Politics About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More What is it? GET STARTED ‘We have to get back on track’: Democrats lose patience with Trump on drug pricing [email protected] What’s included? Erin Mershon Senior News Editor Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED President Trump spent the last several weeks blasting Democrats for refusing to work with Republicans on health care. Now, two of the Democrats who have shown the most willingness to work with him on one specific health issue ― drug pricing ― are blasting him back.Reps. Peter Welch of Vermont and Elijah Cummings of Maryland made headlines when they agreed to meet Trump at the White House in March to discuss efforts to bring down drug prices, even as many of their colleagues worked to distance themselves from the president. The pair came away from that meeting optimistic about Trump’s willingness to press for relatively liberal changes, like allowing the importation of drugs from Canada or letting Medicare negotiate drug prices. Alex Hogan/STAT By Erin Mershon June 23, 2017 Reprints Tags Congressdrug pricingpharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+TrumpWhite House @eemershon STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Max Gomez will be joined on stage by Leslie Stevens. Photo by Julia BrokawStevens also will entertain the crowd with her own work before Gomez takes the stage. New Mexico’s own Max Gomez makes his fifth annual visit up the Hill Dec. 29 to bring his folk-Americana to the good people of Los Alamos at Fuller Lodge. He will once again be backed by some of the finest musicians in New Mexico and will bring a rising talent who he works with in his new base of Los Angeles, Leslie Stevens. Music begins at 7:30 p.m., though dinner from Muy Salsas and beer and wine from Bathtub Row will be available at 6:30 p.m. when the doors open. Gomez’s shows have sold out about a week in advance the past three years and a third of all tickets have already sold, so interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets early. They are available for $25 at Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (cash or check only), or online for $28.50 at liveinlosalamos.com. COMMUNITY News: Gomez promises to roll out some of his new material while intermixing plenty of the tunes his audience has come to love over the years. A few tunes will be done with Stevens, whose songwriting captures elements of pure county and some more unorthodox approaches. Musician Max Gomez performs Dec. 29. Courtesy photo Gomez has won a loyal following among locals with his heartfelt lyrics, unorthodox finger-picking on the guitar and willingness to recruit others to entertain his followers in town.
For a fourth consecutive year, the Farmington Farmers Market took top honors in WDIV-TV’s Vote 4 the Best competition among metro Detroit markets.Online voters determine the winners in multiple categories. The downtown market soared to the top in a field of 20 nominees, and locals say that’s neither luck nor accident.Farmers Market volunteers raised a fourth banner last week to celebrate the 2020 WDIV Best Of 4-peat win. (Farmington Farmers Market)Extra special winMarket Manager Walt Gajewski said this year’s win is extra special, considering the uncertainty of the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“There were so many unknowns, beginning with, were we even going to open the market, and then redoing our operating model, keeping up with and implementing state guidelines,” he said. “And now, here we are, more than 10 weeks into the season, and over 20,000 people to date have enjoyed direct access to fresh grown local produce from Michigan farms.”Gajewski said the award is a tribute to the greater community, volunteers, sponsors, city leaders, and Farmington’s public safety and public services departments, who are “the pulse behind Saturday life in a Michigan small town.”Hard-earned, well-deservedFarmington Mayor Sara Bowman described the win as “hard-earned and well-deserved. It’s another feather in the cap of what makes Farmington great.”“It’s no accident, and definitely not luck, that the market has earned the top title four years in a row,” she said. “The attention to detail and emphasis on ensuring our farmers meet the highest standards definitely set us apart. While we enjoy the Market from May through October, it is a year-round labor for Walt. He personally visits each farm to guarantee we receive the best quality, products, and service.”The Farmington Farmers Market has grown slowly over the past few months, now expanded into Riley Park.A-plus vendors, feel-good communityWright Beamer Attorneys has long supported the market as a sponsor, attorney Dirk Beamer said.“I served as President of the Downtown Development Authority when we inaugurated the park and pavilion, and since then, our firm has tried to support the market in any way possible,” he said. “The market reflects what is best about the greater Farmington community: local volunteers, a friendly and diverse crowd, easy access and walkability, and a commitment to things done right.”“When you put A-plus vendors and their products in the heart of a feel-good community, you turn shopping into an outing,” he added. “The market’s not an errand, it’s an event. And a great event at that.”Bowman said she is personally grateful to each of the volunteers who set up every Saturday morning in downtown Farmington. “They truly set us apart from other markets, and it’s something I hear over and over from visitors. Even the masks cannot hide the warm welcome we all receive at the entrance gate.”Masks are now required at the Farmington Farmers Market, and visitors are encouraged to social distance.Banding together for the marketVolunteer coordinator Mary Martin said the market has had a core group from the beginning of the season, and others have joined along the way. The majority are seniors, an “at risk” population. Some work 2-hour shifts at the entrances and exits, others stay for the day.Thanks to donations from Beaumont Health, kits provided by Oakland County, and a donation of “market masks” from Bowman, Saturday volunteers receive masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and water at the beginning of their shifts. Martin said it’s important for volunteers to know they’re safe and appreciated.Another volunteer puts in long hours behind the scenes, as well as on market days. Peggy Castine helps with marketing and maintaining farmingtonfarmersmarket.com, which has proved quite an undertaking with vendor information and pre-orders as part of the mix, Martin said.Volunteers are kept in the loop with the latest COVID-19 developments; Gajewski regularly shares information about market operations.“Everyone is banding together to make sure the market still succeeds,” Martin said. “That is as important to the volunteers as it is to the city, to Walt, and to the vendors… They know what it takes to get there, and they’ve been part of that.”To learn more about the Farmington Farmers Market, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com or follow the market on Facebook and Instagram. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)