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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 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Donna Delin Limiting profits on life-saving drugs is not communist or socialist. It means doing what's best for our society.
Jan 19, 2017 Denise Grimm
Jan 19, 2017 An Feug
Jan 19, 2017 HOWARD BLOCK
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Carla Winger
Jan 19, 2017 Elizabeth Floersch
Jan 19, 2017 Russell Esposito
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 17, 2017 Rosalind Wilton
Jan 17, 2017 Annmarie O'Toole
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 Nancy Davenport As a retired public health nurse I have always been aware that many people cannot afford the drugs prescribed for the, thus they are not getting the care they deserve.
Jan 17, 2017 Susan Garner There needs to be someone to step up and speak up for the people against the costs of medications that the pharmaceutical companies price medications. They have free reign to price them anyway they see fit. We need someone to go after them and make the me
Jan 16, 2017 Eleanor Davy This is shocking.
Jan 16, 2017 Starlett Jennings
Jan 15, 2017 Dawn Richards
Jan 15, 2017 dennis kreiner
Jan 15, 2017 Cathy Mitchamore
Jan 15, 2017 Pamela Melander
Jan 14, 2017 Howard Cohen
Jan 14, 2017 Brian Moore
Jan 13, 2017 Edwin Collins
Jan 13, 2017 Keiko Hayashi
Jan 13, 2017 Valerie Baksa-Cato
Jan 13, 2017 Cindy Campbell
Jan 13, 2017 Eileen Iacano
Jan 13, 2017 Trish Long
Jan 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 Marinella Raiteri
Jan 13, 2017 Sheila Gibson
Jan 11, 2017 Margit Steidl Health only for the rich?
Jan 11, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 11, 2017 Kathie E Takush
Jan 11, 2017 chantal vagnat
Jan 11, 2017 Joyce Brogger
Jan 11, 2017 Maria Miranda
Jan 11, 2017 Emily Willis
Jan 11, 2017 Sasha Verhoeve
Jan 11, 2017 Leslie - please select Cassidy
Jan 11, 2017 Mirella Vracha
Jan 11, 2017 cheryl gaudette
Jan 11, 2017 Claudia Wright
Jan 11, 2017 Robert Coen
Jan 10, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jan 2, 2017 Daisy Mancia
Jan 2, 2017 Kim Sellon
Dec 22, 2016 Kathy Richards People shouldn't have to choose between life saving medicines and where their next meal is coming from. Halt the practice of jacking up prices on old drugs.
Dec 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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