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Spike Lee, Tessa Thompson, and More Celebs Donate Items to Cinema for Gaza Auction Fundraising Over $100,000 Since March

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Donated items from Spike Lee, Tessa Thompson, Olivia Colman, and more have been added to the Cinema for Gaza auction, raising over $113,000.

Variety reports that the items, iconic to say the least, include a framed “Malcolm X” poster signed by Lee, an “Aftersun” poster signed by Mescal with a personalized video message from Colman are included in the auction lots that launched this past Monday, as well as additional items including a “beer on Zoom” with Tessa Thompson. Memorabilia from “The Marvels,” a “Worst Person in the World” poster signed by Joachim Trier, were also auctioned.

Foreseeably, this won’t be a forever thing, as the auction closes on April 12. All donations will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). Cinema for Gaza was set up by U.K.-based filmmakers and film journalists Hanna Flint, Julia Jackman, Leila Latif, Sophie Monks Kaufman, and Helen Simmons. It has been consistently growing since its inception on March 28. More celebrity donations are coming through daily, adding to the original lots from A-list names such as Tilda Swinton, Josh O’Connor, Ken Loach, and more. 

MAP is currently responding to the humanitarian disaster in Gaza, where the local health authority claims that more than 32,000 Palestinians have been killed after Israel retaliated for Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack, which killed more than 1,100 Israelis.

Hollywood for a good cause is never a bad thing.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production Planning a Film on Ric Flair

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has already returned to the world of WWE. Now, he is getting ready to tell a legend’s story.

According to The Wrap, Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions, along with Hiram Garcia, will work with Misher Films’ Kevin Misher for a film on Ric Flair.

“As a kid who grew up in professional wrestling, I idolized, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair,” Johnson said in a statement. “He was a hero to me. And once I broke into the wrestling business and began to spill my own sweat and blood – my reverence for Ric turned to respect. Because I realized just how rare and impossible it is to disrupt the wrestling business, culture and truly change the game – and that’s exactly what Ric Flair did. This project is personal, and we can’t wait to tell his unbelievable story. As always, thank you for the house, Ric.”

In kayfabe, wrestling world for those not in the internet wrestling community, The Rock is currently involved in a story with his cousin Roman Reigns and keeping the WWE championship away from Cody Rhodes. You can read more on that here.

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[WATCH] Usher’s Interview For The Super Bowl LVIII Apple Music Halftime Show Press Conference, Premieres New Film

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Today, global superstar USHER joined Apple Music Radio host Nadeska Alexis for the official Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Press Conference in Las Vegas.

During the conversation USHER reflected on his 30-year career, taking the stage as the first independent artist to headline the Super Bowl, a scary moment from his 2011 Super Bowl cameo, his special relationship with the city of Las Vegas (future hotelier?), why his roller skates will be front and center this Sunday, and why he regrets never getting ‘slimed’ on Nickelodeon.

This morning, Apple Music also unveiled the short film Where’s USHER? The film, scored to 14 of USHER’s hits, showcases a wild journey through Las Vegas as LudacrisTaraji P. HensonLil JonWesley SnipesJ BalvinAnderson .Paak, and a truly incredible cast of characters “lose” USHER after an epic Vegas night out and work together to find the King of R&B in time for his career-defining performance at the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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UnitedMasters’ ‘A Celebration of Independence’ GRAMMY Concert Sets the Stage Ablaze with Global Acts

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UnitedMasters, Steve Stoute’s renowned global music distribution platform, kicked off GRAMMY weekend with the exhilarating annual concert, “A Celebration of Independence,” at the Hollywood Palladium. The star-studded event featured electrifying performances by music’s hottest acts, including Davido, Uncle Waffles, Tokischa, Donavan’s Yard, and NLE Choppa.

Esteemed guests in attendance included Nas, will.i.am, Doug E. Fresh, Jessie Reyez, A.V. Rockwell, Kat Graham, Lauren Jauregui, Jozzy, RMR, ScarLip, Kenya Marche, and many more. The concert celebrated the power of independent music and showcased trailblazing artists shaping the cultural landscape. This marked the first time UnitedMasters featured international acts, solidifying its impact and representation within the global independent artist movement.

“To show up again during music’s biggest weekend with independent artists representing where music is headed globally was an unforgettable moment,” said Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of UnitedMasters. Our annual GRAMMY celebration culminates all that we stand for at UnitedMasters in creating spaces for independent artists to thrive and showing them their place in this industry is enormous.”

