- April 26, 2018 - Issue 739 Cover Story: How Capitalism Is Killing Us!
- The Invisible Woman - By Sharon Kyle, JD, BC Editorial Board
April 26, 2018 - Issue 739
How Capitalism Is Killing Us!
"Most of us would consider it immoral or
even criminal to withhold a life-saving drug
merely to extract a profit. So why do
American taxpayers support this practice?
should be a no-brainer: If you had access to a drug that treated a
potentially fatal disease and knew someone who didn’t have
access but desperately needed that drug, you’d help them
out—right? It would seem unimaginable to do otherwise, unless
perhaps you needed it yourself. Most of us would consider it immoral
or even criminal to withhold a life-saving drug merely to extract a
profit. So why do American taxpayers support this practice? That’s
right, we support this shameful behavior by subsidizing the
taxpayers often foot the bill for the discovery and development of
new drugs, yet the lion’s share of the profits gleaned from
those new drugs are reaped by private pharmaceutical companies.
many cases, the very Americans
whose tax dollars
contributed to the development of a drug are themselves unable to get
that very same drug when they need it because it’s too
expensive. This is partly due to Big Pharma’s drive to maximize
bad as this is, it’s even worse when you consider that even
people with healthcare insurance are being priced out of the market.
In a piece entitled, “Americans
Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Medicine”,
independent journalist April M. Short reported on the case of a
38-year-old teacher and mom who had healthcare insurance but still
couldn’t afford some prescription drugs. She came down with the
flu and found that the medication her doctor prescribed came with a
$116 co-pay. She didn’t have the money—so she died!
all over this country are facing this—even the insured.
Thousands of Americans are dying because the price of medication puts
it out of their reach. And get this, much of it is manufactured right
here in the United States but sold in other countries at affordable
the hell are we not standing together and saying, enough is enough?
Have we all been brainwashed to bow at the altar of profit? Is death
itself preferable to questioning our predatory capitalist economic
thank goodness, there is a growing minority of people right here in
the United States that are saying, “Hell No” to these
questions. I’m one of them.
You can find out why we have
reason to be hopeful that we can change this system. For several
years, the LA Progressive worked with with co-host Occidental
College to bring Professor Richard Wolff to
Southern California for an evening with a bunch of like-minded
individuals to explore ways to turn this ship around.
April 23 professor
Richard Wolff talked about Capitalism Under Trump at
College in Los Angeles.
you have no idea who Richard Wolff is, check out the video below.
know that a lot of you want things to change in this country. But you
also know that things will not change as long as the masses continue
to be over entertained and under-informed. The
mission of LA
Progressive and BC is to be a trusted source of information for
people who care about this idea called democracy in the struggle for economic justice, social justice and peace.
BlackCommentator.comEditorial Board member and Columnist,Sharon Kyle, JD, is the Co-Founder and Publisher of theLA Progressivean
online social justice magazine. With her husband Dick, she publishes
several other print and online newsletters on political and social
justice issues. In addition to her work with the LA Progressive, Ms.
Kyle holds aJurisDoctorate,
is an adjunct professor at Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles, and
sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and the
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party.Clickhereto contact the LA Progressive and Ms. Kyle.