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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


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
Mar 16, 2017 JODI ABEL
Mar 16, 2017 Yvonne Hebert Drugs should be priced the same all around the world. If a pill costs .50 in another country, it shouldn't cost $75 here. Too many Americans can't afford food and life-saving meds. Belief all Americans can afford anything they want is one big illusion.
Mar 15, 2017 michele rule
Mar 14, 2017 Renee Seyssel Your priority should be care & comfort over profit everyday!
Mar 13, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Mar 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Shame on you! Stop being so greedy. You have more than enough money.
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
Mar 7, 2017 Debbie Luchka
Mar 6, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Mar 4, 2017 Linda Tabb
Mar 2, 2017 Tammy Elliott
Mar 2, 2017 Jason Borda
Mar 2, 2017 Katherine Schultetus
Mar 1, 2017 Garry Lough
Mar 1, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Mar 1, 2017 Martha Williams
Feb 28, 2017 Stacey Dillingham
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) I believe in the free enterprise system, but some of the drug companies are taking advantage of people who depend on life saving drugs to pad their coffers. This practice is abhorrent and needs to be stopped!!
Feb 28, 2017 Sheila See
Feb 28, 2017 Jennifer Hawk
Feb 28, 2017 L C
Feb 27, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Feb 27, 2017 antonio calbetó
Feb 26, 2017 kim wilbur
Feb 26, 2017 Kay Beams President Trump you promised repeatedly not to cut Medicare or Social Security. Were these lies? You need to stand firm in your promises. Fight Republicans in Congress & the cabinet and protect millions relying on these programs for their basic needs.
Feb 26, 2017 Fatma Öncü
Feb 26, 2017 Colleen Barsotti

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