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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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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"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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