UnitedMasters, hosting the annual GRAMMY celebration for the second consecutive year, aims to maintain momentum in creating spaces celebrating global independence within the music industry. With Bulleit Frontier Whiskey as the official spirits partner, Diageo continued its support of the event, highlighting the Pioneer Project that backs the next generation of creators. VIP guests enjoyed exclusive access to Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

“For us at Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, this event is about celebrating all of the independent artists across the globe, but we wanted to especially shout out the 142 independent artists we’ve collaborated with through our partnership with UnitedMasters,” said Jesse Damashek, SVP Marketing, Whiskey and Liqueurs at Diageo. “Though the celebration lasted just one evening, we believe the industry executives, artists, and fans in attendance should carry on the Celebration of Independence beyond the festivities via our newly released playlist.” 

Delta Air Lines joined the celebration to champion independent music and artists’ future and current success. Honda collaborated with UnitedMasters, creating a lively pre-show atmosphere for fans, featuring the Honda All Electric Prologue vehicle on display and a unique Honda music experience.

Notable guests from the previous year included Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Nas, DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Daniel Kaluuya, Damson Idris, and more. This year’s event followed the groundbreaking announcement of UnitedMasters’ expansion into Nigeria, underscoring the platform’s impact on emerging African artists on a global scale. With a rapidly growing platform that has collaborated with over 2 million independent artists, the “A Celebration of Independence” concert is a testament to UnitedMasters’ mission to provide artists worldwide with a stage to showcase and grow their talents.

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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Working Together on New Film

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The duo of Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler are looking to make movie magic once again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coogler has written a new script and is set to direct a currently untitled project, which would star Jordan.

The duo of Coogler and Jordan have connected for both Black Panther films, Creed and Fruitvale Station.

The film will be the first for Coogler’s production company, Proximity Media. Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian will assist Coogler in producing.

The concept and story of the forthcoming project are tightly held under wraps, even bringing executives to offices in Beverly Hills to get details.

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Flavor Flav Says He is ‘King Swiftie’ After Discovering Taylor Swift’s Music

Who knew Flavor Flav was a huge Taylor Swift fan. Flav hit the The Grove in Los Angeles for the premiere of the Eras tour film. During his time at the event, Falv mingled with Swift's family and exchanged the frendship bracelets that have become a practice at Swiftie events.

Flavor Flav is standing ten toes down in his Taylor Swift love. Speaking on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Flav dubbed himself “King Swiftie.”

“It started because I got a girl that lives in Detroit and her kids wanted to go to the Eras Tour concert. So my manager got in contact with Taylor Swift’s people and they hooked me up some tickets and passes,” Flav said. “When we walked over to the tent where I was supposed to be at, a lot of these fans were coming up to me. These young kids, man, I’m surprised they even knew who I was!

“They start giving me these friendship bracelets. Next thing you know, I have friendship bracelets all up and down my arm. We were trading bracelets and everything! Her fanbase embraced me, and I embraced them back.”

Flav said after the show he began to take a deep dive into Swift’s music and made a comparison to Mary J. Blige.

“Mary writes about her experiences that she goes through, then when she gets out there on that stage and she sings those songs, mostly every single woman in that audience relates to Mary because all of the women go through similar things. Same thing as Taylor.”

You can hear the full story and more from Flavor Flav below.

In Cotber, Flav hit The Grove in Los Angeles for the premiere of the Eras tour film. During his time at the event, Flav mingled with Swift’s family and exchanged friendship bracelets that have become a practice at Swiftie events.

The Eras premiere also saw the two biggest stars on the planet, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, hanging out. Making for a cute moment, the two sat in the first row at a movie theater and posed for a picture. Beyoncé would playfully toss popcorn to the camera.

“I’m so glad I’ll never know what my life would’ve been like without Beyoncé’s influence,” Swfit wrote on Instagram. “The way she’s taught me and every artist out here to break rules and defy industry norms. Her generosity of spirit. Her resilience and versatility. She’s been a guiding light throughout my career and the fact that she showed up tonight was like an actual fairytale.

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Pete Davidson Says He Was High and Cracked a Bad Joke to Aretha Franklin’s Family at Her Funeral

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Pete Davidson revealed that he was extremely high at Aretha Franklin’s funeral and made a bad joke to her family.

Speaking in a trailer for his Netflix special, Davidson recalled the moment he went to the funeral with his then-fiancée, Ariana Grande.

“I’m so high, I thought it’d be a good idea to go up to her family and go, ‘Hey! I’m just here to pay my R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts,’” Davidson said.

