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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


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
Apr 15, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Donna DeBroux
Apr 14, 2017 Laura Harris
Apr 13, 2017 Char-anna Koblick
Apr 11, 2017 Kathryn Ewart
Apr 10, 2017 Cindy Butherus
Apr 9, 2017 Marci Turner
Apr 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2017 kathy Smith
Apr 8, 2017 Sam Leeper
Apr 8, 2017 Kevin Dahl
Apr 8, 2017 Nadiya Littlewarrior-Davis
Apr 7, 2017 Jon waldrop
Apr 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Hannah Schneider
Apr 2, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 2, 2017 THERESE HABIF
Apr 2, 2017 Bernadette O'Maoileidigh
Apr 1, 2017 Ruth Ann Cave
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Mar 29, 2017 Trudy Murray
Mar 26, 2017 William Magee
Mar 26, 2017 Ed Askins
Mar 23, 2017 steven rule
Mar 23, 2017 Cindy Hoyle
Mar 22, 2017 john pivirotto they all work hand and glove to gouge the public!!!
Mar 21, 2017 Cindy Risvold
Mar 21, 2017 Emma-Lou Saxby-Tisdell
Mar 21, 2017 Jeffrey Gibbs
Mar 21, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Mar 21, 2017 Mary Sier
Mar 21, 2017 Rachel Velasquez Humanity above profit! Care and be humane! Health before profit and greed!
Mar 21, 2017 Suzette Gibbs The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 is simply immoral and must be repealed.
Mar 21, 2017 Daniel Yagolkowski
Mar 19, 2017 Shakayla Thomas
Mar 19, 2017 Nissa Warden
Mar 19, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 19, 2017 Virginia Coates
Mar 19, 2017 Karen Jones-Graham You will reap what you sow.
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 16, 2017 Leslie Giles
Mar 16, 2017 Renee Vincent
Mar 16, 2017 Cynthia Ballard

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