Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force on August 8 to talk about making prescription drug prices more affordable to Americans.
Hoffman talked about provisions that are at stake, involving pre-existing conditions. She said that Congress could make it so that pre-existing conditions are not covered when dealing with insurance companies. Hoffman said that this could hurt millions of Americans because they could no longer be covered and no longer have help paying for medication. Furthermore, she talked about the cheaper price of prescription drugs in Canada and how the United States should adopt their prices, and even their healthcare policy. Hoffman told an unfortunate story of a man who was diabetic and with the price of insulin in the U.S., he could no longer afford it so he purchased and used a cheaper substitute for insulin, which resulted in his death a few days later. Lastly, she talked about the United States- Mexico- Canada Trade Agreement, and why Protect the Right to Organize is so important.
Caitlin Johnson, Director of Communications of Policy Matters Ohio joined AWF to talk about the increase in newspaper closures. She said that one big reason why newspapers are becoming less and less popular is because of the accessibility to news outlets via different forms of technology, such as our phones. People have all of the power to access any news source they want in the palm of their hands whenever they want, which unfortunately trumps newspapers, offering a limited amount of news to their audience. Johnson also talked about digital advertising versus print advertising.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc touched on Senator Sherrod Brown’s meeting with President Trump about implementing stricter gun control policies in the wake of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH mass shootings.