Alex Lawson

Alex Lawson

Alex Lawson is the Executive Director of Social Security Works, the convening organization of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition — a coalition made up of over 340 national and state organizations representing over 50 million Americans.

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Our coalition is still growing, but already is made up of organizations representing tens of millions of people united around four principles that guide our efforts to smash pharmaceutical corporations’ monopoly power. (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Dear Politicians: Lower Drug Prices Now
Across 34 states today, the American people had one unified message for their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.: lower drug prices now. We are proud that Social Security Works is a founding member of a new broad-based coalition that is dedicated to breaking the stranglehold pharmaceutical...
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Raise Your Hand If You Like Being Ripped Off by Pharmaceutical Corporations
It doesn’t matter where you live in this country or what your political identification is; nobody likes getting ripped off by pharma. Everybody wants their members of Congress to drastically lower drug prices by taking on big pharma’s greed and breaking up pharmaceutical monopolies. Our...
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The depths of Verma’s corruption were exposed when an investigative report revealed that she spent millions of taxpayer dollars on hiring Republican communications consultants to “bolster her public profile.” (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 01, 2019
Why Trump’s Goon in Charge of Medicare and Medicaid Should Resign Immediately
From Tom Price’s $1 million in private plane travel to Scott Pruitt’s attempt to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise, officials in the Trump administration appear to be having a competition with each other to see who can be the most nakedly corrupt. Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for...
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"Big pharma is out of excuses," writes Lawson. "The solutions Rep. Jayapal’s bill lays out for lowering the costs of prescription drugs are thoroughly practical. They will do a much better job at ensuring patients can access their medicines than the current system, which is rigged to benefit pharma CEOs and shareholders." (Image: Office of Rep. Pramila Jayapal) Views
Friday, March 01, 2019
Medicare for All Will Drastically Lower Prescription Drug Prices by Taking on Pharma’s Greed
Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) recently introduced Medicare for All Act of 2019 is a powerful and comprehensive plan to make health care a right for every American. Drastically lowering the prices of prescription drugs, while ensuring that patients are always able to get the medications they need,...
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Unlike the corporate media that slavishly reports on Donald Trump’s latest lies, Democrats understand that this election is about the future of Social Security and health care. (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Republicans Will Cut Your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Benefits
Mitch McConnell recently went on TV and said in no uncertain terms that the Republican plan was to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A new Priorities USA Ad, “Big Cuts,” shows exactly what every Democrat should be saying over and over again between now and November 6. If Republicans keep...
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Far from keeping his word, Trump and his administration have spent every day since taking power working to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Donald Trump and the Republicans Work Every Day to Destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, he promised over and over again to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump is claiming to have kept that promise. Completely in character for a president who doesn’t let a day go by without...
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Democratic House candidate Kara Eastman waves to passing motorists in Omaha, Nebraska on May 15, 2018. (Nati Harnik/AP) Views
Saturday, July 28, 2018
We Need a Public Option for Prescription Drugs
Kara Eastman, the Democratic nominee in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, tells a story while campaigning about visiting her mother while she was dying from cancer. Her mother’s medicals bills were stacked so high on the kitchen table, Eastman says, that when she visited, they couldn’t see...
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