Views from the California Labor Movement

Governor Signs SB 17 (Hernandez)—the strongest prescription drug transparency bill in the country!

By Sara Flocks
October 9, 2017

Victoria Stuessel is 32-year old wife and mother from La Puente, California. A year ago she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is a disabling disease of the central nervous system. She was put on a cocktail of drugs that costs her and her family $7000 a month, even with their health coverage. She also takes six drugs to treat the symptoms of MS that cost over $1,200 a month. When Victoria relapses, she needs a 5-day IV infusion of very expensive high-dose steroids—and she never knows when she’ll need them so it’s impossible to budget for that expense. There is no cure for MS. These are drugs that Victoria will have to take every day for the rest of her life.


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Iconic labor leader Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned for refusing to fight in WWI. While in prison, he ran for president and received 1 million votes in 1919!

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