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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


Feb 26, 2017 Pam McHugh People's health is more important than increasing pharmaceutical's already excessive profit.
Feb 26, 2017 Franz Owczarek
Feb 26, 2017 Trudy Van Ryn It is a terrible shame that the richest country in the world put money before the welfare of the people. Is that why it is the richest??? Shame on the USA. Our drug prices are outrageous and scandelous.
Feb 26, 2017 June Wing
Feb 26, 2017 Bonnie Robson
Feb 26, 2017 Kim Wojtonik
Feb 26, 2017 Patricia Shawe
Feb 26, 2017 Maureen Brown
Feb 26, 2017 Theresa Royster You people don't want to give us an increase on our social security. Then you want to go up on our prescriptions and every other bill that we have to pay. This is totally disgraceful,
Feb 26, 2017 Maggie smith
Feb 26, 2017 Laura Sutherland
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Brad Miller
Feb 26, 2017 Georgan Gregg
Feb 26, 2017 Edward Kupka
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is not capitalism - it's flat out GREED - AND IT'S WRONG! America used to put people first - that's what our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are all about. Please start a movement to make people more important than money once again.
Feb 26, 2017 Libby W.
Feb 26, 2017 David Olinghouse
Feb 26, 2017 Theresa Tiner
Feb 26, 2017 Stephen Wilde
Feb 26, 2017 Robin Soletzky Politics has taken away our humanity. People with lots of money don't care because they can afford anything.
Feb 26, 2017 Kay Beams These greedy monsters need to be reined in and controlled. Our government is giving them a free pass to put drug prices out of control. It has to stop. Out-of-control drug prices are sadistic and barbaric and cause unnecessary financial stress. Madness!
Feb 26, 2017 Carol Nowak
Feb 26, 2017 Kathleen Grossman
Feb 26, 2017 cathy davis
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Todd
Feb 26, 2017 Deborah Barber
Feb 26, 2017 Melanie Steelman
Feb 26, 2017 Mary Troland
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Biggs
Feb 26, 2017 Jackie Ennenbach
Feb 26, 2017 christine burgess
Feb 26, 2017 Carol Jeanne Farrar The prescription drug prices are out of control. So many elderly people have to choose between eating and their prescriptions. Many choose to eat low quality foods such as pet food to fill their hunger. All so they can get their scripts filled.
Feb 26, 2017 Lorna Day Clearly, drug companies are NOT humanitarians, and should be held accountable for suffering if they can produce a drug at reasonable price to ease that suffering.
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 sammia panciocco The green god of money is the most important to our politicians! They no longer care about people!
Feb 26, 2017 Anna Marie Peloso
Feb 26, 2017 Jacki Deamer Senior citizens have paid into the system all their lives and now the greedy pharmaceutical company's make it almost impossible to buy the meds they now need , SHAME ON YOU ! This has to STOP !!!
Feb 26, 2017 Satu Heino
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Margot Loerky
Feb 26, 2017 James C Polhemus
Feb 21, 2017 kim wilbur
Feb 21, 2017 Christine Saranchuk
Feb 21, 2017 cynthia ford
Feb 21, 2017 Kimberly Ostermeier

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