Watch: Is Montel Williams a Shill for Big Pharma, Or Just an idiot?

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by Mark Angelides
In a recent interview with CNN’s Newsroom with Brook Baldwin, Montel Williams took the opportunity to express how angry he feels about the new Health Care Act. And while debate from every side should be present in the formulation of legislation, his comments suggest that he is either willfully ignoring the acts, or is perhaps just ignorant.
In the opening lines he says:
“They (the Republicans) want to go back and see if they can find a less expensive medication; well the bottom line is There Is No Less Expensive Medication”. And then goes on to say that they are suggesting that he comes of his medication. He goes further and states that by 2020 there will be 140,000,000 Americans who need medication and that they won’t be getting it.
Here’s the problem: The US pays a ridiculous amount of money for medication precisely because of the involvement of Insurance companies. The US pays an enormous premium for drugs because the drug companies want to make more money; if someone is looking into getting the same drugs for less money, why are people not supporting this?
Here’s the video:
According to Business Insider in July, 2016: “National health expenditures will hit $3.35 trillion this year, which works out to $10,345 for every man, woman and child. The annual increase of 4.8 percent for 2016 is lower than the forecast for the rest of the decade.” These figures come from the Department of Health and Human Services. To give you a comparison, according to the Office for National Statistics, the UK spent around 2,700 GBP per person (that’s less than half the US cost).
The saddest part is that despite massively more spending, life expectancy in the US remains much worse than in the UK. The money being spent is being spent badly and wastefully and ailing to achieve the desired results: a healthy, long life.
And those who live in the northernmost States…How many people hop over the border to Canada to get cheaper medication?
So when Montel (and many others) espouse the idea that the US cannot get cheaper medication, it is not because “There Is No Less Expensive Medication”, but rather that Americans do not have equal access to it. But surely he must know this? He is a smart guy, clearly, so why push this idea that will have only one result…poor people pushing back at policies that might make the availability of cheap drugs easier and more affordable to them. It’s irresponsible, and if Montel really cares (as he claims to), he should be informing people of the vast market in affordable, safe medication that is being denied them.
Health Care in all countries is a mess. It is not going to be solved by tinkering around the edges of political expediency and public approval. The basics are that drugs are overprescribed by doctors to people that would benefit more from a better diet and a little exercise. But if someone really does need to be on medication, tan it should be sold at a price that people can actually afford.

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6 thoughts on “Watch: Is Montel Williams a Shill for Big Pharma, Or Just an idiot?

  1. ”Is Montel Williams a Shill for Big Pharma, Or Just an idiot?”
    Uhhh…The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Montel is quite capable of both

  2. montel needs to shut it. he has MS and gets cutting-edge meds that he can probably afford for himself.
    I also have MS and my meds are antiquated and cost $52 a dose, every other day. what!
    i stopped taking them years ago and felt better ever since.
    anyway, montel needs to shut it.

  3. let me see… A has-been talk show host from decades ago, dying from multiple sclerosis and lifestyle and medical bills to pay up the wazoo…
    An ‘idiot’? Absolutely not! A cash strapped, walking dead shill with hopes of ingratiating himself with the Jewywood establishment for profe$$ional enhancement? Oh, yeah!

    • Did you that Billy Tauzin, the former Republican Congressman and former head of Big Pharma is Catholic? He is the person most closely linked with the terribly expensive Medicare Part D program for seniors. No religious group has a monopoly on political corruption.

      • When making general judgements a most reasonable criteria to utilize is – a difference in quantity, is a difference in character.

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