6000% percent increases in the prices of prescription drugs are not uncommon in the United States, and that is criminal. In a heartbreaking video, we see some of the real life consequences of the unfettered greed and uncontrolled piracy of the pharmaceutical industry and hear about its effects on many peoples lives. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is also competing for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination, speaks at the end of this emotionally charged video about the change we need to see in the prescription drug industry. His impassioned plea took place just three short months ago.
Prescription drug prices in America are out of control, but we need real change to deal with that, not just a political mouthpiece telling us what we want to hear. We need real change in America, and we need real integrity to make that change. Bernie Sanders defies the stereotype of mouthpiece politician yet again, on September 1st, not two months after this video was made, Bernie Sanders announced:
BURLIGTON, Vt., Sept. 1 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today he will introduce legislation to stop soaring increases in pharmaceutical prices.
Americans, who already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world, saw prices jump 12.6 percent last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That increase was more than double the rise in overall medical costs.
“Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt if they get sick. People should not have to go without the medication they need just because their elected officials aren’t willing to challenge the drug and health care industry lobby,” Sanders said. The pharmaceutical industry spent nearly $230 million lobbying Congress last year, some $65 million more than any other industry.
“Between our government’s unwillingness to negotiate prices and its failure to effectively fight fraud, it’s no wonder drug prices are out of control. We have got to make sure that everyone in this country can afford the prescription drugs that they need to live healthy lives,” Sanders said.
Sanders said Congress should authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies to bring down costs for Medicare drug benefits. “We should use our buying power to get better deals for the American people. Other countries do it. Why don’t we?”
To read more about Sanders’ proposals, click here.
Source: Bernie Sanders Senate page
People living in America are afraid of going bankrupt if they get sick. People already sick and in need of medication are in a constant balancing act between food and medication, or between medication and homelessness. I know this battle well; asthma medications I take daily were too expensive for us last year, over 400$ a month after our insurance paid their portion. Three ER visits and several extra clinic appointments later, my local clinic staff found coupons for me, got me samples from the drug company, and bent over backwards to help save my life. To live in America and know that you could be financially ruined by the failing heath of any family member is just plain wrong. To know that you could die of something so utterly controllable as asthma or high blood pressure here simply because you cannot afford the medication that would save your life is evil.
Integrity is what it is called when someone can be trusted to do what they say they will do, and this shows integrity. Watch more about the problem in this important and informative video below:
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