Roge Karma

Roge Karma is the founder of BridgeUSA, which empowers students on over 30 college campuses to create spaces where individuals from across the political spectrum can engage in responsible discourse. 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Myth of American Innovation

The intrepid New Yorker pulls back the curtain on how private companies profit from taxpayer-funded research.

Erin Scott/Sipa USA via AP Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks on Capitol Hill. O ver the last decade, pharmaceutical companies have spent close to $2.5 billion lobbying members of congress, including hundreds of millions of dollars to help shape and promote the passage of Obamacare (which resulted in around $35 billion in additional profits for the industry). For years, politicians from across the political spectrum have given Big Pharma a pass . So, when this clip surfaced of an exchange between Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Aaron Kesselheim of Harvard during congressional hearings on the drug industry earlier this year, it was an eye-opener. With just two questions, Ocasio-Cortez punctured a gaping hole in the myth of pharmaceutical innovation: Ocasio-Cortez: “Would it be correct, Dr. Kesselheim, to characterize the NIH [National Institutes of Health] money that is being used in development and research as an early investment? The public is...