Bernie Sanders View of Prescription Drug Program

Joanne,

All across the country, people are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring, and tragically many can no longer afford their medicine. Americans pay – by far – the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Drug costs increased more than 12 percent last year, more than double the rise in overall medical costs. And in 2013, the U.S. spent nearly 40 percent more per person on prescriptions than Canada, the next most expensive industrialized country.

Last year, nearly 20 percent of the population, or 35 million people, did not fill a prescription because they could not afford it. That should not be happening in the United States of America – but it is. And it’s not likely to end anytime soon, unless we do something.

That is why I have introduced the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015. Please stand with me and our partners at Social Security Works in telling Congress that we need common sense solutions to rein in drug prices and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable.

This is not a partisan issue. Most Americans – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – want Congress to do something about drug prices. Eighty-six percent of those polled in a new Kaiser Health poll, including 82 percent of Republicans, think drug companies should be required to release information to the public on how they set their prices. Large majorities support other solutions to the problem of rising drug prices as well.

Our drug costs are out of control because that’s the way the pharmaceutical companies want it. Drug lobbyists have been able to block Medicare from negotiating better prices on behalf of the American people.

Please, stand with me today in calling on Congress to pass the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 to rein in drug prices, demand transparency from drug companies and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for fraud and price manipulation.

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 lobby. The public is fed up, and they have a right to be fed up. It is time we joined the rest of the industrialized world – not only by enacting a national health care program, but by implementing prescription-drug policies that work for everybody, not just the CEOs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Sincerely,
Bernie

Sent by Social Security Works on behalf of US Senator Bernie Sanders

Analysis

Source – eMail from Bernie Sanders to one of his supporters, Joanne, Sept 2015

#1 – All across the country, people are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring

  • This is a Conclusion Statement.  This is not a fact.
  • In general I would tend to agree.
  • The use of the word “soaring” is vague.  “Soaring” as compared to what?
  • The intent of this sentence is to provide the incentive to act to lower drug prices.

#2 – tragically many can no longer afford their medicine.

  • Conclusion
  • I would tend to agree but this is vague

#3 – Americans pay – by far – the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

  • Fact Statement

Drug costs increased more than 12 percent last year, more than double the rise in overall medical costs. And in 2013, the U.S. spent nearly 40 percent more per person on prescriptions than Canada, the next most expensive industrialized country.

Last year, nearly 20 percent of the population, or 35 million people, did not fill a prescription because they could not afford it. That should not be happening in the United States of America – but it is. And it’s not likely to end anytime soon, unless we do something.

That is why I have introduced the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015. Please stand with me and our partners at Social Security Works in telling Congress that we need common sense solutions to rein in drug prices and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable.

This is not a partisan issue. Most Americans – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – want Congress to do something about drug prices. Eighty-six percent of those polled in a new Kaiser Health poll, including 82 percent of Republicans, think drug companies should be required to release information to the public on how they set their prices. Large majorities support other solutions to the problem of rising drug prices as well.

Our drug costs are out of control because that’s the way the pharmaceutical companies want it. Drug lobbyists have been able to block Medicare from negotiating better prices on behalf of the American people.

Please, stand with me today in calling on Congress to pass the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 to rein in drug prices, demand transparency from drug companies and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for fraud and price manipulation.

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 lobby. The public is fed up, and they have a right to be fed up. It is time we joined the rest of the industrialized world – not only by enacting a national health care program, but by implementing prescription-drug policies that work for everybody, not just the CEOs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Sincerely,
Bernie

Sent by Social Security Works on behalf of US Senator Bernie Sanders