Fact-Checking Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

dublinbay z6 (KS)

As usual, many lies and mis-statements in this "rally" speech as Trump celebrated himself.

I may break this list of lies down into several posts--kinda long--and be selective--just too many to cover adequately. We will see how it goes.

This fact-check was performed by the NY Times commentators--during the live speech. I do not necessarily agree with all their comments--my assessments are added in [brackets].


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"This is the first major trade deal in many years to earn the strong backing of America’s labor unions.”

  • [Misleading--my rating]
  • The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement earned the endorsement of the powerful A.F.L.-C.I.O., which had not endorsed a trade agreement since a pact with Jordan in 2001. But that endorsement was largely because of the work of congressional Democrats, who made changes to the agreement that strengthened its protections for labor rights in Mexico. Most labor unions ultimately signed on to the U.S.M.C.A., but not all — the United Automobile Workers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers have continued to criticize the pact."

As we defend American lives, we are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.”

  • Partly true [/partly false--my rating].
  • No doubt that the Trump administration is closer to a peace settlement with the Afghan Taliban than any previous administration. President Trump has also promised a complete troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, though he has yet to order it. But since May, Mr. Trump has actually deployed more than 14,000 troops to the Middle East to deter Iran from potential attacks and to safeguard American forces and bases. The partial troop withdrawal from Syria last fall was just that, partial.
  • About 500 troops in northeastern Syria are still fighting the Islamic State, wedged between Turkish proxy forces, Russian ground troops and Syrian government forces. In Iraq, about 5,200 troops remain, though the defense secretary, Mark T. Esper, has said he is considering withdrawing some forces from the country, according to Defense Department officials.

“Three years ago, the barbarians of ISIS held over 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the ISIS territorial caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed, and the founder and leader of ISIS — the bloodthirsty killer known as Al‑Baghdadi — is dead.”

  • [Yes, but . . . .]
  • But it is also important to remember that national security officials and experts had always anticipated that the war against the Islamic State, started by former President Barack Obama in 2014, would result in pushing the extremist group from its self-declared caliphate. Additionally, while the Islamic State no longer controls any territory, it remains a potent threat: Administration officials estimate up to 18,000 fighters still remain and the group is resurging in rural areas in Iraq and Syria where American and local forces have little physical presence.

“Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In sanctuary cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed.”

  • Misleading.
  • Policies for so-called sanctuary cities vary by location. In most of the cities, politicians direct police departments not to transfer undocumented immigrants suspected of or charged with crimes to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But such suspects are not automatically released unless they were to make bail.

“Over 130 legislators in this chamber have endorsed legislation that would bankrupt our nation by providing free taxpayer-funded health care to millions of illegal aliens, forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care for anyone in the world who unlawfully crosses our borders.”

  • [Questionable--my rating]
  • The [Medicare-for-All] Bill . . . specifies that coverage will not be denied to residents on the basis of “citizenship status.” Whether this aspect of the bill would bankrupt the country is more questionable. The Medicare for all bills are expected to require large increases in federal spending, but the coverage of undocumented immigrants would represent a small fraction of that spending.

"Following NAFTA’s adoption, our nation lost one in four manufacturing jobs.”

  • Misleading [and Inaccurate]
  • The United States has lost about four million of its 17 million factory jobs since NAFTA went into effect in 1994. But American factory employment actually increased in the years immediately after the deal going into effect, and few economists blame the North American trade deal for the kind of immense job loss the president is talking about. Economists debate the jobs effects from NAFTA, but most agree that the deal had a relatively modest impact, destroying jobs in some communities where factories went to Mexico, but creating other jobs elsewhere.China’s entry into the global trading system when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, as well as continued automation in factories, has led to more significant job losses in the manufacturing sector.

"My administration is also taking on the big pharmaceutical companies. We have approved a record number of affordable generic drugs, and medicines are being approved by the F.D.A. at a faster clip than ever before. I was pleased to announce last year that, for the first time in 51 years, the cost of prescription drugs actually went down.”

