Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

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February 24 - March 02
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    Why Are American Consumers Still Paying The Bill For "Research & Development" For Prescription Drugs?

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 25, 2019

    Phil Kerpen—president of American Commitment—talks on why foreign price controls force Americans to pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and why we need to break these price controls in trade negotiations!

    According to Kerpin, Americans are justifiably angry that we pay the highest prescription drugs prices in the world – anger President Trump tapped into on the campaign trail.  The disparity exists because other rich countries use price control schemes, forcing American consumers to provide the returns on capital that justify the enormous research and development costs associated with bringing new cures to market;  the rest of the world free-rides on our innovation.

    The good news is that the Trump administration has been aggressive on the trade front in efforts to break foreign price control regimes; the bad news is that the Trump administration is also proposing to actually import foreign price control regimes into the Medicare program by adopting a payment formula that is pegged to foreign prices.

    In its recent report “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) looked at “the impact on medical innovation of the U.S. adopting European-style price controls” and found: “If M4A would entail the same experience with below-market prices as other countries with socialized medicine, it would reduce the world market size and thereby medical innovation, and ultimately mean that future patients would forgo the health gains that would have come from these forgone innovations.”

    It is remarkable that, just days later, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar proposed setting prices for drugs in the Medicare Part B program, which are doctor-administered drugs, with a formula based on foreign price controls.

    That would directly undercut the efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative to combat foreign price controls.  A recent study by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity found that eliminating price controls in OECD countries would result in eight to 13 more drugs coming to market every year by 2030 and raise life expectancy in the United States by 1.1 to 1.6 years.

    The U.S. Commerce Department has found that easing foreign price control regimes could, by increasing research and development of new drugs, result in more competition and lower prices in the domestic U.S. market.

    Doing the opposite – imposing foreign price controls to the domestic market – would have disastrous consequences.

    Join us, as we discuss prescription drug costs for Americans with Phil Kerpin, President of American Commitment.

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    Billings Mayor Bill Cole & What Is "One Big Sky Center"? And Why We All Should Know About It

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 26, 2019

    Mayor of Billings, Montana will be on the air to explain exactly what Billings and “One Big Sky” are proposing to the Montana Legislature.

    Joining us will be Billings Police Captain Kevin Iffland who is also the Billings assistant city administrator who’s been with the Billings Police Department 23 years.

    Mr. Iffland, 48, is also in charge of the Office of Professional Standards, where he supervises many of the department’s support services and special assignments. As part of his job, he fields complaints against officers and is in charge of internal affairs investigations. Crime prevention, hiring and training are also under his purview.
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    Campaign to Stop Terrorists from Recruiting American Kids! International Human Rights Advocate-Raheel Raza

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 27, 2019

    Raheel Raza—Clarion Project Advisory Board member, a founding member of the Muslim Reformer Movement, and international human rights activist—to come on the show regarding the Clarion Project’s new “Preventing Violent Extremism” campaign to prevent the spread of radical Islamic ideology and violence among American children and youth.  Might you have some time to have Raheel Raza on the show this week or next week?

    The FBI is investigating radical Islamic terror plots in all 50 states, but many Americans are ignorant to this fact and wrongly believe “it won’t happen to me.”  The U.S. has no national program to prevent and counter violent extremism—and most local programs intervene too late.

    Raheel Raza contends that America’s youth are being radicalized, and that this crisis requires immediate action to prevent violent attacks in the United States and Western world.

    Raheel Raza:  “According to CIA estimates about 2000 Westerners have travelled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS.  It’s estimated that from these more than 100 came from the USA.”

    Raheel Raza:  “The radicalization of youth is at a crisis level and in speaking with parents, youth, activists and legislators, there is a general agreement that there need to be programs put into place to help the youth.  Essentially there is not safe space “between the Mosque and the Mall” for Muslim youth to express their concerns.  The ones who are recruited are troubled youth with nowhere to turn, hence the mercenaries pounce on them—both Muslim and non-Muslim.”

    Raheel Raza:  “Clarion Project’s plan to educate youth before they are radicalized is a way of resolving the issue.  Their films and educational material addresses the issues that many people do not want to address given the politically correct climate we live in.  However hate taught at a young age is something we must address.  As a mother and grandmother I am concerned about the next generation of Muslim youth and want to provide support before it’s too late.”

    Radicalization can affect all children at any age. A child can be radicalized by race supremacists, religious extremists and social militarization.  Once a child is on the conveyor belt to radicalization, it’s nearly impossible to get off.  We can stop our kids from being pulled onto the conveyor belt in the first place.  Parents, teachers, a whole community, can prevent the radicalization process.  We just need to know the signs and how to respond.  Every child deserves to be protected against radicalization…and its repercussions.

    The Clarion Project’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” (PVE) campaign is a training program offered to the public, educators, law enforcement and government sectors that provides a three-stage strategy as follows:

    1)    How radicalization works and the process of recruitment

    2)    How to identify the tendencies in a child that would potentially lead him or her to extremism

    3)    How to meet the emotional and psychological needs of these children

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    The Montana "Law Makers" Report From The 66th Legislative Assembly In Helena

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 28, 2019

    We will have 4-legislators join us.

    When we get confirmation of guests very soon, we will add to this page.

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    Fraud Watch Friday with Al Ward, Montana State President of AARP & The Scams Focusing On The Elderly - Plus, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 1, 2019

    Al Ward, with AARP will tip us off on all the different scams people are experiencing at different times each year

    AARP Montana’s State President Alex Ward is the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.  AARP has more than 150,000 members statewide and more than 38 million members nationwide.

    Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte has introduced the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act, the TARA Act, with Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

    The legislation will combat meth use across Montana and improve the ability of Indian tribes to address the scourge of meth.

    “Montana is suffering a crisis of methamphetamine use, which affects not only the addicts, but also their families, communities and even babies who are born addicted,” Gianforte said. “This tragic epidemic requires more resources and the focus of officials at all levels of government.”

    Gianforte toured the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown on Thursday, February 22, 2018. While there, he talked with the center’s manager as well as the sheriff, under-sheriff, and county attorney about strategies for combating meth use.

    Gianforte met the following day with Judge Mary Jane Knisely who presides over the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court. Judge Knisely introduced Gianforte to members of the court, including law enforcement officials, veterans, attorneys, and other personnel. Each shared how the court plays a critical, effective role in helping address drug abuse.

    Background on Methamphetamines in Montana:

    Montana saw a 427 percent increase in methamphetamine violations from 2010-2015.

    Fifty-four percent of investigations conducted by Montana Narcotics Bureau agents involve meth.

    Methamphetamines account for the second most drug violations in Montana at 31 percent; marijuana accounts for 57 percent of drug violations in the state.

    Background on the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act:

    The TARA Act, H.R. 5140, makes meth and other addiction programs eligible for funds authorized to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted in 2016.

    The legislation makes tribes eligible to receive funds for federal programs that address the crises of opioids and meth use.

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