Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
No Trump, the U.S. Casualties From the Coronavirus Pandemic Have Not Been ‘Very Low’
Note: Facing withering criticism for his administration’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump once again dissembled at Monday night’s White House briefing when he falsely claimed that the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita in the U.S. were “very low...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
An Unconscionable Choice for Wisconsin Voters Highlights Need for States to Prepare for November
These are dangerous times for democracy. Today millions of Wisconsin voters are faced with the choice of protecting their health and for some, their lives, or losing their right to vote. Every voter deserves a chance to cast their ballot safely by mail, drop box or curbside, or to be able to vote...
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Monday, April 06, 2020
People to Congress: Enroll Uninsured Laid-Off Workers in Medicare
Congress must immediately and automatically enroll in Medicare any American who loses their health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic due to layoffs, Public Citizen said today. The organization on Friday launched a petition to mobilize people to pressure lawmakers; it now has more than 6,500...
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Friday, March 27, 2020
Muzzling Doctors and Nurses on Coronavirus Shortages Is Reprehensible
Attempts by hospital administrators to muzzle health care workers who speak out against coronavirus caseloads and supply shortages are appalling and reprehensible, 54 organizations, including Public Citizen, said in a letter today to the American Hospital Association (AHA). During this global...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
After Caving on ‘Orphan Drug’ Designation, Gilead Must Commit to Licensing and Mass Production
Shortly after Public Citizen and 50 groups demanded that Gilead Sciences relinquish its government-sanctioned monopoly guarantee for a potential COVID-19 treatment, the pharmaceutical giant agreed to do so. It was outrageous that Gilead ever sought an “orphan drug” designation for remdesivir, which...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Gilead Must Relinquish Monopoly on Potential Coronavirus Treatment
Gilead Sciences must immediately renounce its claim to a lucrative orphan drug designation for remdesivir – one of a few medicines being explored as a possible treatment for the coronavirus. That’s what Public Citizen and 50 groups said in a letter sent today to Daniel O’Day, chairman and CEO of...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Trump’s Financial Conflicts of Interest Endanger Public Health
Note: At a White House press conference Monday, President Donald Trump announced that he may soon roll back federal guidelines on social distancing that are intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The Washington Post has reported that Trump’s “private business has shut down six of...
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Monday, March 23, 2020
How Medicare for All Would Have Improved U.S. Response to Pandemic
The for-profit health care system in the U.S. puts the country at a dangerous disadvantage in managing the COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, pandemic. With 87 million Americans uninsured or underinsured, and high financial burdens and coverage caveats for many people with private insurance...
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Vaccine Must Not Be Exclusive to U.S.
Note: German government officials say that the Trump administration asked a German firm developing a coronavirus vaccine to relocate its research to the U.S., The New York Times reported Sunday. The German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag reported that Trump offered $1 billion to obtain exclusive U.S...
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Friday, March 13, 2020
Trump Is a Clear and Present Danger to the Country. He Must Resign.
President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the nation’s public health, and he should resign immediately. In a time when protecting the nation’s public health demands clear, truthful and compassionate leadership, Trump has offered exactly the opposite. He has dissembled about the...
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