  • Misleading
  • It is true that, for a portion of last year, the Consumer Price Index for drugs declined. But that measure does not include all prescription drugs. (And it has since risen again.) The Food and Drug Administration has approved a large number of generic drugs, but few of them have made it to market yet, so they have had little impact on drug prices, as a Wall Street Journal analysis showed last year.

This is a blue-collar boom. Real median household income is now at the highest level ever recorded.”

  • [Yes, but . . . .]
  • . . . [E}mployment growth in manufacturing, which Mr. Trump promoted in his speech last year, slowed to fewer than 50,000 jobs in 2019 — the worst rate of his presidency and the second worst of the long recovery from recession. And job growth has slowed sharply — from 2.6 percent at the start of 2019 to 1.3 percent at the end of the year — in so-called middle-wage sectors that include mining, construction and transportation.

"To protect the environment, days ago, I announced that the United States will join the One Trillion Trees Initiative, an ambitious effort to bring together government and the private sector to plant new trees in America and around the world.”

  • [Yes, but . . .]
  • President Trump did not use the phrase “climate change,” but the plan to plant one trillion trees — unveiled last month by the World Economic Forum in Davos and embraced by Republicans as a way to address global warming — will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving planetary warming.
  • But just how much all these trees will help is disputed. According to a report last year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the United States produced about 5.8 billion tons of emissions in 2019. Getting that much carbon out of the atmosphere with trees alone would require planting on about 371 million acres — about four times the area of California.

“This will be a tremendous boon to our already very strongly guarded southern border where, as we speak, a long, tall, and very powerful wall is being built. We have now completed over 100 miles and have over 500 miles fully completed in a very short period of time. Early next year, we will have substantially more than 500 miles completed.”

  • Misleading
  • The Trump administration has built 115 miles of new border wall, almost all of it in areas where dilapidated barriers or vehicle barricades once stood. The White House recently celebrated a federal court ruling that would allow it to use $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build 175 miles of barrier in parts of Texas, Arizona and California. That decision is being fought in the courts. The administration also does not have all of the private land it needs to build the border wall. . . . Migrants have used power tools to cut through the border wall and ladders made from cheap materials to scale it.

“We will always protect your Medicare and your Social Security always.”

  • Very misleading
  • Not only has President Trump failed to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, but the financial outlook for both trusts has not improved . . . . That is at least partly the result of Mr. Trump’s tax law, which has left the Treasury Department to collect fewer taxes from Americans and, in turn, invest less money into each program. Last April, the government projected that Medicare funds would be depleted by 2026, three years earlier than estimated in 2017. The report noted that less money will flow into the fund because of low wages and lower taxes.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/fact-check-state-of-the-union-02-04/#tragically-there-are-many-cities-in-america-where-radical-politicians-have-chosen-to-provide-sanctuary-for-these-criminal-illega

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I'm taking a break now. So many lies--it's wearing me out just trying to cover some of them.

Kate

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queenmargo

Kate I see of lot of misleading.... so subjective;)

but taking a break was a good idea;)

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

OMG the speech was full of lies from beginning to end.

It was a bloody circus/game show, with the ringmaster shoveling mountains of BS.

And that whopper about protecting healthcare and pre existing conditions was 1 of the most brazen.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Since FACTS are supplied, there is nothing "subjective" about the assessments. But feel free to substitute FALSE. It might fit better with the FACTS.

Kate

ETA: Been mostly in bed trying to recoup from a virus of some kind. But thanks for your "concern" (yeah, sure).

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Misleading is what he does best and they eat it up like it's life giving. Poison. Pure poison. ETA: don't worry Kate, they'll call them "alternate" facts (no such thing, but say it as much as you like. Intelligent people know the truth isn't subjective or given to alternate versions)

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Kathy

Trumpers don’t care about lies as long as their reality show continues. Exaggerations on the economy and gifts and goodies to his base. His quid pro quo’s go on forever. Smoke and mirrors.

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queenmargo

It was a bloody circus/

Yes, the Dem clowns were all there performing for their ring leader Nancy. LOL

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katrina_ellen

The Dems ought to know about misleading.

