Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 1,865
Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

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.

Sign Here






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


May 22, 2018 Cindy Pullano We're living in such a corrupt and greedy world. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 " ... For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Jill Duft
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Heidi Ascher
May 21, 2018 Roxann Carmean Floyd
May 20, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 19, 2018 Andrea Giolli
May 19, 2018 Michele Busler
May 18, 2018 Avis Lair
May 18, 2018 Sharon Novak
May 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is outrageous that individuals have to do without needed medicines because of greed. If other countries can negotiate with the drug companies why can't the United States.
May 17, 2018 Naomi Sobo
May 17, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
May 17, 2018 Richard Rheder
May 17, 2018 Darren Spies If we're so proud to be Americans, let's take care of the Americans.
May 17, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 16, 2018 f fm
May 15, 2018 Donna Dixon Please drug prices are out of site and many suffer or worse because they can't afford them. Make everyone accountable.
May 10, 2018 Tiffany Gravel
May 10, 2018 Jennifer VanGrandt
May 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2018 Joanne Petaccio
May 6, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
May 1, 2018 Ellen McCann
Apr 30, 2018 Kim Hanke
Apr 30, 2018 Debi Hertel
Apr 27, 2018 Edward Jepson
Apr 26, 2018 Erika Baker Pray for every cause and support them! Life is so short.
Apr 25, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
Apr 21, 2018 Lens Lucas
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 13, 2018 paula williams
Apr 11, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 11, 2018 Joan Ellis
Apr 11, 2018 freddie williams
Apr 11, 2018 Joan Sampson
Apr 11, 2018 Diane Beeman
Apr 11, 2018 Sandi Crawford I've been in situations where I could not afford medication and I have a good job too! This needs to stop now. Medications need to be affordable for our healths sake. Everything should not be about money!
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Time for a change for the better.
Apr 11, 2018 Ian Whitelaw
Apr 10, 2018 Amy Cheshier
Apr 10, 2018 Chelsie Marcusen
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Pamela Lawrence
Apr 10, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Apr 10, 2018 Patricia Kortjohn

back to top

Pink Ribbon Quick-Dry Polo Shirt
Share this page and help fund mammograms: