punished for making opioids so it’s no surprise that people just throw back what they’ve been seeing and hearing. It’s called propaganda and in the U.S. as in most countries it’s very effective.

  43. While we’re on the subject of Pharma companies, I have to recommend this article on the monopolies in health care and other reasons for our runaway healthcare costs in the U.S.

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/medicare-for-all-and-the-myth-of-free-markets

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