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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


Jan 22, 2017 Rafael Luis Alonso
Jan 22, 2017 Ann Dallwitz
Jan 22, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Jan 22, 2017 Michele Mika
Jan 22, 2017 Liam Perry
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Joanne Barrett
Jan 22, 2017 Brion Wirth
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Jan 22, 2017 Christine Jordan
Jan 22, 2017 Bernadette Belcastro There should be a law made to hold these drug companies accountable for all their price increases. Most of this money just goes into their pockets and it is blood money because people are dying because of this.
Jan 22, 2017 Joan Bash Please think of seniors before you think of profits! We need to stay healthy too, and can't with prices increasing constantly.
Jan 22, 2017 Sharon Kirk
Jan 22, 2017 Jewel Clark
Jan 22, 2017 Josephine Polifroni It is unconscionable to profit so enormously because people are sick and have no choice. Do not allow pharmaceutical companies to exploit the sick, costing lives, costing money.
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) All citizens of this country should have access to necessary medication at reasonable prices. Let US citizens have the same benefits and costs that other countries receive as why should we not get that same cost savings?
Jan 22, 2017 Cheryl Thorn
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Cecelia Ferrufino
Jan 22, 2017 Sherri Olaguez
Jan 22, 2017 Lin Sunseri
Jan 22, 2017 Jacqui Bradshaw
Jan 22, 2017 Louise Barr
Jan 22, 2017 Adrienne Ross
Jan 22, 2017 D S
Jan 22, 2017 Tamara Miller
Jan 22, 2017 A. S.
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Betsi Tunnell In a country that purports to care for it's seniors, let's put that caring into reality.
Jan 22, 2017 Susan Curry People shouldn't have to compromise their health because of their finances
Jan 22, 2017 Deborah Delladora
Jan 22, 2017 Joann Lassus
Jan 22, 2017 Gail Smith I take 10 prescriptions daily and 2 as needed. Prices keep escalating. For those of us on a fixed income and seniors, this is a killer.
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Donna Smith
Jan 22, 2017 Peggy Keller
Jan 22, 2017 Eddie Serapio
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Brandy Schumacher
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Callie Riley
Jan 22, 2017 Anne Wayman
Jan 22, 2017 Laura Riley
Jan 22, 2017 Virginia Culbert We need legislation to stop and reduce the skyrocketing price of drugs. Big Pharma is cheating consumers.
Jan 22, 2017 Lisa Dektor
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) So tired of pharmaceutical companies gouging the American people for their own pocketbooks. It is just unconscionable when people have to choose to pay rent or buy food rather than buy life saving or life preserving medications. Health care is a right!
Jan 22, 2017 Mary Homko
Jan 22, 2017 Mame Boyd

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