Rand Paul makes Senate campaign stops in northern Kentucky; promises hearing in Kentucky on high cost of EpiPen

09/23/2016 01:59 PM

NEWPORT – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in northern Kentucky on Friday that he is in the process of organizing a hearing in the state, regarding the high cost of EpiPen, used to treat severe allergic reactions, and tetracycline, a medication used to treat acne.

The cost of EpiPen, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 for a two-pen set, to its current price of approximately $640.00.

Tetracycline has seen its costs increase as much as 7,000 percent.

On Wednesday, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, whose company manufactures EpiPen, defended the price increase before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, telling congressional members after fees and expenses, Mylan makes about $100 profit per set of EpiPen.

Paul, says that the high cost of the drugs is about a failure of government because when there is no competition, the prices will skyrocket.

“I think the government created the problem in the EpiPen,” Paul said. “The generic applied 7 years ago, and I’m going to have a hearing in Kentucky in the next couple of weeks on this very issue.”

“We’re going to bring the FDA to Kentucky, we’re going to talk to pharmacists, and people who have been affected by the prices, and we’re going to ask why the government couldn’t do a better job at allowing competition.”

In his remarks, Paul warned his supporters to not blame capitalism for the high cost of some medications.

Instead, Paul says to blame it on political cronyism.

“We do misplace our anger, but my fear of the misplaced anger is that we’re criticizing a system that’s made us wealthy,” Paul said. “Cronyism is what you’re seeing.”

Paul also addressed several other topics including his opposition to the $1.15 billion sale of tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted to kill legislation, supported by Paul, which would have halted the sale.

“You know, the Constitution was very clear,” Paul said. “If you’re going to go to war, Congress needs to vote on it, the people need to be involved in the debate, it needs to be out in a public forum, yet, we’ve been at war in Yemen, supplying bombs, refueling Saudi planes, and supplying them with weapons over a year, and yet, there’s been no debate.”

Another topic addressed by Paul was U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stopgap spending bill which the majority leader unveiled on Thursday.

The legislation provides more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus, as well as $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month’s devastating floods.

One thing absent, which angered Democrats, was $220 million to help Flint, Michigan and other cities with lead emergencies replace pipes and take steps to clean their water supply.

“I don’t like the idea of putting all of the spending bills together in one bill,” Paul said. “We don’t get to individually look at appropriations, there’s no amendments allowed on the floor, so my preference would be to have individual appropriation bills, and make individual decisions on this.”

Paul faces Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Nov. 8.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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  • viewer wrote on September 23, 2016 02:50 PM :

    Good afternoon, friends. Going forward, until closer to the election, we will be out and about, and not posting much on CN2. Going to be out and about trying to get some good people elected.

    I sent in a demo for Matt Jones’ new show, here in Lexington, at WLEX-TV. I’m hoping to get a call back so that I can be one of the guests, or what I like to call the prognosticator of the future. If Mr. Jones decides to have me as a guest, I have made some demands for my appearance. Some of my requests include: a bottle of Ale-8, 2 strong shots of Jim Beam bourbon, 6 jumbo shrimps for after the airing, and a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. That is just the way we celebrities roll.

    Now to politics.

    It was a good week in Washington, between the Wells Fargo and Epi pen hearings. It has been many years since I have seen the bipartisan outrage that was seen in these two hearings. It was good to see, too. Andy Beshear needs to open up a class action suit against Wells Fargo and join in with other Attorney Generals, across the nation. As for Epi pen, that was Washington and how Washington bureaucrats rig the system for political profits.

    Friends, Washington is broken. The elected leaders we send to Washington have to go so far right and so far left, that I truly believe they even dumb down themselves. You might laugh, but watching these hearings on CSPAN is pitiful. The people in charge of running these government agencies are horrendous. We have to find a way to be able to fire these federal employees. How some of them were able to climb up the chain is beyond me.

