FROM Cynthia Koons
EpiPen price increases get lawmakers scrutiny As a new year begins, schools and parents are grappling with a price increase for EpiPens — recommended by Congress for all schools and many public places. It's used against life-threatening allergic reactions that happen fast. One EpiPen cost $57 when the company Mylan took over the product. Now it's only selling it two at a time and charging $600. Cynthia Koons, healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News , says there are a lot of dynamics at work.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?