Government must be viewed as helpful – New York News

 


A July 6 letter from Frank Elfland noted that one pharmacy tried to charge him 18 times as much as another for a 30-day medication supply. Similar events occur every day in the United States and have for years. Let’s be honest: Some businesses are predators. Access to medications can be a matter of life or death. It’s unacceptable that Congress (both parties) allows this robbery to occur.

Mr. Elfland said he wished Congress would “assign competent people to examine and evaluate needs of the nation and recommend effective solutions.” I think most readers agree.

One problem with his suggestion is that for decades, many corporate and elected leaders, especially Republicans, have been telling us that government can’t solve many of our problems. In his Inaugural Address in 1981, President Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

A leading Republican Party strategist, Grover Norquist, famously wrote, “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

Speaking at a recent Conservative Political Action Caucus, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, said Trump’s cabinet picks will lead a “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Who benefits from the weakening of regulatory agencies — citizens or powerful corporations? How can we as a nation put effective price controls on medications if government is strangled? Who besides government has the ability to regulate drug prices?

Voters should elect representatives who…

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