“It’s embarrassing when you’re not on ketamine anymore, though,” Davidson said. “I’m embarrassed. I was out and about like that. That’s not cool, you know?”

Ketamine, as classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is a dissociative anesthetic exhibiting hallucinogenic properties.

The trailer for his upcoming special, Turbo Fonzarelli, is below.

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Jasmine Guy Triumphs at 75th Creative Arts Emmys: A Long-Overdue Win

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Jasmine Guy, celebrated for her iconic portrayal of southern belle Whitley Gilbert in the classic sitcom “A Different World,” has finally received the recognition she deserves. The accomplished actress was honored at the 75th Creative Arts Emmys, where she clinched her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her award-winning role was in Prime Video’s “Chronicles of Jessica Wu.” She’s the third Black woman in the ceremony’s history to capture the trophy following previous winners KeKe Palmer and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Taking to TikTok to share her joy, Jasmine Guy exclaimed, “This is Jasmine Guy, and I just won an Emmy. Yay, yay!” The elated actress proudly displayed her well-deserved trophy.

Despite her remarkable career spanning 42 years, it’s surprising that this marks Jasmine Guy’s first Emmy win, considering the widespread acclaim she garnered for her portrayal of Whitley Gilbert. While “A Different World” earned her four NAACP Image Awards, an Emmy nod had eluded her until now.

Jasmine Guy’s television journey began in 1982 as a dancer on the series “Fame.” Throughout her illustrious career, she has graced various TV series with her talent, including recurring roles in “Touched by an Angel” (CBS, 1995-1997) and the current Prime Video hit, “Harlem.”

This long-overdue recognition at the Creative Arts Emmys is a testament to Jasmine Guy’s enduring impact on the world of television, and fans are thrilled to see her finally getting the flowers she rightfully deserves.

Congrats Queen!

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The #Emmy goes to Jasmine Guy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Chronicles Of Jessica Wu (@Prime Video)! Bravo! #Emmys #75thEmmys

♬ time travel – chief. & nobuddy

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Jasmine Guy Triumphs at 75th Creative Arts Emmys: A Long-Overdue Win

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Jasmine Guy, celebrated for her iconic portrayal of southern belle Whitley Gilbert in the classic sitcom “A Different World,” has finally received the recognition she deserves. The accomplished actress was honored at the 75th Creative Arts Emmys, where she clinched her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her award-winning role was in Prime Video’s “Chronicles of Jessica Wu.” She’s the third Black woman in the ceremony’s history to capture the trophy following previous winners KeKe Palmer and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Taking to TikTok to share her joy, Jasmine Guy exclaimed, “This is Jasmine Guy, and I just won an Emmy. Yay, yay!” The elated actress proudly displayed her well-deserved trophy.

Despite her remarkable career spanning 42 years, it’s surprising that this marks Jasmine Guy’s first Emmy win, considering the widespread acclaim she garnered for her portrayal of Whitley Gilbert. While “A Different World” earned her four NAACP Image Awards, an Emmy nod had eluded her until now.

Jasmine Guy’s television journey began in 1982 as a dancer on the series “Fame.” Throughout her illustrious career, she has graced various TV series with her talent, including recurring roles in “Touched by an Angel” (CBS, 1995-1997) and the current Prime Video hit, “Harlem.”

This long-overdue recognition at the Creative Arts Emmys is a testament to Jasmine Guy’s enduring impact on the world of television, and fans are thrilled to see her finally getting the flowers she rightfully deserves.

Congrats Queen!

@televisionacad

The #Emmy goes to Jasmine Guy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Chronicles Of Jessica Wu (@Prime Video)! Bravo! #Emmys #75thEmmys

♬ time travel – chief. & nobuddy

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Exclusive: Power to the Patients Co-Founder Kevin Morra Discusses Uniting Hip-Hop to Impact American Healthcare System

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A group of renowned hip-hop artists, including Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, French Montana, and Chuck D, have joined forces with the national nonprofit organization Power to the Patients. This collaboration, led by filmmaker Kevin Morra, aims to advocate for transparency in the American healthcare system.

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Power to the Patients, co-founded by Kevin Morra, entrepreneur Cynthia Fisher, and filmmaker Paul J. Morra, has been dedicated to achieving systemwide price transparency in healthcare. Their mission supports legislative efforts at all levels of government, holds healthcare institutions and insurers accountable for complying with federal transparency rules, and educates Americans about their right to know actual healthcare prices.

