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Poll: Michelle Obama would be Hillary’s strongest Dem rival in 2016

If Michelle Obama decided to run for president in 2016, she would pose the most significant threat, among likely contenders, to Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the Democratic nomination, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

A telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted by the polling company found that in a hypothetical match-up between the current first lady and the former secretary of State, Clinton would best Obama 56 percent to 22 percent.

That may seem like a significant margin, but according to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, Elizabeth Warren, a popular hypothetical challenger to Clinton, receives only 12.5 percent to Clinton's 64 percent.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the only other major Democratic candidate in the race for president, is even further behind, with 7.4 percent. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his bid on May 30, fares the worst against Clinton, with 1.2 percent of support from likely voters.

The first lady is highly unlikely to mount a presidential campaign, however. In fact, of the people surveyed by Rasmussen, just 14 percent thought she should run.

More: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-campaigns/242068-poll-michelle-obama-would-be-hillarys-strongest-dem
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 14, 2015, 12:34 PM (13 replies)

Bernie Sanders:The war in Iraq was one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in modern history....

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 14, 2015, 12:06 PM (27 replies)

Bernie: Three Times More Americans Are Spending $100,000-Plus on Prescription Drugs

By: Maggie Fox

NBC News

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pricey cancer drugs, expensive new cures for hepatitis and made-to-order drugs have driven U.S. prescription costs to new highs for some Americans, according to a report issued Wednesday.

It finds that more than half a million Americans each took home $50,000 or more worth of prescription drugs last year.

And the number of super-high spenders prescribed $100,000 or more worth of medications nearly tripled from 47,000 to 139,000, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts says.

These are often very sick people, the report found. "Among patients whose drug costs reached at least $100,000, more than one-third were treated for at least 10 conditions and more than 60 percent were taking at least 10 different prescription medications," the report reads.

For those spending $100,000 or more a year, specialty, made-to-order drugs known as compounded therapies, as well as drugs for hepatitis C and to treat cancer accounted for two-thirds of the costs, Express Scripts found.

The hepatitis C drugs include Gilead Science's Sovaldi, which can cure the liver-destroying virus. Gilead charges $84,000 for the three-month drug course, and argues that it costs less than treating patients for a lifetime of liver disease.

Express Scripts, which has actively fought drug companies over their pricing, has refused to cover Gilead's other expensive hepatitis C drug Harvoni, and instead negotiated a deal with rival drugmaker Abbvie to get its hepatitis C drug Viekira at a discount.

The benefits manager, which covers about 85 million Americans, has also complained about pricey cancer drugs. Bristol-Myers Squibb's melanoma drug Yervoy can keep patients with terminal melanoma alive for a year or longer but it costs $120,000 for a course of treatment.

Patients are almost never bearing these high costs. Insurance plans covered more than 98 percent of the costs for patients whose drugs cost $100,000 or more in 2014. "Across the cost spectrum, patients in 2014 paid an average of 13.5 percent of their total medication costs, down from 14.9 percent in 2013," the report reads

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/three-times-more-americans-are-spending-100000-plus-on-prescription-drugs

More: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/more-americans-join-club-top-drug-spenders-n358071
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 13, 2015, 04:37 PM (14 replies)

Alan Grayson just called a reporter a "shitting robot"



http://mojo.ly/1EE0Bby
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 13, 2015, 02:54 PM (191 replies)

JohnFugelsang: If men could get pregnant...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 13, 2015, 02:48 PM (0 replies)

Luckovich: Free Wifi



http://theobamadiary.com/
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 13, 2015, 01:33 PM (1 replies)

The Cannabusiness Gazette

http://paper.li/denverpotvacay/1427216262?edition_id=e76f9da0-f863-11e4-8ecd-0cc47a0d1605
Posted by Playinghardball | Tue May 12, 2015, 06:07 PM (0 replies)

The Republican jobs bill...

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue May 12, 2015, 05:59 PM (6 replies)

Even Conservatives Find Bernie Sanders Honest...

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue May 12, 2015, 05:44 PM (6 replies)

We need to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue May 12, 2015, 05:35 PM (3 replies)
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