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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


Jun 14, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
May 1, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 25, 2018 Roxanne McCullough
Apr 15, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 2, 2018 Barbara Costanzo
Mar 11, 2018 Kathleen Corby
Mar 9, 2018 Jill Madden
Mar 9, 2018 Jill Madden
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Yes, I have always wondered about this day, why Pharmaceutical Companies cannot make a pill that has more side effects than the one is taking a risk. Also, it is no secret that these companies are one of the leading lobbyists on Capitol Hill.
Mar 6, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Mar 6, 2018 Sally Simpson
Mar 6, 2018 Linda Luke
Mar 6, 2018 Annette Gagnon
Mar 6, 2018 Christine Maidl
Mar 6, 2018 Timothy Goddard
Mar 6, 2018 Sue andTim Scholl
Mar 6, 2018 Al Moorhouse One of my meds jumped in cost, and thus far I can buy it for 30 days at a time instead the 90 I'm allowed to buy at one time.. I wonder what the next jump will be!
Mar 6, 2018 Penelope Allingham
Mar 6, 2018 Francine Traniello
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 Jennifer Hensley
Mar 6, 2018 Michelle Haag
Mar 6, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Mar 6, 2018 sandra legasey
Mar 6, 2018 Jennifer Wilson
Mar 6, 2018 Elizabeth Fresh
Mar 6, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Mar 6, 2018 IL Sheehan
Mar 6, 2018 Helen Rosario-Bird
Mar 6, 2018 Cheryl Garcia
Mar 6, 2018 Ricki Hughlett Make mods affordable for seniors
Mar 6, 2018 Erika Ranzi
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) My mother had a ruptured aneurysm and dementia. To keep her healthy and comfortable was a ridiculous amount of money. Please help others!
Mar 6, 2018 Ellen Augustin
Mar 6, 2018 Beatrice Butler
Mar 6, 2018 Sherrie Collins
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2018 Debbie Holland
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 20, 2018 Susan Closson
Feb 20, 2018 Ginger Gorum
Feb 20, 2018 Donald DavisSr
Feb 20, 2018 Joyce Davis
Feb 20, 2018 Aly Jones
Feb 20, 2018 Jill Madden

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