Consider your own myopia
Re: “Biden Shortsighted — From border crisis to inflation, he should know what’s ahead,” June 11 Editorials
Let’s look at each of these criticisms of President Joe Biden lacking foresight:
1. As to the crisis at the border, name me one president in the last five decades who had the foresight to effectively deal with immigrants and refugees at our southern border. Many Democratic Congress members and even President George W. Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform, and many through the years have advocated for policies to get to the root of the problems Central America has with poverty and governmental corruption. And yet, here we are, with a crisis that won’t go away. That’s not on Biden.
2. Bush signed an agreement with Iraq for the U.S. to leave and President Barack Obama honored that agreement. Former President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban to leave Afghanistan and Biden is honoring it. Are you suggesting that the U.S. should not keep its promises?
3. So now we have inflation tied to an economy recovering from a devastating pandemic while our president is trying to help the needy among us who are suffering the most. Inflation is the least of our problems.
Perhaps the myopia to which you refer is on the part of The Dallas Morning News editorial board.
Michael Anthony, Carrollton
Medicare could save billions
Re: “Dems want to curb drug prices but are debating — Helping patients while not hindering industry takes delicate operation,” Sunday news story.
My doctor has prescribed Sunosi to treat daytime sleepiness resulting from severe obstructive sleep apnea. Clinical studies have shown it is more effective than either of the two drugs currently prescribed for that condition. Jazz Pharmaceuticals offers to any person, with one exception, a coupon to purchase the drug at a cost of $9 monthly, until the end of this year. The exception is any patient insured by Medicare Part D because federal law bars patients from receiving such benefits.
Commercially insured patients and patients whose insurance is through Medicaid, Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense will pay $65 monthly next year (absent new coupon offers) because those agencies are allowed to negotiate prices. My price for one month of the drug, which is not on my insurer’s formulary, is $700.
The model for negotiated drug prices already exists in three major government agencies. The drug lobby is prepared, if history is a guide, for another successful full-scale attack on any proposal to allow for Medicare negotiating drug prices. Many billions in savings for Medicare are lost while, as this article shows, Congress fails to use the solution already available to the VA, the DOD and Medicaid.
Richard Shlakman, Plano
Ways to reduce drug prices
I worked for over 40 years as a bedside nurse. While insured, I could afford my Tecfidera. As soon as I retired, the very drug that helped keep me well enough to work became unaffordable, even with a supplemental drug plan. I have suggestions to control drug costs, especially specialty drugs.
First, stop paying celebrities to endorse medications. Second, stop advertising drugs on TV. It must be costly and many of these drugs come with warnings up to and including risk of death. Cigarettes were banned from advertising because of their link to health. Why don’t deadly drugs fall under the same umbrella? Do physicians really want lay people coming in seeking drugs touted on TV?
Third, limit the time for holding patents so those who might be able to afford generics have access to them. Last, don’t put a price on a life.
Cynthia Stock, Garland
Texas? I can’t go there
In years past, I cherished visiting Texas. My family often spent time with my parents at their retirement getaway in the Hill Country. Sadly, I will not visit again until Texans returns to sanity and votes out the elected officials who so clearly disregard public health and abandon democracy.
Insanity is allowing people to carry a handgun without a license with no requirements for training on how to use it. I’d fear for my life visiting Texas today.
Closing shelters for migrant children while banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy? It’s OK to cause grievous harm to children traveling here from terrible circumstances by denying them shelter but not OK for a woman to control her body and her health by terminating a pregnancy that may put her at medical risk?
And then there is Texas Republicans’ disdain for democracy: making it difficult to vote on Sunday or to provide van rides to the polls, reducing early voting opportunities, making it harder to vote absentee and eliminating drive-through voting but making it easier to claim fraud. Wow.
I hope my goodbye to Texas is temporary but I am not holding my breath.
Marsha Lea, Washington, D.C.
Of course it’s about money
Re: “CFP considers 12-team field — Expansion from four schools could arrive as soon as 2023 season,” by Chuck Carlton, Friday SportsDay column.
I couldn’t help but chuckle when reading how the College Football Playoff is considering expanding from four schools to 12. To quote CFP executive director Bill Hancock, “This proposal at its heart was created to provide more participation for more players and more schools. In a nutshell, that is the working group’s message: more participation.”
Duh! Just how dense do they think we are? Increased revenue from more ticket sales, proud alumni digging deeper into their pockets and, always the elephant in the room, TV money are only secondary considerations. We all know it’s the money. Just admit it and we’ll probably be OK with it.
Ted M. Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow
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