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lurker111

Those silly fact checkers aren't qualified to check facts.

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Del Phinium

"This fact-check was performed by the NY Times commentators"

^ LOL. So, it's essentially an opinion piece.

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Nana H

Anyone who wants to know the truth could easily check these statements themselves. The information is available but for some accepting Trump's word for it is truth enough.

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foodonastump

There are generally a lot of “false” ratings. This time I’m seeing all misleading. There IS a difference.

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Izzy Mn(4)

Listened for a bit on and off. It seemed Trump did the pause after every sentence, insert republican standing applause here, for most of it. Their knees sure got a work out. Trump does need his adoration, so needy.

The arrogance he will have after the acquital is going to be mind blowing and license for even more brazen behavior. His lies and truth alternatives will be even worse than they have been.

Dump Trump 2020

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lurker111

Trump does need his adoration, so needy.

He earned it.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I'll add a few more Trump's False and Misleading Claims--but the length of the list is exhaustive. You'll have to read the rest of the list yourself. Sorry.

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Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who led Iran’s Quds force before he died in a targeted killing ordered by President Trump, “directed the December assault on United States Forces in Iraq, and was actively planning new attacks.”

  • Misleading.
  • General Suleimani commanded all activities in Iraq, but there is no public evidence — other than President Trump’s own claim — that he directed the December attacks. While General Suleimani was presumed to be planning more attacks, Mr. Trump has evaded his own cabinet members’ statements, later amended, that the general was killed because a new attack was “imminent.” It is a critical omission, because the killing may be considered illegal under international law unless an attack was imminent.


The U.S.M.C.A. will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs.”

  • False
  • The nonpartisan International Trade Commission has estimated that the agreement would create about 28,000 jobs in the auto sector. President Trump’s own United States trade representative has a higher estimate — 76,000 new jobs in the next five years — but still one that falls short of Mr. Trump’s claims today. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement raises barriers to imported cars and car parts in an effort to encourage auto manufacturing in the United States, which results in some job gains. But in so doing, it will also raise the price of American cars and other vehicles, and lower both vehicle consumption and production, economists say.


One hundred thirty-two lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our health care system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million Americans.”

  • Mostly true [but misleading]
  • Bills to create a national “Medicare for all” system have been co-sponsored by large numbers of Democratic lawmakers. The bills would eliminate private health insurance, but they would provide those people with generous government health insurance instead. Technically, this would not be a fully socialized health care system, since the bill would allow doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to remain private.


"We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”

  • False
  • The president has taken multiple steps to weaken or eliminate current protections for Americans with pre-existing health conditions. These efforts include legislation he championed, regulation his administration has finished, and a lawsuit the Justice Department is litigating that would declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.


“Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far.”


"Incomes are soaring.”

  • [Yes, but . . . .]
  • It is unclear how President Trump defines “soaring.” It is true that wages and median income have risen on Mr. Trump’s watch, as they did in the final years under President Barack Obama. But wage growth remains comparatively low for an American economy with such low unemployment, and well below the levels it enjoyed in the late 1990s.


“Our economy is the best it has ever been.”

  • False
  • . . . by most conventional measures, including wage growth for typical workers and the growth rate of the economy, it is far from the best ever. Growth was stronger in some years under President George W. Bush, most recently.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/fact-check-state-of-the-union-02-04/#i-have-raised-contributions-from-the-other-nato-members-by-more-than-400-billion-and-the-number-of-allies-meeting-their-minimum-

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That's not all, but I'm kinda worn out now. : )

Kate

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lurker111

It's a waste of effort. We won't fall for the spin.

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Del Phinium

Someone should fact check the nonsense coming out of the mouths of the panelists on Lawrence "M.C. Hammer" O'Donnell's show last night. That was funny to watch, lol

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lurker111

I never read crat propaganda.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I heard some of the BBC's report on the speech. There was no hesitation to point out false and misleading statements.

Sad to see that a State of the Union address is being fact-checked by the foreign press as a matter of course.

