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On a Sunday afternoon in August, well being products and services researcher Stacie Dusetzina was once sitting by myself in her administrative center at Vanderbilt College, watching C-SPAN and crying.

The U.S. Senate was once vote casting on the Inflation Relief Act, which amongst different issues is designed to be sure that other people on Medicare pay much less for pricey medicine.

It’s a large deal. A variety of seniors pay $10,000 a yr or extra for medicine or do with out lifesaving remedy; as soon as the brand new regulation kicks in, it units an out-of-pocket restrict of $2,000 a yr. 

Dusetzina and her colleagues have spent years making the case for this modification, documenting the techniques present insurance policies go away other people within the lurch. 

The pharmaceutical business fought this modification enamel and nail — for many years. Julie Rovner, leader Washington correspondent for KHN, takes listeners on a adventure again to the past due Eighties, when Congress realized the price of messing with Large Pharma. 

“An Arm and a Leg” is a co-production of KHN and Public Street Productions.

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