    Sen. Rand Paul needs to dig in to what was said yesterday, in the Department of Homeland Security and ICE’s struggles. Between the republicans needing cheap labor and the democrats needing votes, we are being flooded with immigrants. If the republicans don’t get out from underneath the Chamber of Commerce crowd, the democrats are going to have such a lead in voters that it isn’t going to matter anymore. Mitch McConnell and the republicans are turning their heads on this immigration issue. That is the way the Chamber of Commerce wants it to keep cheap labor flowing. These immigrants vote democrat for the entitlements. So, this is another example of how corporate America gets the cheap labor and the middle class is held responsible footing the bill for the cheap labor costs.

    Hope the next time you hear from me, I will be sitting next to Matt Jones going head to head against the liberals. Someone has to represent the middle class in republican circles. It might as well be us, I guess. The viewer.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on September 24, 2016 08:03 AM :

    Viewer, you are full of contradictions about immigrants. You say it’s all about cheap labor which means they are working their butts off in the heat. Then, you say all they come for are “entitlements.” So is it work or welfare? By the way, illegal immigrants can’t get welfare, food stamps, or unemployment insurance because they are NOT eligible. Must be a U.S. Citizen for that. Repubs have kept the minimum wage pushed down for many years so maybe now you can figure out why. But Repubs are pro family you know :)

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on September 24, 2016 08:03 AM :

    Viewer, you are full of contradictions about immigrants. You say it’s all about cheap labor which means they are working their butts off in the heat. Then, you say all they come for are “entitlements.” So is it work or welfare? By the way, illegal immigrants can’t get welfare, food stamps, or unemployment insurance because they are NOT eligible. Must be a U.S. Citizen for that. Repubs have kept the minimum wage pushed down for many years so maybe now you can figure out why. But Repubs are pro family you know :)

  • viewer wrote on September 24, 2016 10:04 AM :

    Good morning Cumberland Gap. I have never heard that I contradict myself before, nor have I heard that I am contrary. It isn’t like I don’t hear that every other day from my better half.

    Now, I am not going to be on here a lot going forward. So, don’t be coming on here throwing out big, wild liberal propaganda, and me not responding. Don’t feel like you have gotten one over on me, or in a rare instance think that I believe your propaganda is correct.

    Now, to address some of your post.

    Mitch McConnell in 2016 is nothing close to the Mitch McConnell who was sent to Washington in 1984. When we hear the republicans did this or believe that, it isn’t always the truth. What Mitch McConnell and the Washington elites have done is not in the best interest of the GOP, nor has what Harry Reed and the Clintons done in the best interest of the democrats. This is where the confusion hurts us all. This is the way they want it, too. Yes, there are some fundamental differences between Mitch and Bill Clinton, but they both have made their millions from the same little circles. That is what the public doesn’t get. You need to look no further than this EpiPen hearing, here. Mitch McConnell played a big role in the rise of EpiPen, as did the Obama administration getting it into the school systems. Mitch McConnell is a big player and gets his political money from Big Pharma. Big Pharma controls the FDA. It is like with the banks. It is a revolving door. You work with the government then go into corporate America. From corporate America, you go back to the government. When we pay taxes, we are not paying down the debt. We are paying for what these lobbyists have gotten Congress to sign off on.

    We need jobs. I might be a few years ahead of myself, but sooner than people think, there are not going to be employment opportunities to be had. I have said it and said it. Technology has replaced the need for workers. The internet has made brick and mortar obsolete. Older shopping malls around the country are being bought out by hospitals, healthcare groups, and even government entities. People don’t need to go out and look like they used to. Everything is on the internet. This helps UPS, FedEx, etc., but very few others. This is one place Kentucky’s location can be a positive. We can ship all over the country the same day. We have interstates going east, west, north and south.

    President Obama and his administration have gotten a pass on this economy. The national press and media outlets have done major damage to their credibility these past 8 years. They have gone over and beyond to cover up the true economy, from day one. It doesn’t matter if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected. Hard times, and I mean hard, are on the way.

    Let me give you a little something to think about. New car loans have been stretched out to 8 years, 96 months. Here is the kicker of all. Used car loans have been stretched out to 6.5 years. You have 6.5 years to pay off a used car loan. Can anyone, liberal, drunk, or high, make a case that this has a chance to work out? This is all crazy, and it is being done with the approval of Congress. They know this is not going to work. We have gone so far off the cliff that no one can say anything. Our auto industry is back. We are told. Let’s not change that propaganda. Keep that story going as long as we can.