I didn't listen to the address because I saw the Oscar-nominated, and commended, animated short subjects yesterday evening. Highly recommended, if they are available in your area.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

It is simple enough to point out fallacious arguments as they are posted.

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margaritadina

"This is the first major trade deal in many years to earn the strong backing of America’s labor unions.”

[Misleading--my rating]

Let’s wait and see how it turns out. “Your rating” means nothing.

As we defend American lives, we are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.”

Partly true [/partly false--my rating].

Again, ‘’your rating’’ that means nothing. ‘’We are working to end’’ doesn’t mean the immediate withdrawal.

“Three years ago, the barbarians of ISIS held over 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the ISIS territorial caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed, and the founder and leader of ISIS — the bloodthirsty killer known as Al‑Baghdadi — is dead.”

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margaritadina

[Yes, but . . . .]

But, but….Got nothing here/

“Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In sanctuary cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed.”

Misleading.

Lie. Nothing is misleading in Trump’s statement. Illegal aliens’ criminals ARE released to prey upon the public. Trump didn’t say that they are ‘’auto released’’. Lie.

“Over 130 legislators in this chamber have endorsed legislation that would bankrupt our nation by providing free taxpayer-funded health care to millions of illegal aliens, forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care for anyone in the world who unlawfully crosses our borders.”

[Questionable--my rating]

What is questionable about it? At least 20 M illegal aliens will receive free h-care in the US. And with Dems open borders policy another 20 M will jump the border real quick. It’s a bankruptcy right there.

"Following NAFTA’s adoption, our nation lost one in four manufacturing jobs.”

Misleading [and Inaccurate]

Don’t know much about it to evaluate this rating.

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margaritadina

"My administration is also taking on the big pharmaceutical companies. We have approved a record number of affordable generic drugs, and medicines are being approved by the F.D.A. at a faster clip than ever before. I was pleased to announce last year that, for the first time in 51 years, the cost of prescription drugs actually went down.”

Misleading

He NEVER said this measure included ALL prescriptions. He was talking about GENERIC drugs.

Another hateful lie.

This is a blue-collar boom. Real median household income is now at the highest level ever recorded.”

[Yes, but . . . .]

But, but….Unemployment rate is the lowest since 1969. The majority of unemployed people ALREADY entered the workforce.

"To protect the environment, days ago, I announced that the United States will join the One Trillion Trees Initiative, an ambitious effort to bring together government and the private sector to plant new trees in America and around the world.”

[Yes, but . . .]

But, but again….Every imbecile out there knows that trees ‘’inhale’’ CO2 and ‘’exhale’’ oxygen. Except Dems. Forgot farting cows. Trees will definitely help the problem. Talk to China and India about their CO2 contribution. The US can’t do it for all. We already spend millions cleaning oceans after Asian dirty eight.

“This will be a tremendous boon to our already very strongly guarded southern border where, as we speak, a long, tall, and very powerful wall is being built. We have now completed over 100 miles and have over 500 miles fully completed in a very short period of time. Early next year, we will have substantially more than 500 miles completed.”

Misleading

Not at all. He is working on it. Don’t forget he has to compensate for 8 years of Obama disaster. Walls help.

“We will always protect your Medicare and your Social Security always.”

Very misleading

This one might be true.

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chipotle

So what did Trump say about his health care plan, other than the lie about protecting pre-existing conditions. And what about H.R. 3 that still sits on McConnell's desk?

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Kathy

WASHINGTON — On the fourth day of Black History Month, President Donald Trump attempted to frame himself as a savior to people of color, especially Black people, during his State of the Union address.


Trump, whose real estate company was sued twice for not renting to Black people in the past, took the spotlight Tuesday night and claimed credit for the country’s historically low unemployment rate among Blacks, Latinos, and Asian-Americans, and the declining rates of Black poverty.


“Wealthy people and companies are pouring money into poor neighborhoods or areas that haven’t seen investment in many decades, creating jobs, energy, and excitement,” Trump said. “This is the first time that these deserving communities have seen anything like this. It’s all working.”


