Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen. Weissman was formerly director of Essential Action, editor of Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide, and a public interest attorney at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He was a leader in organizing the 2000 IMF and World Bank protests in D.C. and helped make HIV drugs available to the developing world.

 

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David Marcus, Head of Calibra at Facebook, testifies about Facebook's proposed digital currency called Libra, during a Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 16, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Beware Facebook's Libra: A Corporate Surveillance Leviathan With No Precedent Outside the Realm of Science Fiction
Editor's note: On Wednesday July 17, 2019, Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, was among those who testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee against Facebook's Libra proposal. Read a statement from Public Citizen and Weissman's full testimony to the committee here . "...
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Monday, March 18, 2019
Will McConnell Buck the Voters on Pro-Democracy Efforts?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has built a career on weakening our democracy. Nothing seems to bring out the passion in the famously stoic McConnell more than opposing pro-democracy reforms. Well, now he has the challenge of a lifetime. The House of Representatives has just passed HR1, the...
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"Leaving aside the very significant economic benefits—not just human health, but economic gains—that will come from improving the national health system," writes Weissman, with Medicare for All "we can eliminate upwards of $500 billion annually in spending wasted on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits." (Photo: @RepAndyLevin/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
We Can't Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford Medicare for All
America’s healthcare system is a national disgrace. By almost every relevant metric, our system is the worst or nearly the worst among all rich countries. We are the only wealthy country to permit tens of millions to go uninsured . Far more people in the United States report skipping care because...
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Friday, February 15, 2019
Why We Must Stop an Unstable Trump and His Dangerous National Emergency Declaration
Today's presidential declaration of a national emergency is an outrageous abuse of power – perhaps the most dangerous yet by the unstable and increasingly autocratic President Donald Trump. If this invocation of emergency on false pretenses is tolerated, it could justify almost limitless abuses of...
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
'Tough on Crime' Jeff Sessions Touts Plummeting Corporate Crime Enforcement Like It's an Achievement
On Wednesday of this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) touted the agency’s fiscal year 2018 enforcement record even as the figures show that prosecution of white-collar crimes and corporate misconduct have plummeted. "Sessions aims to criminalize immigrants and people of color, but he and...
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We pay far more than other countries for health care, and we get far less – among rich countries, we alone have massive coverage gaps, and our health care outcomes are by far inferior.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Fact Check: Trump Is Dead Wrong on Medicare-for-All
Note: Today, USA Today published an op-ed by President Donald Trump that included several falsehoods about single-payer health care. Lies and deceptions from Trump are nothing new. Lies and deceptions from Trump about Medicare-for All are new, so it’s worth correcting his USA Today column attacking...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions on Corporate Crime
May 1, 2018 The Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice Robert F. Kennedy Building 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 Re: Corporate Crime Database and Annual Report Dear Attorney General Sessions: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been clear about...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
Wall Street Deregulation Is All About the Money
The U.S. Senate likely will pass a major Wall Street deregulation bill this week with Democratic support. It’s a package that reduces safeguards for two dozen of the three dozen largest banks, enables smaller banks to speculate with deposits, severs important consumer safeguards and more. "Creating...
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
The Trumpy Awards, Round Six: Worst Cabinet Member
Today’s Trumpys are the second set of nominees for Worst Cabinet Member, following yesterday’s consideration of Mick Mulvaney, Ryan Zinke, Gary Cohn and Jeff Sessions. The judges wish to acknowledge the many atrocious candidates not receiving nominations, including Secretary of Housing and Urban...
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Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Trumpy Awards, Round Five: Worst Cabinet Member
In the early phases of the Trump administration, it was a macabrely amusing, if horribly depressing, parlor game to predict who would be the worst Cabinet nominee. One year into the administration, considering the same question, it’s just plain depressing. With a president who has minimal and only...
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