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Today on Context Florida: Martin Shkreli, political inaction and buttering up in Martin County

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Today on Context Florida:

Martin Dyckman talks about Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager who bought the sole source of the lifesaving drug Daraprim and raised its price from $18 to $750 per pill. His message to people with weakened immune systems suffering from the parasitic disease toxomoplasis was the same as the old Jack Benny joke: “Your money or your life.” In this instance, though, it was no joke.

The welfare system is crashing, healthcare is broken; politicians are paralyzed by personal attacks and inaction, writes Marc Yacht. Political leadership infighting must give way for productive action. Countries and corporations have collapsed with failed leadership. A focus on U.S. poverty, needed universal healthcare, and community infrastructure renewal, requires political will, collaboration, and every available dollar, Yacht says.

Sally Swartz reports on two members of Martin County’s legislative delegation – state Rep. Gayle Harrell and state Sen. Joe Negron — who listened for hours last week while more than 30 residents buttered them up, begged for money, griped about the Florida Legislature’s recent bad decisions and brought wish lists for 2016.

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