Editorial: Drug, device reform gets bipartisan push

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  • Updated: July 2, 2012 - 8:43 PM

But Congress dropped ball on 'track and trace' drug measure.

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betty99Jul. 2, 12 8:47 PM

I find it amazing the word reform can be used in descibing medical devices and drugs without some type of price controls. Why must Americans spend 2 to 7 times as much as the rest of the world

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jarlmnJul. 2, 1210:28 PM

From her championing nearly every feel-good issue she can lay her hands on, it is clear that Amy would be a much better Consumer Advocate than she is a US Senator. Make the career change for her, next election. She and we will be much happier.

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bobbyeffJul. 3, 12 8:30 AM

Kudos to Paulsen, Klobuchar and Franken for working together on this issue to help Minnesotan companies. It's good to know that while both sides scream about non-issues, some folks are actually making progress and behaving like adults.

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offtherecordJul. 3, 12 1:21 PM

"Why must Americans spend 2 to 7 times as much as the rest of the world" We make more than people in most countries and most countries don't have attorneys advertising every 15 minutes looking for so-called victims of "bad" drugs.

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whallingJul. 3, 12 4:28 PM

Klobuchar is a key accomplice of Obama as our national debt has doubled to over $16 trillion on her watch. Never has she uttered a word about too much debt or too high deficits as we log trillion dollar deficits each year under Obama. In the Senate, a budget has not been put forth for 3 years which is unlawful, never once mentioned by Klobuchar. In the fiscal arena, she has no budget, no plans and no ideas. She is totally irresponsible in the fiscal arena.

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whallingJul. 3, 12 4:30 PM

Another thing Minnesotans should understand about Klobuchar is that she voted for, lobbied for and helped Obama pass Obamacare which has a terrible 2.8% tax on the revenues of all medical device companies - many of which reside in MN - thanks Klobuchar as you represent us.

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gunflint55Jul. 3, 12 5:30 PM

Amy now has a third constituency; stockholders of Medtronics. Not really sure if they would be happy to party with Amy's other two groups of supporters, wolf killers and builders of The Bridge to Nowhere, but that really doesn't matter. All Amy cares about are the campaign donations, and they will come in fast and furious (sorry, poor choice of words) from the bio-med industry.

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sellwillJul. 3, 1211:18 PM

Follow the money. Drug companies have much more of a say in our political process than we the people. As betty99 above asks: "Why must Americans spend 2 to 7 times as much as the rest of the world" The answer: Because that is what the drug companies want, and they spend a hell of a lot of money to keep it that way. Case in point: GW Bush's prescription drug coverage bill had language that specifically forbid the gov't from negotiating prices with drug companies. Most politicians are NOT working for us, folks.

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