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Tue Nov 24, 2015, 12:26 PM

O'Malley unveils healthcare plan.

'Vowing to crack down on the nation’s pharmaceutical industry while expanding coverage to 95 percent of all people, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Tuesday laid out his healthcare plan.

The former Maryland governor pledged to protect poorer Americans by tackling drug “price gouging,” rising deductibles and healthcare mergers in a platform that largely resembles his Democratic presidential rivals.

"We should be proud that America leads the world in developing life-saving cures, but the world’s drug innovation should not be subsidized on the backs of the sickest patients in the United States," O'Malley wrote in his plan, released publicly Tuesday morning.

While he said companies should be able to make a "reasonable rate of return" on their research dollars, he said those companies should not set prices to "extract every possible dollar from the rest of the economy."

O'Malley is hardening his stance against the for-profit healthcare industry at a time when steep drug price hikes and massive mergers are grabbing headlines nationally — making the price of day-to-day healthcare costs a top issue in the 2016 election.

Like candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), O’Malley would use the government’s purchase power to negotiate drug costs and repeal the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost plans.

Each of the Democratic candidates, including O’Malley, say their plan would build off progress of the still-controversial Affordable Care Act.

Still, O’Malley’s 10-page healthcare plan is the lengthiest to date, with promises ranging from more funding for the National Institutes of Health and eliminating lead poisoning to expanded access to clinical trial data and integrating behavioral healthcare into the traditional system.

He would also expand healthcare coverage to 95 percent of people — up from about 88 percent currently — by 2020, in part by offering a pathway to Medicaid for new immigrants by eliminating waiting periods.'


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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 02:14 PM

1. I've been waiting for this plan. I'll have to sit down and do a comparison of the 3 plans now.

I think O'Malley clearly has the most achievable plan that addresses a lot of issues missing in Hillary's plan. Very impressed with the thought that went into this plan.

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Response to askew (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 05:58 PM

2. Hitting the road shortly, askew,

after having been out much of the day. Hope to study it later.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 10:34 PM

3. Wow, I love this plan

This is literally exactly what I have been advocating for about two years now.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 10:45 PM

4. Great to hear that, Recursion!

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