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EpiPen users unleash wrath on Manchin: ‘Your daughter should be charged as an accomplice to murder’

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The EpiPen price-gouging scandal spilled onto Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) Facebook page as hundreds of angry commenters took him and his daughter, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, to task for profiting off life-threatening allergies.

They were reacting to reports that Bresch engineered the dramatic price increase in the price of a two-pack of EpiPens from about $100 in 2007, when Mylan acquired the drug, to up to $608.61 today. The EpiPen itself is nearly 40 years old, and despite claims by Mylan that “product improvements” had driven up costs, it has not made any real change to the device that carries a buck’s worth of the life-saving epinephrine.

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That brought the wrath of the internet down on Manchin, particularly as millions of Americans are at risk from deadly allergic reactions. Last year doctors inked some 3.6 million prescriptions for EpiPens.

One father told Manchin he could no longer afford enough EpiPens for his son who is “highly allergic” to bee stings.

Mark Pendleton

One woman said she could no longer afford EpiPens, but Bresch could afford the fanciest digs.

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Renee Marie Hernandez

One mother who needs EpiPens for herself and her daughter wrote, “With the gouging of the price for EpiPens, many people’s lives are in danger.”

Claudia Anderson

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Another called it a “crime” that she now had to spend more than $1,200 a year for Epipens for her kindergarten-aged son.

Joanna Hornyak Michalak

The link between the soaring costs for EpiPens and Bresch’s salary and compensation, which hit $18.9 million last year, was not lost on netizens.

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One nurse told Manchin his daughter was “the new face of corporate greed.”

John Williams

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The West Virginia senator was reminded that under Bresch, Mylan has become a corporate tax dodger.

Eric Lynn Thorensen

Bresch and Mylan were accused of allowing people to die to fatten their bank accounts.

Tom Welborn

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Plenty of people blamed Manchin for poor parenting skills.

Joan Morrison

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Others saw the father-daughter connection in political terms.

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While others say they are ashamed Manchin is a Democrat.

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Nearly 1,000 comments have flooded the top post on Manchin’s Facebook page, but commenters say many have been deleted.

Margy White

But it may be Manchin’s political career that will be deleted as a result of the scandal, with vows his days in the U.S. Senate are numbered.

Blair Englehart

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Arun Gupta contributes to The Washington Post, YES! Magazine, In These Times, The Progressive, Telesur, and The Nation. He is author of the forthcoming, Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste, from The New Press. Follow him on Twitter @arunindy or email at arun_dot_indypendent_at_gmail_dot_com.


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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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