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Consumer Confidential With David Lazarus
Want control over your cable bill? Move to Canada.

It's not that Canada is perfect. It's just that Canadians are really good at dealing with important things.

Take your pick — healthcare, gun control, same-sex marriage, political donations — the Canadians have proved themselves capable of having grown-up discussions and finding reasonable, common-sense solutions.

Down here, it's business as usual, even if that business routinely fleeces consumers.

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Martin Shkreli isn't alone in ripping off patients with crazy drug prices

Congress tried to show it feels America’s pain over high prescription-drug costs by calling Martin Shkreli to account Thursday.

Shkreli is the former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, currently out on $5-million bail after being charged with securities fraud and conspiracy. He became the face of Big Pharma greed after jacking up the price of a one-of-a-kind infection medication by 5,000%.

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Why is the UC system investing in a payday lender accused of trapping people in perpetual debt?

The University of California makes money when American workers become trapped in endless cycles of high-interest debt.

That's because the university has invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns one of the country's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, which has branches throughout Southern California.

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Martin Shkreli isn't alone in ripping off patients with crazy drug prices

Congress tried to show it feels America’s pain over high prescription-drug costs by calling Martin Shkreli to account Thursday.

Shkreli is the former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, currently out on $5-million bail after being charged with securities fraud and conspiracy. He became the face of Big Pharma greed after jacking up the price of a one-of-a-kind infection medication by 5,000%.

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Don't expect this 'award' to help you enter college

The official-looking Certificate of Selection for Award comes in a thick red envelope along with a three-page letter and supporting materials.

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When collectors call, demand proof of your debt

Suzanne Husted went through a rough patch about a decade ago and had to take out a pair of $300 payday loans to get by. She said she paid each back within a couple of months.

Now she's getting calls from two different debt collectors insisting that $2,400 in principal and interest is owed and that she better come across with some scratch or she'll be dragged into court.

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