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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Andrew Saul testifies before the Senate Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration on October 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 29, 2021
President Biden Must Fire Andrew Saul and David Black Immediately for Sabotaging Social Security
President Harry S. Truman famously had a sign on his desk that read "the buck stops here." If Andrew Saul, the man Donald Trump put in charge of the Social Security Administration (SSA), had a sign on his desk, it would say "it's never my fault." "It's unclear if Saul and Black delayed the survival...
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Raising the minimum wage doesn't just increase workers' current compensation," writes Lawson. "It also increases their future compensation: Social Security." (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Want to Strengthen Social Security? Raise the Minimum Wage—and Do It Now!
What does the minimum wage have to do with Social Security? On the surface, they might seem like unrelated issues. After all, the minimum wage is for workers and Social Security is for people who've stopped working due to old age or disability. But in fact, the two are closely linked—and raising...
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Vaccines developed in the public sector should be separated from the profit model and available to all to ensure prompt and equitable access. "Rather than competition between a limited number of firms," writes Lawson, "we need cooperation across the whole sector." (Photo: Javier Zayas Photography/iStock/via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 10, 2020
We Must Take The Vaccine Industry Into Public Ownership To Ensure Its Products Are Available To All
As the Covid-19 pandemic rages across America and the world, scientists are working to develop a safe, effective vaccine. But developing a vaccine is only the first step. Just as important is making sure that the vaccine is mass produced and made available to everyone at no cost. The only way that...
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
Reclaim Public Medicine for Public Health
Far too many people have suffered and died because our medicines and medical products system was not prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with prompt and universal access to reliable tests, treatments, and vaccines. Governments, non-profits, and industry in the U.S. and around the world are...
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speak to each other during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on the government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. COVID-19 has taken hold in the United States and national and local governments are rushing to contain the virus and finding a cure. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Operation Eternal Vengeance: We Pledge to Defeat Any Politician Who Uses Covid-19 to Attack Social Security
For most of us, Covid-19 is a devastating crisis. But for some politicians in Washington, D.C. and their Wall Street backers, it's an opportunity. They are trying to use the pandemic to cut our Social Security and Medicare benefits behind closed doors, using a bill with an Orwellian name—the TRUST...
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Emergency Medical Service workers unload a patient out of their ambulance at the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020 in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Justin Heiman/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Blood on His Hands: The Nursing Home Covid-19 Crisis is Donald Trump’s Fault
The very first COVID-19 outbreak in the US took place in a Kirkland, Washington nursing home more than four months ago, at the end of February. At least 37 people died. That first outbreak should have been the impetus for the Trump administration to launch a coordinated national response to the...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Don't Let Big Pharma Make a Killing by Profiteering Off COVID-19 Treatments
Editor's update: Following reporting by The Intercept and Commons Dreams —and after Public Citizen, People's Action and 50 other groups demanded Gilead Pharmaceuticals end its claim of "orphan drug" status for remdesivir, a potential treatment for COVID-19— Gilead on Wednesday has asked the FDA to...
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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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