The current federal transparency rules are often disregarded by hospitals and insurers without facing the consequences, raising concerns about the effectiveness of these regulations in ensuring transparency in healthcare pricing.

In the newly released PSA, the hip-hop legends urge elected officials to commit to a healthcare system characterized by transparency, echoing Kevin Morra’s commitment to driving change.

In conversation with The Source, Morra details how the PSA campaign came together, the goal of the PSA, and more.

THE SOURCE: Can you tell us more about the recent PSA campaign where Power To The Patients collaborated with hip-hop legends like Fat Joe, Rick Ross, and others? What was the inspiration behind this collaboration?

Kevin Morra: As Hip Hop turned 50, some of the culture’s most legendary icons joined Power to the Patients to fight for price transparency in healthcare, which is an absolutely critical issue for every single person and community across the country. Their support for this issue brings so much gravitas. Hospitals and Insurance companies have egregiously rigged our healthcare system for their enormous profits at the expense of our paychecks and financial stability, putting at risk both our health and our lives. Because we are dealing with people’s well-being, this is not just an economic issue, it’s also a humanitarian one. The combined effort from Fat Joe, Method Man, Chuck D, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross and French Montana to step up and lend their voices, their platform, and their passion against this healthcare injustice only proves the maturity, responsibility, and the continued resistance so engrained into the fabric of Hip Hop culture. As discussed with Chuck D on-set, the early roots of our activism, including the very spark for Power to the Patients, is prominently bred from rebellious art and culture, protest music, and key influences like Public Enemy. To challenge an enormous system like healthcare, we do need powerful inspiration and so it’s very apropos to have these types of legendary voices joining a movement of this nature. This series of Hip Hop PSAs fighting for healthcare price transparency showcases the commitment Hip Hop maintains and possesses for meaningful political, social, and economic improvements. This entire movement is for the people. 

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Kevin Morra and Fat Joe with Hakeem Jeffries

How did you manage to get all these hip-hop icons together?

My brother Paul and I are filmmakers and Fat Joe and Terror Squad member Raul have been friends of ours for over twenty years now, originally meeting through a television show we Produced for MTV. The Terror Squad has always been the real deal and always willing to stand on principle and fight the good fight. So, when we shared with them the mission for “Power to the Patients,” they immediately jumped on board and, together, we filmed a very poignant PSA (Public Service Announcement) on a rooftop in the South Bronx, which is an area especially devastated by out of control healthcare costs and overcharges at hospitals. In fact, the Bronx is one of the many communities where people often refuse to enter a hospital, no matter what, out of a justified fear that the resulting hospital bill could destroy the financial security for themselves and their family. It’s all so tragic. We love our nurses and we need our doctors, but the big business of American healthcare is a totally corrupt and unconscionable system rigged by the venture capitalists and healthcare profiteers who run our hospitals and insurance companies and hide their prices in order to create historic corporate profits. As a result of this greed, they are quite literally destroying people’s lives.

In April of this year, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Rick Ross, and Fat Joe joined us for a performance at what became one of the most incredible live musical performance events Washington, D.C. has ever seen. This Power to the Patients event kicked off the beginning of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner week and our audience was largely made up of Members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers as well as leaders and staff from the White House. It was a truly remarkable night to behold and each artist passionately advocated for the transparency effort in between performing hit after hit after hit. We have since been blessed to add Chuck D and Method Man to this advocacy mix and each are featured through this current PSA series. Suffice to say, the Power to the Patients movement is growing!  

Could you explain the specific issues related to healthcare transparency that the campaign addresses, such as hospitals and insurance companies providing “estimates” rather than “actual prices”? How does this affect patients and the healthcare industry? <combined> Power To The Patients has been advocating for healthcare transparency for some time now. Could you share some of the challenges you’ve faced in this journey and the progress you’ve made so far?

