Kentucky E-cigarette Tax #kyga17

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It seems that some Kentucky politicians are chopping at the bit to create a new tax and impose it on e-cigarette users and small business vape shop owners. State Rep. Larry Clark, a Democrat from Louisville is just one of those politicians.

Ex-Democratic governor Steve Beshear included a 20% tax on electronic cigarettes in his 2014 tax reform plan, but it didn’t come to fruition.

The the conservatives are now in charge of the Kentucky Senate and House. Kentucky also has a conservative Republican governor, Matt Bevin, and time will tell if they agree with State Rep. Larry Clark, a Democrat from Louisville and ex- Democratic governor Steve Beshear when it comes to imposing new taxes on individuals and small businesses.

If Kentucky conservative Republicans impose a new tax on e-cigarette users they will no longer be able to say honestly that they oppose new taxes. They will no longer be able to say honestly that they support small businesses like my friend Mike Watt’s e-cigarette shop in Benton, Kentucky “Vapor Emporium” because a new tax will probably put Mike Watt out of business.

We are waiting and watching and will soon know if Kentucky Republicans are honest or dishonest when they say “no new taxes.”

Obama’s War On Coal Is Over

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Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have ended Obama’s war on coal and folks all over the U.S.A. are packing up and preparing to move to Eastern Kentucky for the new high paying coal jobs Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are going to create.

coaljobs300x300webWe overheard folks on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii talking excitedly about selling their luxury condo and moving to Eastern Kentucky for the $100 per hour coal jobs, with great retirement plans and free healthcare coverage.

Airlines in Alaska are overbooked with flights to Eastern Kentucky airports with the promise of high paying coal jobs with unbelievable fringe benefits.

A preacher in North Dakota is leaving his church to help dig up some of that “5000 year old coal” in Eastern Kentucky. He said: “Jesus came to me in a vision and told me to take advantage of what Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have provided.”

A solar panel worker in Mississippi is leaving his job making solar panels to work in the Eastern Kentucky coal mines. He said: “Now that Obama’s war on coal is over we’ll be burning more coal than ever and that will smog up the sky so bad that solar panels will become useless. Coal is the future and there’s money in them thar Eastern Kentucky coal fields.”

A drug dealer in Florida had this to say: “Thank God for Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. I’m gonna make a fortune selling drugs to all of those folks moving to Eastern Kentucky to dig that coal.”

Be sure to thank Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump for all of those Eastern Kentucky coal jobs. You can reach Mitch McConnell by phone (202) 224-2541 and Donald Trump via Twitter at @realDonaldTrump.

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Medicare Part D crony capitalism at work!

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Mother Jones
What’s more, Medicare Part D often pays far more for drugs than do Medicaid or the Veterans Health Administration—which, unlike Part D, mandate government measures to hold down prices. One report found that Medicare Part D pays 80 percent more for medicines than the VHA and 73 percent more than Medicaid. While researchers aren’t unanimous in their views, an array of experts have concluded that federal negotiating power—if backed up by other cost controls—would bring Part D drug costs more in line. Read more.

Prescription Drugs. Presidential Debate.

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Business Wire

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A group of patient advocates and businesses representing the right of Americans to engage in the importation of prescription medications from safe, credentialed international pharmacies, today announced joint support of an unprecedented initiative to ensure presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump address the issue of prescription importation at the second presidential debate.

The group includes the Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation, PharmacyChecker.com, Prescription Justice Action Group, RxRights.org, and the publisher of TodaysSeniorsNetwork. Together, these organizations represent more than four million Americans who import medication for personal use each year.

A 500 percent increase in the price of the EpiPen® has elevated the issue of high drug prices to the public’s attention and resulted in Congressional hearings on high drug costs in the U.S. The discussion surrounding unaffordable drug prices, however, has focused almost exclusively on long term solutions.

Americans cannot wait for long term solutions. The Commonwealth Fund reports at least 35 million Americans failed to adhere to their prescribed drug regimens in 2014 due to the high cost of their medications. This non-adherence is estimated to cost $100-$300 billion in avoidable healthcare costs in the U.S. annually, according to a study in Risk Management and Healthcare Policy (2014). Meanwhile, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 71 percent of Americans support access to safe, affordable medications through prescription importation (September, 2016).

The group is asking Americans to support the issue by voting for its importation question through the Open Debate Coalition forum, at https://presidentialopenquestions.com/questions/12064/vote/. It is also encouraging supporters to share their stories on social media and let the moderators of the October 9 presidential debate, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, know that Americans want the presidential candidates to explain how they will provide immediate relief on drug prices and how they’ll fight to increase access to safe, affordable medications through prescription importation. Supporters should use the hashtags #RxAccess and #RxImportation to participate in the discussion.

About Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation

Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI) is a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization that advocates for Americans’ access to safe, affordable prescription medications from Canada for personal use. Tens of millions of Americans – especially the elderly and others on fixed incomes – struggle to pay the extremely high price of prescription medications in the U.S. We are here to be a voice for them. For more information visit www.personalimportation.org or contact Rebecca Kelley at info@personalimportation.org or 202.765.3290.

About PharmacyChecker.com

PharmacyChecker.com (www.pharmacychecker.com) is the only independent company that verifies U.S. and international online pharmacies and compares prescription drug prices. Our verifications and price comparisons have been referenced by AARP Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. We were formed in 2002 when our founder, Tod Cooperman, M.D., saw that increasing numbers of Americans were looking on the Internet to save money on medication but did not have adequate information to protect their health. We are a stakeholder in the online consumer-driven healthcare community, seeking an open Internet environment that promotes innovation and new business models, especially those that serve the public health. For more information, contact Gabriel Levitt at 718.387.4526 or Gabriel.levitt@pharmacychecker.com.

About Prescription Justice Action Group

Prescription Justice Action Group is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing relief and protection for American patients. Prescription Justice Action Group brings together doctors, lawyers, public health advocates, and companies dedicated to helping people afford medication. For more information, contact Jodi Dart at 217.306.5823 or jodi@pjag.org.

About RxRights

RxRights is a national nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around issues related to U.S. prescription drug pricing. We support the right of Americans to import medicine from legitimate, licensed online and mail order international pharmacies. RxRights.org serves as a forum for individuals to share experiences and voice opinions regarding Americans’ need for affordable prescription drugs. We encourage participation and discussion through our website. For more information visit www.rxrights.org or contact Lee Graczyk: lee@rxrights.org or 1-866-703-5442.

About TodaysSeniorsNetwork

TodaysSeniorsNetwork , which includes RxforAmericanHealth and the AmericanRxBillofRights, is America’s leading information source for seniors an issues facing an aging America. Publisher Daniel Hines, an international award-winning communicator brings his unique perspective to a host of issues based on his extensive work with policy-makers at the local, state and Federal levels, elected officials, seniors’ and other advocacy groups, and who has worked extensively on behalf of personal importation of safe, affordable prescription medicines for 15 years. For the official blog, visit http://www.todaysseniorsnetwork.com and for more information, contact Daniel Hines at 646.386.5234 or todaysseniorsnet@sbcglobal.net.

Contacts

Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation
Rebecca Kelley, 202-765-3290
Rebecca.Kelley@personalimportation.org