The president was referring to tax breaks passed by Republicans in 2017 that created so-called opportunity zones that were supposed to encourage investment in poor areas. The New York Times recently reported that the program had instead created a “wave of developments financed by and built for the wealthiest Americans,” including high-end apartment buildings built with untaxed profits.


Despite what Trump thinks, he remains unpopular with Black voters. The president is considered to be a racist by more than 80% of Black Americans, according to a Washington Post/Ipsos poll last month.


Trump recognized several Black people in attendance at his speech: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Army veteran Tony Raskins, retired Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee and his great-grandson, and fourth-grader Janiyah Davis and her single mother. Trump used their stories to promote policies he sees as appealing to voters of color, such as school choice and opportunity zones.

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foodonastump

I’ll come back to read all the responses and rebuttals. Should be interesting. I just want to point out the obvious though, and that is that exaggerations, half truths and context manipulation have plenty of precedent. I’m not defending, just stating. Fact checks from prior administrations are but a google search away.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Passed by the US House, blocked by Sen. McConnell.


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chipotle

So
what did Trump say about his health care plan, other than the lie about
protecting pre-existing conditions. And what about H.R. 3 that still
sits on McConnell's desk?

Entrance polling in Iowa showed that healthcare is the #1 issue for voters. Could one of his supporters please explain what's in Trump's healthcare plan?

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chipotle

Thor, I commented similarly on FOAS's SOTU thread, but it hasn't posted and the thread appears stalled.


https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/5863501/sotu-reaction-from-the-other-side#addAnswer

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mudhouse

For those interested in reading more about H.R. 3, Lower Drug Costs Now Act, some links:

Link to the bill itself: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+3%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1

Some articles:

Nov 2019 NYTimes (archived to get past pay wall): The American Way of Paying for Drugs Isn't Working https://archive.is/bJUfO

The Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, What Stakeholders Have to Say https://www.biospace.com/article/the-lower-drug-costs-now-act-of-2019-what-stakeholders-have-to-say/

Opposition to Pelosi Drug Pricing Plan Remains Firm Following Passage in the House
https://www.biospace.com/article/opposition-to-pelosi-drug-pricing-plan-remains-firm-following-passage-in-the-house/

After reading these, it looks to me like the bill would increase government control over drug pricing, which would lower drug costs for consumers, and bring the US drug pricing policy more in line with the policy of other countries.

The trade off is, those in opposition point out that the majority of funding for drug research and new drug development comes from the private sector, and the pricing plan (with penalties imposed on drug companies, if they refuse to negotiate on pricing) would reduce the amount of capital available to continue the current level of new drug development.

The US currently contributes the lion's share of new drug development that benefits countries around the world. The pharmaceutical industry's research and development budget is about three times the size of the government's R&D budget.

The two sides seem to agree that the end result of this particular bill would be lower prices for consumers, but also that some new drugs never reaching the market. They disagree on how many new drugs would never reach the market. (Some opposing numbers are quoted in the last article.) The NY Times (first article) quotes the lowest number of drugs that wouldn't be created, and they say it's worth it.

The White House cites the Executive Branch’s Council of Economic Advisers, who said the loss of those drugs would reduce Americans’ average life expectancy by about four months.

Push-pull between increased governmental control of a private sector industry, and disagreement over whether or not the loss of new drugs would be worth reduced cost to US consumers. (That's my take, anyway, after some reading, and what I think the Ladies in White were yelling about at SOTU.)

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Kathy


Objectives. We explored whether the United States, which does not regulate pharmaceutical prices, is responsible for the development of a disproportionate share of the new molecular entities (NMEs; a drug that does not contain an active moiety previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration) produced worldwide.

Methods. We collected data on NMEs approved between 1992 and 2004 and assigned each NME to an inventor country. We examined the relation between the proportion of total NMEs developed in each country and the proportion of total prescription drug spending and gross domestic product (GDP) of each country represented.

