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The Wheelhouse: A Bad Week For Drugmakers, Journalists, And Sports Betting

May 15, 2019

State Attorney General William Tong says his office has diagnosed an aggressive cancer eating away at America's healthcare system.

According to Tong, it's triggered by scheming executives at many of the largest pharmaceutical companies illegally working together to artificially inflate the cost of generic drugs. Forty-three other states are joining the effort spearheaded by Connecticut's AG to litigate drugmakers into a court-ordered treatment plan.

It's hardly the first lawsuit targeting the skyrocketing price of prescription medicine. This week, we make a diagnosis of our own on whether the evidence compiled by Tong's team of attorneys is damaging enough to make a dent into those costs.

We also size up the latest measures by Gov. Ned Lamont to push his highway toll plan over the finish line this legislative session.

But what about sports betting, which if made legal could be a much faster revenue generator for the state than tolls? Lamont's not giving us much hope on that happening anytime soon.

And we raise concerns over troubling attempts to intimidate the news media, both here and abroad, including a recent episode in Bridgeport that left a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter in handcuffs.

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