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Ray Mariano (pictured above), who runs a public housing system in Massachusetts: “If you want a government benefit, then you have to do something for it.”

Rachel Cohen, who works for a drug-research nonprofit,  on a forthcoming markup for medicine that treats Chagas disease: “You’re talking about a 100,000 percent or 150,000 percent price increase.”

Susan Isaacs, a Christian comedian: “There’s nothing funny in the Bible, except the stuff that’s unintentionally funny. Like when Joshua climbs a mountain of foreskins.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)