Results. The United States accounted for 42% of prescription drug spending and 40% of the total GDP among innovator countries and was responsible for the development of 43.7% of the NMEs. The United Kingdom, Switzerland, and a few other countries innovated proportionally more than their contribution to GDP or prescription drug spending, whereas Japan, South Korea, and a few other countries innovated less.

Conclusions. Higher prescription drug spending in the United States does not disproportionately privilege domestic innovation, and many countries with drug price regulation were significant contributors to pharmaceutical innovation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866602/

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mudhouse

Thanks Kathy, I'll read that. The comment I made above about the US being responsible for the lion's share of new drug research has been my own understanding for a while, but it wasn't dealt with (that I saw) in any of the articles I linked to in my post. I'm not trying to argue either side, as much as I'm trying to get up to speed on the topic. That's why I tried to post articles with a range of info.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Thank you, Mudhouse, for the summaries and links pertaining to HR. 3. I will check out some of the links later, when I have more time.

I don't know much about HR. 3, but your summary jives fairly closely with my general understanding of it. Here is a little more background that I am aware of.

The motive behind the bill was to join the two sides together to figure out a way to control the rising and often outrageous prices for a number of drugs, particularly new drugs on the market. Big Pharm is the recognized "villain" in the whole healthcare problem. Since it refuses to regulate its own extravagant profits, some way needed to be found to control the drug prices. Many patients find that pharmacy costs are what are driving them into the "poor house," as we used to call it.

It was particularly important to the originators of the bill that it be bi-partisan in the sense that it both reflects and modifies views from both sides of the aisle, as worked out by the opposing sides. They were very proud of the "bipartisan" aspect of the bill.

Don't remember anything else about the bill, other than that the crafters of the bill were very frustrated when McConnell refused to give it a hearing in the Senate. I don't remember that he provided any reason beyond, "no, I won't." Since McConnell often brags that he does only what Trump requires, one cannot help but suspect that McConnell is running interference between the bill and the president as directed by the president. (Or because Big Pharm is Big Monies for the RNC.)

I think that exhausts all I know about this issue. Hope that helps.

Kate

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Kathy

I believe every time Americans contemplate lowering prescription costs we hear the rally call of how we bear the cost of creation of new drugs and other countries take advantage. It sounds as if it has been disproved and is more of a talking point than actual fact.

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chipotle

"President Trump largely glossed over health care in his State of the Union speech, but he did try to put one item on Congress’s to-do list: He promised if the body passed a bipartisan bill to reduce prescription drug costs, “I will sign it into law immediately.”

It was a statement that didn’t sit too well with some House Democrats, who passed comprehensive legislation to cut drug prices just a few weeks ago. So a few of them stood up, held three fingers in the air, and shouted “H-R-3” (the number of their bill) — interrupting Trump for a few awkward moments in the middle of his speech.

Democrats and Republicans actually do agree on the need to reduce drug costs. But not on how to do it. So despite Trump’s overtures, and the forceful Democratic response, it’s going to be hard for anything to get done.

The House bill — H.R.3 — has a few mechanisms for reducing prescription drug prices, but most notably, it would allow the US health department to directly negotiate the prices it will pay for up to 250 drugs every year. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the bill would save Medicare up to $450 billion over 10 years because of those new negotiating powers. CBO has also projected
about eight fewer drugs (out of an expected 300 over 10 years) would come to the market in the next decade because of the decrease in revenues for drug makers.

Despite Trump’s promises on the 2016 campaign trail that he would support proposals allowing Medicare drug negotiations, the White House threatened to veto the House plan. They called it a plan to institute government “price controls,” and said it would limit access to medicine, a favored talking point of the pharmaceutical lobby.

Even without this veto threat, H.R.3 is expected to be dead-on-arrival in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shown no interest in taking up the bill. It did, however, garner some small measure of bipartisan support — although Trump has thrown the weight of the White House against the bill, it did receive two House Republican votes in December."


https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/2/5/21123917/state-of-the-union-democrats-chanting-hr3-bill?fbclid=IwAR3G6_uIs6KYB4Yw4tYAwUe11QCsJeNTcjawUI9e7P8ekiXmo9YZhU04X4k

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