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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


Oct 14, 2017 Lynda Patterson
Oct 12, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 9, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 9, 2017 Sheila Ward
Oct 9, 2017 tammy bullock
Oct 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) one day we will all need help. Especially the middle class. Please don't make us suffer more than we need to as an elderly person. The prices are outrageous when the insurance does not cover
Oct 4, 2017 Deborah Bratcher
Oct 3, 2017 Anna Krohn
Oct 2, 2017 Jo Mosley
Oct 1, 2017 Deni Gereighty I am a cancer survivor and need many medications due to complications of my surgery. The cost is more than i earn in a year! I need much cheaper drugs!!!
Sep 29, 2017 Janice Banks
Sep 29, 2017 Gwen Ghee
Sep 29, 2017 joan autry Drug co's. have been practicing this evil too long. Time to adopt European style access to med's and health cars.
Sep 29, 2017 Janis Higgins
Sep 29, 2017 Nicole Mikals
Sep 28, 2017 Lisa West
Sep 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers
Sep 6, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 5, 2017 Gillian Shults
Sep 5, 2017 CAROL HENDERSON
Sep 5, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Sep 4, 2017 Caz Skelly
Sep 4, 2017 Melvin Michael
Sep 2, 2017 Diana Talbott Please help us!
Sep 2, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 2, 2017 Jennifer Hall
Sep 2, 2017 Jeffrey Bains
Aug 28, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) This should be about SAVING lives, NOT bankrupting people!!
Aug 28, 2017 Rosalie Salvato
Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 18, 2017 sherryann pardee
Aug 16, 2017 Rod Sutton
Aug 10, 2017 cara frame
Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 7, 2017 R Vanstrien
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Sandra Zeigler
Aug 7, 2017 Robin Shepard
Aug 5, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Aug 3, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 2, 2017 Tara Spires
Aug 2, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 2, 2017 Juliet Castille
Aug 2, 2017 Sherry Davis
Jul 30, 2017 Maria Smith
Jul 30, 2017 Linda Leckliter
Jul 30, 2017 Ertie Evangelista

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