Marty Schladen is a reporter for the Ohio Capital Journal, which first published this report.
Ohio abortion foes are banking on a low-turnout August election.
By: Marty Schladen - May 8, 2023
Supporters of the push to make it a lot harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution have given many, sometimes-inconsistent reasons for wanting to do it. But clearly a major one is to try to block an abortion-rights amendment that is currently in the works. To pull off the maneuver, abortion opponents are trying […]
U.S. Supreme Court justices take lavish gifts — then raise the bar for bribery prosecutions
By: Marty Schladen - May 4, 2023
Justice Clarence Thomas might be the most egregious when it comes to taking gifts and not disclosing them, but he’s not alone. His colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court also haven’t been shy about taking fancy freebies from rich people — many of whom have an interest in the actions of the court. The justices […]
Analysis: Theory vs. reality. The Dobbs ruling and women’s health
By: Marty Schladen - October 19, 2022
When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned abortion protections in Roe v Wade, the majority wrote that it’s up to the states to decide whether to allow abortions, restrict them or to ban them altogether. In other words, the six justices were saying that the U.S. Constitution gives no more protections to people who can get pregnant than it does to a zygote, the cell that’s formed when a human sperm fuses with a human egg.
Study: More Republicans than Democrats likely died of COVID
By: Marty Schladen - October 4, 2022
It’s already known that hundreds of thousands of Americans would still be alive if every eligible person had gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. Now new research strongly suggests that many more of those “excess deaths” in Ohio and Florida were among people with Republican voter registrations. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Republicans were more reluctant to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 1 million in the United States and more than 6.5 million worldwide.
Experts: Dems’ drug measures are good for seniors. But there are downsides
By: Marty Schladen - August 15, 2022
The sweeping Inflation Reduction Act passed by Democrats in Congress this past week takes on an issue that Americans have been screaming about for years: the high cost of prescription drugs. But while it will bring immediate relief to millions of seniors, several experts have said it may dampen development of new drugs and new […]
Arrest confirms Indiana abortion for Ohio 10-year-old
By: Marty Schladen - July 13, 2022
Columbus, Ohio police have arrested a 27-year-old on charges of raping 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana late last month for an abortion, The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday. Ohio Republican leaders, who passed and implemented a law making rape victims ineligible for abortions after six weeks, have been trying to raise doubts about the girl’s existence. […]
Federal regulators launch investigation into drug rebates said to drive up prescription costs
By: Marty Schladen - June 21, 2022
The Federal Trade Commission last week announced what some observers believe could be a game-changer when it comes to the rising cost of prescription drugs. The agency — which is meant to protect fair competition — said it would look into the murky practice by which drugmakers grant rebates and other fees to insurer-owned pharmacy […]
CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in
By: Marty Schladen - November 5, 2021
[Editor’s note: In September, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 257 into law — a measure that will increase state regulation of “pharmacy benefit managers” in hopes of better protecting consumers. As the following story by reporter Marty Schladen of the Ohio Capital-Journal makes clear, however, many PBM practices remain controversial and will […]
Biden administration announces “comprehensive” plan to fix high drug prices
By: Marty Schladen - September 14, 2021
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. But while it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, it was a lot more superficial about the practices of much-larger corporations […]
No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less
By: Marty Schladen - August 3, 2021
New study undermines claims of a dangerous border It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion.
Reports: Drug manufacturers and middlemen both responsible for rising consumer costs
By: Marty Schladen - May 18, 2021
The world of prescription drug pricing can be bewildering — intentionally so, some critics of the industry claim. Whether that’s true or not, several reports this year show that the supply chain’s alchemy of list prices, rebates and net prices hurts consumers. And a U.S. Senate report says drugmakers and middlemen share the blame. The […]
Special report: The national crisis in unemployment insurance
By: Marty Schladen - July 31, 2020
Balky technology, expiring benefits worry workers, state leaders. Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that often are a small part of their normal pay — pay that for many was inadequate in the first place.