The American healthcare system is not just broken, but it’s intentionally rigged for tremendous profits at the heavy cost and potential devastation of every single person who relies on its services and procedures, which is all of us. Hospitals and Insurance companies have been getting away with hiding their prices so they can prevent consumerism, stifle competition, and completely deflect all accountability for their overcharges and inconsistent billing.  We founded Power to the Patients, a non-profit, non-commercial advocacy group, to fight this corporate greed and corruption in order to create a more equitable, accessible, and affordable healthcare system, which will benefit everyone across the nation. In order to achieve this, healthcare price transparency is mandatory across the entire industry. Basically, for healthcare to work fairly in America, hospitals and insurance companies must show us their prices. Without seeing prices up front, hospitals and insurers will continue to charge us whatever they want and there will never be a competitive market to keep prices affordable, honest, or equitable. As Fat Joe has stated, “They’re robbing us.” When you dissect the egregious behavior of hospitals and insurers, including the non-profit and tax-exempt ones, you easily recognize just how deliberately they have created a profit model totally void of decency, responsibility, and ethics for their patients and their communities. It’s impossible to not understand the severity and urgency for price transparency when you realize that medical debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in this country and you hear the countless stories, like we do, from patient after patient fighting for their lives while being issued liens on their homes from hospitals, or the real life impact that rising healthcare costs has on reducing take home pay, the continuous increase of union fees, or people’s outright refusal to seek medical care in the first place. Healthcare in this country is quite literally stomping out the American dream. Demanding prices in healthcare is an effort we all should insist upon because it’s absolutely essential that citizens are provided fair, equitable, and affordable healthcare. Without access and affordability, people suffer immensely, both financially and from deferring necessary procedures associated with health disorders, injuries, and preventative check-ups. Even for those that advocate for Universal healthcare, without price transparency first, healthcare costs will continue to be out of control, irrespective of whether it’s paid by individuals, by employers, or by the government. 

When hospitals avoid transparency, they perpetuate a rigged system that eliminates consumerism and competition for patients and their families and stifles fair planning and negotiations for unions, employers and even local, state and federal governments. We need transparency so that we all have the opportunity to compare the prices of services and procedures in order to make logical decisions on where we seek our care. Essentially, we are fighting for decency and basic economic principles for healthcare in America. It, of course, should be totally illegal for hospitals and insurance companies to hide their prices or obfuscate actual prices by using gimmicky terms like “estimates,” or “average prices,” or “percentages of prices.” Those are just meaningless terms to substitute for providing actual prices.

Your efforts in New York City led to the signing of the Healthcare Accountability and Consumer Protection Act. Can you tell us more about the impact of this act and how it serves as a model for other cities or states to improve healthcare transparency?

In June of this year, with Fat Joe in attendance, New York City Mayor Adams, alongside City Council Members, labor union representatives and activists from Power to the Patients, signed into law a hospital price transparency bill, which will require all New York City hospitals to post all of their prices so that people, patients, employers, unions, and even the government itself can finally see and understand hospital prices upfront. This is an incredible development that will absolutely protect New Yorkers from overcharges and price gouging and it will create, for the first time ever, a free market economy like every other industry, where people will be able to decide which hospitals they enter based on prices of services and procedures. The result of this will be lower medical bills, more trust and accountability in the New York healthcare system, and more equitable care across every borough and neighborhood in the city. It’s an enormously positive development and a model we are pushing to replicate in other major metropolitan areas and states across the country. Of course, the most effective development will be to codify consumer protections and price transparency laws in healthcare at the federal level, so we can protect everyone, all at once. And we will accomplish this!

The joint advocacy by Power To The Patients and the hip-hop icons comes after several meetings with lawmakers and visits to The White House. What has been the response from policymakers and elected officials regarding your efforts and concerns about the healthcare system?

Meeting with dozens of Congressional Members at the U.S. Capitol and various leaders at the White House, all the way up to Vice President Harris, has been an unbelievable experience and we have been largely encouraged with the response. Without a doubt, the politicians also enjoyed meeting with such a dynamic personality as Fat Joe and hearing his genuine enthusiasm for price transparency warmed many-a-room. It’s quite clear that there is a groundswell of support for this issue, but the reality is, we are fighting the American healthcare cartel, which currently generates over $4 trillion annually and is very slick at buying the support of many of our elected officials to maintain the existing crooked system.  That part is deeply concerning because we have put these officials in place to represent us, and yet, many are so easily compromised. Despite this, we are indeed winning this battle. When Power to the Patients first began in early 2021, only 4% of hospitals in this country complied with the current federal price transparency rules. Today, roughly two years later, thanks to the relentless work by a number of advocacy groups, spirited activists, uncompromised elected officials and an army of concerned citizens including our Hip Hop participants, we are now at 36% of U.S. hospitals complying with the current federal transparency rule. In other words, 36% of hospitals are now posting their prices (data published by Patient Rights Advocate semi-annual report). While we certainly still have a long way to go, that percentage will continue to grow and we won’t stop until we have real price transparency for a more equitable, accessible and affordable healthcare system across the country.

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