Joe Biden made a lot of specific promises about health care policy during the presidential campaign and in his speech to Congress this week. But he has yet to propose or support legislation to make many of those promises a reality. As noted in an excellent article we read this week, that’s great for pharmaceutical and insurance companies, but it’s not so great for everyone else.

Also In Today’s Weekend Reader:

• How oil companies incentivize their CEOs to oppose climate action.

• Big Pharma insists that even if vaccine patents were waived, factories couldn’t produce them — but factory owners say that’s not true.

• In an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Thomas Frank makes a key point about Clintonism.

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