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NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescription Drug Co-Pays for Military Families

Chris Smith voted to double the cost of prescription drug co-pays for military families. In 2006, the Bush administration doubled the cost of prescription co-pays for military families under Tri-Care health coverage. Democrats introduced legislation restoring the original co-pays of $3 for generic drugs and $9 for brand name drugs, but Chris Smith and other Republicans voted to block the legislation. [HR 5122, vote #139, 5/11/06; Leadership document, “Democrats Are Fighting for Military Families,” 5/11/06]

According to research, many military families face difficult financial challenges. Over 20% of military families report having received WIC aid or food stamps from the government. While a few dollars saved might not mean much to Chris Smith, who has voted to raise his own salary by $32,600 since 1999, every dollar helps our military families afford basic necessities.[Washington Post/Kaiser Foundation Military Families Survey March 2004 CRS: Salaries of Members of Congress Updated January 8, 2008; 1999 Vote #300; 2000 Vote #419; 2001 House Vote #267; 2002 House Vote #322; 2003 House Vote #463; 2004 House Vote #451; 2005 House Vote #327; 2006 vote #261; 2007 Vote #580]

“Before veterans are veterans, they are servicemen and servicewomen. Military families deserve to know why Chris Smith voted to double their prescription drug co-pays,” said Josh Zeitz campaign manager Steve D’Amico.

This vote is another example of why I’m working to elect Josh Zeitz and bring Chris Smith back to New Jersey. I know you know want to turn the seat blue, so if you can volunteer, please email me at: ian_at_joshzeitz_dot_com. To learn more about Josh and his stance on the issues, please visit his website.

Pharmacists can still refuse Rx’s & Baroni’s “Unprogressive” Vote

The Star Ledger issued a correction on Jun 14:

An article Tuesday said pharmacists would be legally obligated to set aside their moral and religious beliefs and fill any prescription under a bill approved by the Assembly. The amended bill makes the pharmacy, not the individual pharmacists, responsible for filling prescriptions.

We can infer that the legal prescription in question is emergency contraception. It is disconcerting to believe that pharmacists don’t know that the mechanism of action is primarily prevention of ovulation or the production of an ovum which is more resistant to fertilization. Perhaps there is another reason?

Published evidence clearly indicates that Plan B can interfere with sperm migration by altering the cervical and uterine environment, and that preovulatory use of Plan B usually suppresses the LH surge either completely or partially, which in turn either prevents ovulation or leads to the release of ova that are resistant to fertilization. Epidemiological evidence rules strongly against interruption of fallopian tube function by Plan B. Evidence that would support direct involvement of endometrial damage or luteal dysfunction in Plan B’s contraceptive mechanism is either weak or lacking altogether. Both epidemiologic and clinical studies of Plan B’s efficacy in relation to the timing of ovulation are inconsistent with the hypothesis that Plan B acts to prevent implantation.


Slippery slope, what’s next? Refuse to stock HIV meds (then I won’t have to deal with teh gays)? Bring your wife and your marriage license to the pharmacy to fill your viagra prescription? No hormones for the transgendered?

“A potentially problematic issue is pharmacies that prohibit the sale of emergency contraception, even when they sell ordinary birth control pills,” says Cynthia Dailard, senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. “There is no rational reason to single out emergency contraception for less favorable treatment than other contraceptive pills. Both types of pills work in the same way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, and how they work depends more on when in a woman’s menstrual cycle the pills are taken than on when the woman last had sexual intercourse.”

Among the anti-choice Republicans to vote NO to making pharmacies fill legal prescriptions, was my Assemblyman and State Senate candidate Bill Baroni, which, for me, settles the claim as to whether he can be counted among progressives in the legislature. 

I wonder what he would tell Suzanne?

By the time Suzanne Richards, 21, finally got another pharmacy to fill her morning-after pill prescription — after being rejected by a drive-through Brooks Pharmacy in Laconia, N.H., one late Saturday night in September — the 72 hours had long passed.

“When he told me he wouldn’t fill it, I just pulled over in the parking lot and started crying,” said Richards, a single mother of a 3-year-old who runs her own cleaning service. “I just couldn’t believe it. I was just trying to be responsible.”

News Round-up and Open Thread for Tuesday, August 22

Open Thread: What’s on your mind, Blue Jersey?

News Round-up for Thursday, May 25

  • While Gov. Corzine was abroad, pushing Our Fair State as an interntational center of stem cell research, Catholic groups here at home joined Assemblymen Neil Cohen and Louis Greenwald in supporting (non-embryonic) stem cell research. Catholic hospitals will be encouraging patients to donate umbillical cord blood and palcental stem cells after births.
  • Gov. Corzine has named as a top priority the passage of a bill establishing a web site with a comparative list of prescription drug retail prices. The site will cost an estimated $1 million to establish, but proponents say it is well worth the cost.
  • The New Jersey Work Environment Council has identified 110 sites which are threatening to public safety in the event of accidents or attacks; six sites could endanger a million or more people.  The Chemistry Council of New Jersey was furious at the publication of the list: “Releasing this information… has put the workers and surrounding communities at risk of a terrorist attack,” stated executive director Hal Bozarth.
  • The first cancer vaccine will be in doctor’s offices next month, and state officials are considering adding it to the battery of required immunizations for girls at age 11. The vaccine, produced by Merck, protects against cervical cancer.
  • Prosecuters are attempting to try two juveniles as adults for their part in planning a Columbine-style attack on Winslow High School. Two other teenagers are also being charged in the plot.
  • Do our kids know their science? Half to two-thirds of ’em, anyway. Middle school students in Jersey scored a little higher than average in national ranking in the 2005 National Educational Assessment Program, but scores declined as students got older, and there were big gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups. (Maybe it’s time for less SpongeBob and more Bill Nye.)
  • Or, maybe the kids were just breathing in too many bus fumes. The Union of Concerned Scientists rates Our Fair State’s efforts to reduce school bus emissions as “poor.” Our current soot emmsion rating is a B, because of a relatively new fleet of busses. That seems good; I don’t (cough) see what the (cough, hack) fuss is about (cough, cough, HACK.)
  • I probably oughtta stay away from the casinos until I get that cough checked out. The gambling floors are still smoker-friendly but the remainder of the building is not, forcing employees in Atlantic City now to go outside to light up. The neighbors are getting annoyed about the smell.  I sympathize; but really, welcome to our world, folks- most public buildings in NJ have been smoke-free for a while, forcing smokers outdoors to form a smoky crowd around the doors. You get used to it after a while.