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At a time when working families proceed to battle, ballot after ballot shows that the overwhelming majority of the Americans individuals assist the provisions in President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act. 

Some 88 % imagine we should always decrease the price of pharmaceuticals, 84 % imagine we should always increase Medicare to embody dental care, listening to aids and eye glasses, 73 % assist establishing Paid Family and Medical Leave, and 67 % need common Pre-Ok. Further, 67 % imagine the federal authorities ought to elevate taxes on high-income individuals and companies to help pay for these desperately wanted packages – which is what this laws does.

So, given this overwhelming assist, why is it taking so lengthy for Congress to go this invoice? The reply is straightforward. Follow the cash.

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As a part of our corrupt, big-money dominated political system, the pharmaceutical trade is now spending tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} on lobbying, marketing campaign contributions and tv advertisements to defeat this laws as a result of it doesn’t need Medicare to negotiate for decrease prescription drug costs. In order to enhance their income they need American taxpayers to proceed paying, by far, the best costs on the planet for our medication – typically ten occasions greater than the individuals in different international locations.


Last yr alone, whereas nearly one out of four Americans couldn’t afford to fill the prescriptions their medical doctors wrote, six of the largest pharmaceutical companies made practically $50 billion in income and the ten highest paid executives in the industry made greater than $500 million in compensation. In order to protect their corrupt and grasping pricing system, the drug firms employed practically 1,500 lobbyists, together with former leaders of the Republican and Democratic events, to shield their pursuits. That is 3 lobbyists for each member of Congress. Unbelievable! 

But let’s be clear. Opposition to this invoice is not only restricted to the pharmaceutical trade. 

Biden's 'build back better' plan faces bipartisan backlashVideo

At a time when thousands and thousands of senior residents and other people with disabilities can not afford the house well being care, dental care, listening to aids, and eyeglasses they desperately want, non-public medical health insurance firms are strongly opposed to this laws. They are spending tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to defeat this invoice as a result of they don’t need Congress to increase Medicare to present dental, listening to, and imaginative and prescient advantages and so they apparently don’t need seniors to obtain the standard care they want in their very own houses.

And it’s not simply the well being care trade and massive drug firms. The fossil gas trade is launching a serious promoting marketing campaign to defeat this laws as a result of it appears to be extra involved about defending their short-term income than addressing the existential risk of local weather change. 

Biden says $3.5T spending bill will cost 'nothing'Video

At a time of record-breaking forest fires, drought, rising sea ranges and excessive climate disturbances the fossil gas trade has, since 2000, spent greater than $2 billion on lobbying to shield its particular pursuits and forestall the federal authorities from making cuts in carbon emissions to shield our planet. 

Further, at a time of huge wealth and earnings inequality – when the 2 richest individuals on this nation own more wealth than the underside 40 % – the billionaire class is vigorously opposing this laws as a result of it needs to stop Congress from making the wealthiest individuals and most worthwhile companies lastly begin paying their justifiable share of taxes. 

The company elite appear to love the concept billionaires have a decrease efficient tax charge than nurses or academics and that, in a given yr, there are dozens of worthwhile companies that don’t pay a nickel in federal earnings tax.

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Let’s be clear. The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act won’t solely increase Medicare, enhance dwelling well being look after the aged and disabled, decrease prescription drug costs, fight local weather change, and demand that the rich and huge companies pay their justifiable share of taxes.

It will minimize little one poverty in half by extending the $300 a month direct funds for working class mother and father that expire in December.

It will permit greater than 1,000,000 ladies to get again into the workforce by ensuring that working families pay not more than 7 % of their incomes on little one care and make pre-school free for each 3 and 4 yr previous in America.

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It will finish the worldwide embarrassment of the United States of America being the one main nation on earth not to assure paid household and medical go away as a human proper. Under this laws, we are going to now not inform working mothers that they need to return to work per week or two after giving start so as to put meals on the desk and pay the lease.

It will tackle the labor scarcity in America by making group faculties tuition free in order that younger individuals have the chance to purchase the talents they want for the good-paying jobs which might be going unfilled at the moment.

Will all Democrats stand collectively to shield the pursuits of the aged, the youngsters, the sick and the poor? Will all Democrats stand collectively to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical trade, the medical health insurance firms, the fossil gas trade, and rich marketing campaign contributors? 

I actually hope so.