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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


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
Feb 26, 2017 Vicki Hoffa
Feb 26, 2017 Kathy Butler I have been disabled since 2002 and the cost of my medication is unbearable. I often have to choose between medication and other essentials.
Feb 26, 2017 Eliza Duncan
Feb 26, 2017 Véronique Faisy
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Even with insurance, I can hardly afford my meds!
Feb 25, 2017 Ed Zehel
Feb 25, 2017 Patrik Löfgren
Feb 24, 2017 Gertrud Bessai
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Christine Jordan
Feb 24, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 24, 2017 Lynn L Please enact these new policies and halt the GREED!
Feb 24, 2017 Fuji Takashi
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) When is enough, enough? Putting peoples lives at risk for profit is wrong. Wrong. WRONG!
Feb 24, 2017 Thom Sherman
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) Patients in need must not be denied medication that's too costly because of greedy drug manufacturers.
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 Dorothy Young Have a good holiday. Please come back deterring this outrage.
Feb 22, 2017 Richard Wallace
Feb 22, 2017 Megan Dunmire
Feb 22, 2017 Linda Anderson
Feb 22, 2017 Christina White
Feb 22, 2017 Debra Wontor
Feb 22, 2017 Emmanuel Xerias
Feb 22, 2017 Cindi Goldberg
Feb 19, 2017 Terry Parker
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 13, 2017 Marsha King
Feb 13, 2017 Shaun Farr
Feb 10, 2017 Frances Patch
Feb 10, 2017 Julia Maness
Feb 10, 2017 Heidi Simmons
Feb 10, 2017 Carole Ste Marie
Feb 8, 2017 S A Shivers
Feb 8, 2017 inger knudson
Feb 7, 2017 Alicia Bynum
Feb 7, 2017 Ruth Genter
Feb 7, 2017 ANNA WILKINS
Feb 7, 2017 LEE & HEBERT
Feb 6, 2017 Margaret Touw
Feb 6, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle I am tired of hearing drug companies using "research" to justify the exorbitant cost of drugs. Why must Americans shoulder the burden when these drugs are available in other countries for much less?
Feb 5, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac

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