Governor signs reimportation legislationGovernor Jim Douglas has signed a drug reimportation bill that will allow a small number of Vermonters access to pharmaceuticals from Canada and other nations, and urged the Legislature to move on to more pressing issues.The governor said that even those who campaigned heavily on the issue of drug reimportation, and who claimed that it would be a significant step toward lower drug prices and affordable health care, now concede that this bill will help only a handful of Vermonters.The governor added that the Legislature must take action to save Medicaid and pass health insurance reforms that make progress toward our goal of universal coverage this year.Douglas continues to insist that the Congress take action to increase competition among manufacturers, speed the approval of lower cost generic drugs, preserve the ability of states to pool drug purchases, and protect state pharmaceutical programs impacted by the Medicare law.
Are Liverpool progressing under Brendan Rodgers?That’s the question Ray Houghton posed when asked about the Northern Irishman’s future at Anfield, live on talkSPORT.The former Swansea chief has come under pressure this season, after failing to convert the Reds’ second place in the Premier League last season into trophies this campaign.Speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs, the former Reds star said: “Are you seeing progress? That’s what the fans are asking.“Last season Liverpool finished second and could have won the league. This season they’re 19 points off top spot. That’s a huge change.“The fans want to see trophies and they’ve missed out in two semi-finals, one where they were unlucky against Chelsea [in the Capital One Cup], whereas against Aston Villa [in the FA Cup] they were second best.“There needs to be progress and the fans have to believe the owners are going to give the manager money to compete next season. That’s what they’ll be looking at.“If Brendan Rodgers moved on, they will still need funding to go out and improve the squad.“Liverpool have to hit the ground running next season,” he added. “He [Rodgers] will be under enormous pressure.“He got a little bit of leeway this season because he lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Then Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury.“That was huge because the two goal threats for Liverpool, when they finished second last season, are no longer there.”