Alex Lawson & Stephanie Taylor

Alex Lawson is the executive director of Social Security Works. Stephanie Taylor is the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the Progressive Change Institute (PCI).

Recent Articles

We Need a Public Option for Prescription Drugs

Taxpayer dollars already fund the science behind new medications. Let’s create a public company to market them and bring their prices down.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Kara Eastman, the Democratic nominee in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, tells a story while campaigning about visiting her mother while she was dying from cancer. Her mother’s medicals bills were stacked so high on the kitchen table, Eastman says, that when she visited, they couldn’t see each other through the piles. Just one of her mother’s pills cost $2,500 a month. Eastman decided to run for Congress to offer alternatives to the skyrocketing cost of health care. She campaigns calling for Medicare for All and further solutions to the crisis of unaffordable prescription drugs. Her message is resonating. She beat a well-known opponent in her primary by a few hundred votes. Spending on prescription drugs is growing faster than any other sector of our health-care system. Drug companies, meanwhile, are raking in record profits, far higher than those in other industries—and they are spending considerably more of it on buybacks and dividends than on...