Letters to the Editor

Drug price transparency + white supremacists + Equifax hack

Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta.
Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. AP

Drug prices

Re “If California doesn’t stand up to drug companies, who will?” (Editorials, Sept. 7): The editorial supporting the so-called drug pricing “transparency” bill, Senate Bill 17, ignores important facts. Drug prices are stable. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports growth in prices for all drugs was 2.1 percent last year, and it’s expecting even less growth this year. Prescription drug spending is 14 percent of health care spending. According to health insurers’ data, hospital and physician services are responsible for 75 percent of premium increases. Prescription drugs? Less than 20 percent. The Council for Affordable Health Coverage has proposed reforms that will protect innovation and help expand access to affordable medicine. SB 17 is based on a flawed view of drug prices. Gov. Jerry Brown should reject this bill.

Jim Greenwood, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Washington, D.C.

Free speech

Re “Should we restrict white nationalist demonstrations? California Democrats say yes” (sacbee.com, Sept. 12): The poorly worded poll question asked people whether “we have gone too far in allowing these groups to carry out these types of demonstrations, which can increase racial tensions and lead to violence.” Different people surely interpreted the term “these types of demonstrations” in different ways. People who say they agree could be asking to restrict the white supremacists’ free speech. They also could be asking for restrictions on carrying clubs and guns, masking their faces, and attacking others. I suspect most people realize the strongest weapon against white supremacists is free speech and would not want to suppress it.

Greg deGiere, Sacramento

Equifax debacle

Re “State to explore legal action against Equifax” (sacbee.com, Sept. 13): The Equifax hack has the potential to flood the economy with fraudulent transactions. Equifax is potentially responsible for a fatal blow to our economy. Executives added insult to injury by selling stock while delaying notice to the public, which did not authorize Equifax to store data in unencrypted form.

Robert Reark, Granite Bay

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