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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 12, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jan 12, 2018 Gayla Amend
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 8, 2018 Liz Jones
Jan 7, 2018 tttomas friedman
Jan 4, 2018 Kathleen Scherman
Jan 3, 2018 TUSHAR SEN
Jan 3, 2018 Janie Anderson SO WRONG
Jan 3, 2018 Janet & JOn Burrows
Jan 3, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman Their profits mean more than lives. That is a crime.
Jan 3, 2018 Diane Ives Why isn't that a crime since it's killing people.
Jan 3, 2018 OSVALDO TOMAS
Jan 2, 2018 s w
Dec 31, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Dec 31, 2017 cathy mitchamore
Dec 30, 2017 Rhiannon Young
Dec 30, 2017 Steven Schueller
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2017 Ruth Singer
Dec 29, 2017 Tod Stewart
Dec 28, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 27, 2017 Donna Selquist
Dec 27, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
Dec 22, 2017 Catherine Lanuez
Dec 21, 2017 Henry Mobley
Dec 21, 2017 D Thompson
Dec 21, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Dec 15, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 10, 2017 Gwendolyn Moore
Dec 6, 2017 Michalla Courtorielle
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 1, 2017 christine etapa
Nov 29, 2017 Lisa Legato
Nov 26, 2017 barbara gale
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Nov 25, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 25, 2017 John Moszyk
Nov 25, 2017 Janis Bunch
Nov 17, 2017 Michelle Oroz
Nov 17, 2017 DIANE CORNWALL
Nov 17, 2017 Saffy Homaifar
Nov 17, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Nov 14, 2017 Cindy Krueger
Nov 14, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Nov 8, 2017 Louise Moore
Nov 7, 2017 Signe Dayhoff

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