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Econ Prof Protests Gross Distortion of Work by WSJ and Clinton Campaign

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JB: I'm with you, Jerry! Thanks so much for talking with me. I'm glad we were able to clear up the muddle regarding your work and the Clinton campaign.

*bonus story about Italy:

GF: I was in Rome on sabbatical (writing a book on American liberalism, still working on it) in Fall 2013. Our younger daughter, recent college graduate at the time, was traveling around Europe and came to visit and we took her up to Florence. On the way there, she started feeling sick and after visiting the Uffizi (priorities) we took her to the ER at Santa Maria Nuova, one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. The doctor found she had an ear infection and gave her two prescriptions (pain relief and antibiotic). Leaving, my wife asked him how to pay and he looked quizzically at her and said they were all done, "Ciao". She took out her credit card and asking where she should go to pay while waving it at a nurse who responded: "Italian hospital, no pay. Not like America."

My wife took our daughter to our apartment but, as the dad, I was charged with getting the prescriptions filled. I took them to an open pharmacy across from the Duomo. The view was stunning but I was disappointed to see there were no magazines to look at while I waited. The reason was soon obvious: without having to deal with insurance, the pharmacist fills prescriptions very quickly. And, they were cheap! 13 Euros (about $16) for the two. When I returned home, I asked at CVS how much they would have been: $57. The Italian government buys for all of Italy and negotiates drug prices.

Thanks very much for your interview! It was fun!! And I've heard positive feedback and noticed many retweets and facebook postings!


*According to the Institute for Public Accuracy: "Clinton is apparently echoing a Wall Street Journal piece from last year: "Price Tag of Bernie Sanders' Proposals: $18 Trillion," which relies on the analysis of Professor Gerald Friedman."

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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