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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather modest. We plan to hang with a short person or two, catch up on some reading, and promenade with the official mascot. We should note, though, we are taking an extended break to observe ancient rituals on Monday, so a pinch hitter has been designated in our stead. And what about you? This remains a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors. You could arrange for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election. Or reach out to someone feeling isolated. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe — wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

President Trump pledged to send $200 prescription drug coupons to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks,” a political ploy to curry favor with seniors who view drug prices as a priority, STAT explains. His promise comes less than six weeks before Election Day, and represents the latest step in his administration’s (and his campaign’s) efforts to amass health care talking points, even if their actions do little to save Americans money.

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  • May one observe that this truly is “doubling down”? “President Trump pledged to send $200 prescription drug coupons… ” As I recall, earlier this week, the goal was $100 drug cost cards, sent and paid for by the pharma companies. These will be paid by the Treasury, it seems.

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