After July 4th, our eyes once again turn to House Republicans. According to the New York Times, “[Speaker Boehner] can let House Republicans and Democrats come together to pass a good bill. This would infuriate the hotheads in his caucus... Or he can stand back and let his party kill reform.”
Lloyd Doggett continues to represent what is good for Texas and the country. I’m proud that he did not vote for the bailout. He is a champion of the honest, working, everyday folks.
I want to thank Congressman Doggett for his strong support of health insurance reform. Because of the reforms enacted this year, our 2 year old daughter with a serious genetic condition can no longer be denied the right to quality healthcare coverage.
Congressman Doggett had the courage to support health care reform because he really understands how easy it is to lose your coverage and how unworkable the system has been in recent decades. He’s always stood up for the interests of individuals, families and small businesses. I’m very proud of his statesmanlike approach to government service and his political intelligence in getting things done.
“I am a life long Austin Democrat and am so very proud to have Congressman Lloyd Doggett as my representative in Congress. I moved from the 10th District when it was created as I did not want that Congressman to say he was speaking for me. I totally support Lloyd Doggett for US Congress.”
Sandra Bernal, Austin,
August 1, 2010
“I can plainly see that there are not enough resources for the teachers or the students here in Austin. We need Perry to stop putting his politics in front of our children’s education and properly fund our schools so our children can get the education they deserve. I want to thank U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, for standing up for the teachers and children of our great state.”
Robert Stephenson, Austin American-Statesman, Letter to the Editor, July 11, 2010
“I was so encouraged when Congress and the President recently enacted a financial reform act. In fact, I was very pleased to read about Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s strong support for these efforts in his recent piece in the Daily Record.”
Jon Leonard, San Marcos Daily Record, Letter to the Editor, July 20, 2010
“In addition to listening to the public, he goes to bat for requests from the cities, procuring government funds to assist in the Smithville Post Office upgrade and assisting in the move of the Bastrop Historical Society to a larger museum. I don’t accept ‘do nothing’ as a solution and I am glad Congressman Doggett doesn’t either.”
Anne Beck, Bastrop Advertiser
Letter to the Editor, October 24, 2009
“The constituents of the 25th District will always take top priority with Lloyd Doggett and he continues the hard work and dedication that have been the hallmarks of his years as a Congressman. The voters of Colorado County will not be disappointed.”
Mark Warner, Colorado County Citizen
Letter to the Editor, January 6, 2010
“I strongly support the efforts of Congressman Lloyd Doggett to respond to the problems women encounter.”
Carrie F. Knox, Bastrop Advertiser
Letter to the Editor, November 6, 2009
“For [Lloyd Doggett’s] unwavering concern for humanity, we thank him immensely.”
Chelsea Brass, Austin American-Statesman
Letter to the Editor, July 6, 2009
Texas Public Radio By PAUL FLAHIVE • DEC 15, 2015
The big story, the one that made news directors perk up their ears, made congressmen call hearings, and made jaws drop across the country was the story about a 62 year-old drug – a senior citizen of a drug – called Daraprim that overnight went from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet. A 5000% increase for no other reason than a company called Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the drug and raised the price because it could. The drug is used to treat malaria, HIV, and other infections.
Overnight the story of the cost surges in drugs was no longer about new drugs, but about all drugs, even old ones. A long known problem with drug pricing practices had coalesced around a single action.
The murky world of drug pricing lacks transparency and according to Congressman Lloyd Doggett it lacks many elements of what make up a free market.
“The problem is we don’t have a free market, we have a monopoly market,” says Doggett. “What we need is more competition and more information for consumers.”
The congressman has launched a task force to investigate the high prices, something that the U.S. Senate has also done. These kinds of investigations can often shed some light how decisions are made and how an industry is run.
Congressional investigations and hearings are nothing new to the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, 50 years ago a Kentucky Democrat named Estes Kefauver held several hearings that had incredible impact says Medical historian Jeremy Greene.
“It was really an amazing and eye-opening investigation. He used the power of the subpoena to bring executives of pharmaceutical companies as well as the head of the AMA and FDA and the U.S. patent and trademark office into the congressional hearings,” says Greene. “Previously obscure pricing and marketing practices of the industry became visible to the American people to then act upon.”
What can we do today to reign in drug costs?
By Bill Lambrecht, Washington Bureau
December 6, 2015