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Using 'Pay for Delay,' Big Pharma Pockets $98 Billion

What if I told you that major pharmaceutical companies had paid off their competition to delay the release of lower-cost generic drugs for 20 major pharmaceuticals? And that combined, brand name drug companies made an estimated $98 billion in total sales of these 20 drugs while the generic versions were delayed? Unfortunately, it’s true, and it means that too many sick Wisconsinites either can’t afford the prescription medication they need, or are paying 10 times too much.
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

Money OUT, Voters IN Wisconsin stands with legislative leaders against Citizens United

The Money OUT, Voters IN Wisconsin coalition, comprised of 32 organizations committed to combating the influence of big special interest money in elections, joined State Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) today in Madison to announce the introduction of a resolution (LRB 1457/5) to place a referendum on the November, 2014, statewide ballot allowing the voters of Wisconsin to be heard on the issue of Citizens United. State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) will introduce the resolution in the State Senate.
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

WISPIRG Statement on Introduction of Wisconsin Citizens United Resolution

The first post-Citizens United major election in November 2012 confirmed our fears that the new campaign finance system allows well-heeled special interests and secret spenders to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.  The people of Wisconsin deserve to have our say in whether this is the democracy we want. 
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Higher Ed

Student Loan Interest Rate Deal Will Make Things Worse

This deal locks in $184 billion of revenue from the federal loan program over the next ten years, in the form of high interest and fees that adds to student debt and makes education more expensive.  Then, it goes further by generating an additional $715 million in revenue off the backs of borrowers, to be steered toward deficit reduction. 
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Financial Reform

SENATE CONFIRMS CFPB DIRECTOR CORDRAY, “GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR”

The July 16, 2013 confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers, and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace. The CFPB was created to rein in the reckless Wall Street practices that blew up our economy almost five years ago. Big banks that rely on consumer tricks and schemes to make money have wanted to kill the CFPB ever since, and for good reason: The CFPB has been enforcing critical consumer protection laws, and already forced Capital One to return $140 million in unfair credit card fees to consumers.
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

Small Business Owners Reach Out to Congress to Support Health Reform

Yesterday, local business owners called their Representatives and Senators to urge them to support legislation that cuts costs, stops insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and gives people the option of a public plan. In the first day of calling nearly 400 calls were generated by small businesses nationwide and 50 calls in Wisconsin.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

Amid Bad Economy, Rising Health Care Premiums Slam Consumers, Small Businesses

Even as Americans struggle with a recession and the highest unemployment rate since 1983, health insurance companies have jacked up their premiums again.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

Health Care Reformers Unveil “Health Care Harry”

Passersby in La Crosse’s Burns Park were greeted on Friday by an old childhood friend with a whole new set of maladies. Health Care Harry, an eight-foot tall interactive character based on the Operation game’s “Cavity Sam” stood at Burns Park as health care advocates called for reform. Harry was subject to a number of serious “operations” as locals used giant tweezers to discover what was ailing him – and our whole health care system.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

New Report: Health Care Reform Can Save Wisconsin $54.5 Billion

Health care reform might cost $1 trillion, but it can ultimately save the nation $3 trillion, with billions of dollars of benefits for every state in the union, including $54.5 billion in Wisconsin, a new report released today by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group notes.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

Survey: Wisconsin Small Businesses Crushed by Rising Health Costs

Wisconsin small business owners are being crushed by rising health care costs, and feel left out of the current health care debate in Washington, according to a new report released by Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group on Main Street, Madison today.

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