    Insider Louisville had a story, last week, on Ford’s concept car, and their innovation going into these autonomous vehicles. This is very interesting stuff. We can’t fear technology. We have to embrace it and understand it, but technology has changed the workforce. Our pay structures and education system are not keeping up with these fast changing times. Like with getting old, we shouldn’t fight technology. We should try to learn how to adapt to this changing world because whether we like it or not, it is here. Every year going forward, we will see more and more advancements.

    Below is the Insider Louisville article about Ford’s autonomous cars. If you get time, it is a very interesting article. The viewer.

    Inside look: IL’s ride in Ford’s autonomous vehicle.
    By Boris Ladwig

    http://insiderlouisville.com/business/ford-by-2026-autonomous-vehicle-share-will-be-20/

  • viewer wrote on September 24, 2016 11:50 AM :

    Let me add some things that I want Sen. Rand Paul to take a look at.

    One being, the same thing is already happening with this much needed Narcan as did with the EpiPen, once the government got involved. Since the states have legalized Narcan, the prices have sky rocketed. The government has began purchasing large quantities of this life saving medication. Rand says capitalism is not broken. That is where I disagree. Capitalism is tied back to the tax payer, in today’s economy. Medicaid and Medicare purchase the most doses of EpiPen. This manipulates the free market and hikes the price up for people not on government assistance. This has gone on for years. The middle class is having to pay double because they are competing with their own tax dollars. I have a good feeling that this EpiPen scandal is going to change the way Big Pharma and the government purchase prescription medications going forward. We keep talking about entitlement reform, and it has to occur. Negotiating pharmaceutical prices is a great place to start.

    This week it was announced that Yahoo was breached by hackers a few years back. This was not known until this week. Rand Paul talks a lot about cyber security. Well, they need to get down into the weeds and have some kind of law describing how long is acceptable for a company to not tell it’s customers that their information has been hacked. We have seen this with retail chains and credit cards, as well. If the company doesn’t know they have been hacked that is one thing, but once they are aware of it, the public should be notified in a short period of time there after.

    The top four companies, in value, are tech companies. This is how much technology has changed e-commerce and the stock market. The top four valued companies have less than 100,000 employees in the United States. That speaks volumes of what the future holds, but here is something to ponder. Everyone is getting hacked today. With this lack of security over the web, what happens when the public pulls the plug on these computers? When Nasdaq is so vital in the stock market, like yesterday with Apple Inc. the numbers didn’t come in as thought. Apple Inc. went down in a flash. Our economy is based on less than 1 million jobs. If they don’t get this security right, it is going to be Katie bar the door, sooner than expected.

    It was announced this morning that NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, the wife of Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, had unfavorable opinions of our nominee, Donald J. Trump. I didn’t need to see her hacked e-mails to know how the national media is trying to fix this election for Hillary Clinton. If they can hack Colin Powell’s system, there is not a person in America who is not vulnerable to being hacked. The Senate needs to get to work and upgrade these internet laws that have been on the books since the 90’s. They need to realize it is 2016. I look for action to come, from Sen. Rand Paul, in early 2017.

    We need to know more, on how John Kerry turned over $1.3 billion to the Iranians. We can talk about Saudi Arabia and their money for arms, but how this money was sent to Iran goes to prove that Congress is not paying attention. I always thought the House of Representatives controlled the purse. Well, this must not be the case anymore. We are in greater debt than ever before, but we can find over a billion dollars to give to the greatest terror regime the world has ever known. Let’s just say, to be fair, that we owed them $400 million. Ok. Why would we give them $800 million more? What explains the $800 million?

    We have members of Congress who are dumbing down the system to try and get elected. We have masterminds trying to globalize the world, implementing their agenda every day. I am sick of hearing a bunch of garbage, when they come home to explain what is going on in Washington. If John Kerry is passing out billions of dollars to our enemies, what in the Hell are our members of Congress doing here in Kentucky and not back in Washington doing their damn job? The viewer.

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