Why are Americans paying more for prescription drugs than people in other countries— 5% to 198% more for the same drugs?
Because congress allows it.
This week Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Amy Klobuchar tried to get an amendment through congress that would have allowed Americans to buy their medication from Canada in order to save money.
On January 11, 2017, Senator Sanders on the Senate Floor said:
“We are the only major country not to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry. You could walk into a drugstore today and the price could be double or three times what you paid a year ago, and there is no law to stop them. They can and they will raise prices as high as the market will allow. And if people die as a result of that, not a problem for them. People get sick, not a problem for them.”
12 Republicans voted to pass the Sanders/Klobuchar Amendment, add those votes to the votes of the Democrats and it passes—thank you Bernie Sanders! Grandma can continue to live, and afford to eat…the world is finally as it should be.
Well no… it’s not, because 13 Senate Democrats voted against the Bernie Sanders/Amy Klobuchar amendment.
Why would they do that?
A handful of the Democratic senators who voted “nay” were amongst the top Senate recipients of kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies:
Sen. Booker (D-NJ) — $267,338;
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) — $254,649;
Robert Casey (D-PA)— $250,730;
and Michael Bennet (D-CO) $222,000.
Wait, he voted nay… I’m confused.
He added: “Any plan to allow the importation of prescription medications should also include consumer protections that ensure foreign drugs meet American safety standards. I opposed an amendment put forward last night that didn’t meet this test.”
The safety excuse. I cry bullshit Senator, as most of the drugs that would be imported from Canada were originally manufactured in the United States— many in fact were manufactured in your own home state of New Jersey.
“My first response to that is show me the dead Canadians. Where are the dead Canadians?” ~former Minnesota Gov. (R) Tim Pawlenty
NJ Senator Cory Booker has received more pharmaceutical manufacturing cash over the past six years than any other Democratic senator.
Novartis, Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, and other big pharmaceutical companies took a gamble by donating to the campaign of Cory Booker, helping him win his 2013 election, and it paid off with his recent vote.
Again, why are drugs manufactured in the U.S. Cheaper in Canada? The drugs are cheaper in Canada because the Canadian government negotiates the price down.
Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia all voted against U.S. citizens.
Remember them when it’s time to vote.
Jan 13, 2016