In an attempt to address the drug-pricing crisis that has ruined so many lives, Nevada recently passed a law requiring transparency from all players in the secretive world of pharmaceuticals. An intensive door-to-door campaign in support of the insulin pricing bill by the Culinary Workers Union was instrumental in defeating Big Pharma's deep pockets and offers a way forward in the fight for drug pricing reform.
When compared with wealthy Western European countries, health care in the US is often found lacking, but how does it compare to systems in poorer countries such as Guinea or Liberia? Many in the US suffer from a comparable lack of access to facilities and exorbitant drug pricing, despite the US spending more on health care than any other country.
Capitalism places people at the service of the economy, whereas the economy of an ecological society orients production and consumption toward the health and well-being of both humans and the broader environment, says plant and soil science professor Fred Magdoff, co-author of Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.