Sticker Shock: When @Walgreens in Texas wants to charge me $300 for a prescription that my direct primary care doctor in Maine could give me directly for $5.
When people see these exorbitant prices in healthcare, remember that government is the dam blocking choice and competition from flowing freely through the marketplace for the benefit of a privileged few corporate actors.
The reason I can’t get my prescription for $5 directly from the prescribing physician in Texas is a state law that prohibits me from doing so.
Today, I delivered testimony before the Maine Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee in favor of Representative Heidi Sampson's Defend the Guard legislation:
Senator Luccini, Representative Ciazzo, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, I am Eric Brakey, former Maine Senator from Androscoggin County, and I am before you today to testify in favor of LD 1285, Defend the Guard.
Do you remember where were you twenty years ago when the first Maine boots hit the ground in Afghanistan?
While I may be a younger citizen than most on this committee, I am old enough to remember the start of that war and the justification for it.
Why do we fight wars for Saudi Arabia — in Yemen, Libya and Syria?
Why do we sell Saudi Arabia weapons?
Why do we ignore Saudi financing of 9/11?
Why do we stand by as the Saudi prince murders journalists?
...Because they have us over a barrel (of oil).
The “petrodollar” is an arrangement whereby Saudia Arabia only accepts US dollars in payment for oil.
This boosts international demand for the dollar, empowering the Federal Reserve to print trillions financing our national debt without significant price inflation.
If Saudi Arabia were to end the petrodollar, the US dollar’s status as the world reserve currency would be threatened — and our ability to finance our global empire would be threatened as well.
The Mueller Investigation, enabled by the national corporate press, was a clear attempt by members of the Washington elite to gaslight the American public with a false narrative — and it worked.
Why did they wait until after the 2018 midterms to reveal that there was no evidence of Russian collusion?
Why was @RepAdamSchiff allowed to lie to the American public ahead of the elections, telling us all there was secret hard evidence of collusion?
The Mueller Investigation may have failed to prove “Russian Collusion,” but it succeeded in its real goal — blowing enough smoke to create the illusion of fire, sweeping Democrats into a majority in the House and setting the stage for a partisan, baseless impeachment.