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What's the Cost to the American People of Keeping Senators Like Patty Murray in Office?

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For example, "As Wade's department regulates Cigna and its PBM, her husband is an in-house Cigna attorney and her father-in-law, James Wade, is a partner in a law firm working for the PBM, OptumRX, named as a defendant in the Connecticut price-gouging suit. That same law firm lobbies for Cigna and for the health insurance industry's trade association in the state."

Also, that Malloy "is the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, which raised more than $6 million from donors in the health insurance and drug industries during the 2016 election cycle," and much much more.

Malloy is good on many issues (read about him here), but he works for people who want to rob you blind when you most need help -- when you're sick and need medicine.

"Do You Want Nice Things, or Do You Want Democrats?"

That's a trick question. You can have Democrats or Republicans, but you can't get nice things like reasonably priced prescription drugs from either of them.

Until the Democratic Party is forced to kick corrupt politicians like "fake progressive" Patty Murray and industry lackey Dannel Malloy (and dozens and dozens more) to the curb, you can't have most nice things -- Medicare for All, reasonable prescription drug prices, student debt relief, fair internet and telecom prices, all the rest -- with or without the Democrats.

The choices are these: Corrupt, political-shipwreck-causing Republicans who will rob you blind -- or corrupt, politically competent Democrats ... who will rob you blind.

Did someone say "brand new Congress"? The next chance is 2018.

In the meantime, it's up to you to decide if control of the Senate is important enough to keep the Senators listed above well-fed and free to swan about in D.C. like they own the place. They may indeed own the place, but they're buying it with your money -- and in the case of sky-high drug prices, with many of your lives as well.

("Oh, it's you, Senator. Let me take you to your table -- the best, of course, as you requested. Allow me to take your coat. Three people died in your state last week to finance how I'm greeting you now. Would you like to see the wine list, or should I decant your usual?")

Of the names listed at the top, only five are not up for re-election in 2018 -- Bennet, Booker, Coons, Murray (unfortunately), and Warner. All the rest, including "fake progressive" Maria Cantwell, are vulnerable. If you live in one of the states they represent, their future is in your hands.

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