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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


Jun 18, 2017 Dianne Waring-Agema
Jun 10, 2017 Roxanne McCullough
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 4, 2017 Marlene Ernst
Jun 4, 2017 Susan Summers
May 31, 2017 Fred fall
May 29, 2017 Lauren Wade
May 29, 2017 Kim Keersmaekers
May 24, 2017 kay jay
May 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2017 Amanda Hauck
May 17, 2017 criss sledge
May 17, 2017 Suzanne Salerno
May 17, 2017 Mary Salerno
May 16, 2017 joyce b, RN
May 16, 2017 Kim Anthony
May 16, 2017 Lisa Slates
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) You are in a position to help Americans who most need your help. Will you?
May 15, 2017 William Kavanagh
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Gordon Levy
May 15, 2017 Joy Smiley
May 14, 2017 Heather Southerland I believe in an open market and I object to most government interference, except for when an industry is taking advantage of people and people have to choose between life saving medicines and groceries, rent and other living expenses.
May 13, 2017 Kathy Jerman
May 13, 2017 Cathy Ortiz
May 12, 2017 Sharon Renfro
May 12, 2017 Jim Cunliffe In the 80s my copays were a pittance. Today my copays average way over $1000 a year and not just because I'm older, because billionaires continue to grow fatter and fatter!
May 12, 2017 Janet Sherritt
May 12, 2017 Linda Leckliter
May 11, 2017 C. James
May 11, 2017 Geri Willett
May 11, 2017 Cynthia Lee
May 11, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
May 11, 2017 Linda Crawford
May 10, 2017 Gary Denese
May 10, 2017 Diane Nassa
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2017 Cecilia Tanaka
May 8, 2017 Penny Fleischman Immoral practice!
May 4, 2017 tasha j
May 3, 2017 Laura Englebrecht This process is outrageous
May 3, 2017 Robert Sanders
May 1, 2017 JOI BRYAN
Apr 29, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Apr 29, 2017 Al DeRoy
Apr 20, 2017 Jane Rosa
Apr 19, 2017 Sandra Ainsley
Apr 19, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Apr 19, 2017 Jeannie Hall

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