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At a time when working families continue to struggle, poll after poll shows that the vast majority of the American people support the provisions in President Joe Biden‘s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act.
Some 88 percent believe we should lower the cost of prescription drugs, 84 percent believe we should expand Medicare to include dental care, hearing aids and eye glasses, 73 percent support establishing Paid Family and Medical Leave, and 67 percent want universal Pre-K. Further, 67 percent believe the federal government should raise taxes on high-income people and corporations to help pay for these desperately needed programs – which is what this legislation does.
So, given this overwhelming support, why is it taking so long for Congress to pass this bill? The answer is simple. Follow the money.
FILE — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is seen in the Capitol after the senate conducted a procedural vote on the infrastructure bill on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
As part of our corrupt, big-money dominated political system, the pharmaceutical industry is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying, campaign contributions and