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In 2015, America was outraged as the cost of a little-known drug called Daraprim skyrocketed overnight from $13.50 to $750 a pill. In 2016, the ubiquitous allergy medicine Epi-Pen rose from $100 to $600 in an instant.

Why? Profit.

These scandals are just two examples of a pervasive problem with American healthcare, which allows pharmaceutical companies to set prices as they see fit with a patchwork system of insurance providers. There are no restrictions of profit margins. There is little transparency in the pricing process. The result? Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other nation in the world.

In most European countries, single-payer health systems use their size to negotiate big discounts, but the United States does not have a similar program and Obamacare did nothing to rein in the costs of prescription drugs when it was passed.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Tell the Department of Health and Human Services enact the above legislation which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives! Lives are on the line.

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To the Secretary of Health and Human Services,

I am writing to you to express my concern for the growing cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of ordinary, sick Americans, and it's up to you to do something about it.

Over the past few years, from Daraprim to EpiPen, we have seen a series of scandals emerge as pharmaceutical companies increase the prices of old drugs in an attempt to increase profits year after year. Since the United States has no single-payer healthcare system, this means the American public is being asked to shoulder the burden of these companies limitless greed at the cost of their health and financial stability.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Please, enact the above policies which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives.

Petition Signatures


May 27, 2017 Victoria Meliodon
May 27, 2017 Debbi Wood
May 22, 2017 Carey Mayfield
May 22, 2017 Betty Stroud
May 22, 2017 Fran Walker
May 22, 2017 natalie senecal
May 22, 2017 Ann Shanklin
May 22, 2017 Jan Hansen It is wrong when people can't access needed medications because the prices are so high. We should not have to suffer or die because we couldn't afford to pad the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. It is time for some realistic pricing policies.
May 22, 2017 Liz Cooper
May 22, 2017 Georgia Braithwaite
May 22, 2017 Gloria Jones
May 22, 2017 Linda Stanley I would bet my last dollar that getting the pharmaceutical companies in line would greatly reduce the health care problems for all Americans.
May 22, 2017 Claire Barclay In all the other countries I have traveled, medication costs are lower than here. We can change that.
May 22, 2017 Gamin Davis It's time to end the choke-hold of drug companies on health care in the US! People should NOT have to choose between medicines they need and getting groceries because of the cost!
May 22, 2017 Ellen Walker
May 22, 2017 Gina Epley
May 22, 2017 Jillana Laufer
May 22, 2017 Karen Pasquinelli The price of prescriptions is outrageous it is all about corporate greed, they care nothing for other humans, just themselves, at least that is how I see it. In the end they will have to answer to GOD too, they are not exempt from that.....just saying
May 22, 2017 Geraldine Berling
May 22, 2017 alice busch I JUST REFUSED TO HAVE A RX FILLED FOR HEART PAIN AS I COULD'T AFFORD THE COST EVEN WITH MY PART D. I TOLD THE DR THAT IF I DIED, AT LEAST I WOULD HAVEN EATED AND STILL HAVE A HOME.
May 22, 2017 Tina Tine'
May 22, 2017 Helen Davenport The horrible way we treat our Seniors is a terrible reflection on us as a society.
May 22, 2017 Karen Sweeney This is a big reason why Healthcare is unaffordable in this country. Our Government turns a blind eye to it.
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 James Degner
May 22, 2017 Diana Washburn
May 22, 2017 Thomas Perelli
May 22, 2017 Stephanie Ferguson
May 22, 2017 Cathi Gil
May 22, 2017 Carol Brady
May 22, 2017 Nancy Lowe
May 22, 2017 Janell Smith
May 22, 2017 Linda Bescript
May 22, 2017 Baylee Markwell
May 22, 2017 Claudia Chaffin
May 22, 2017 Rose Minasian
May 22, 2017 Leonor Jardim
May 22, 2017 Deborah Foster
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2017 Stephanie Poturica
May 3, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 26, 2017 Donna Weatherall
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) No one should have to choose between medicine and anything else. Please help change this situation. Thank you.
Apr 26, 2017 Lesia Mills Our government tells us we have to use seat belts, wear helmets, use car seats, etc. more so because insurance companies want it than anything. It is for our "own good", yea right, but keeping prescription medicines affordable is out of the question.
Apr 26, 2017 Helen Ryan
Apr 26, 2017 tatiana mitrov

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