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Jeffrey Fortune 5 months
Price controls rather than increasing competition? Gee, what could go wrong?
Steve Nicholas 5 months
It sounds to me like you should be complaining about the ways pharmaceutical companies game the patent system to keep generics out of the market.
Boudica 5 months
see also, FDA approval process
yuckycrumpet 5 months
Nothing. Americans are getting screwed in the cost of meds. Why not try to be more like, well every other developed nation where the citizens can afford them? Works fine for them.

yuckycrumpet 5 months
other countries get the same meds made by the same companies for a fraction of the cost, or for free. fact
Watheverable GRAMPS 5 months
@Ben lesson #1 of adulthood: There's nothing free.
Der Rikmeister 5 months
Unicorns exist and they poop pure cocaine for free. fact. (Sorry, just demonstrating the problem with your statement.)
Ophaniel X 5 months
@Gramps Ummm were on this platform for free right now as we speak. So yeah it can happen.

liberty Ann 5 months
The tired old talking point that drugs are unsafe in Canada and Germany is bogus. And all the innovation in the world means nothing if we have to choose between food, rent or medicine.

M.Twain 5 months
Don't see a problem, support from both sides and would help Trump to keep a campaign promise, now let's get that single-payer healthcare system going, it would help Trump with another promise of a better, cheaper healthcare system that will cover all Americans. And he needs help as he said who knew healthcare was so complicated.
G-Rex 5 months
To be fair, his campaign promise was he was going to make healthcare available to everyone, make it cheaper, and implement it on his 1st day as president. I think it's too late for that one lol
Russ Kurtell 5 months
Single payer healthcare. Code for wanting your hospitals to feel like the DMV. M Twain, you truly are a clown car full of bad arguments and even worse ideas.
M.Twain 5 months
G-Rex fair point

Der Rikmeister 5 months
The ignorance demonstrated by these politicians and some of the comments here are so frustrating. It's not a simple Disney scenario where only one side is villainous and greedy and the other virtuous and selfless. There are so many factors that go into it (both morally right and wrong) that most seem unaware of, so it's easy for these politicians to take advantage of their feelings of injustice. Like so many things in real life, it more complicated than you think.

SN 1054 5 months
Government regulation to counter act government regulation that stops competition.

Rocky LeBlanc 5 months
The best way to reduce drug costs is less regulations not more fools. They need oversight, but not to this degree. If they really wanted to reduce drug costs get rid of the high costs associated with the drug submission process through the FDA. Maybe reduce the time and costs associated with FDA testing guidelines. There is tons of regulations that could be rolled back to cut drug costs.
yuckycrumpet 5 months
that's not how it works at all
Der Rikmeister 5 months
@Ben Ross Actually, that is almost exactly how it works. Please explain what you think is specifically incorrect about his statement.
Clayton Fraley 5 months
Der, FDA regulations in the US already allow pharmaceutical companies to get away with more than they could in other countries. The same is true for food. Regulations are already more lax than they should be. Rolling back regulations would hurt consumers and it is highly doubtful that there would be any real change in price, at least not for the better.

Malcolm C. 5 months
why should drug prices be lowered what is the point of that?
stephanie allen 5 months
because people are dying because they can't afford it.did you hear of the 20 something kid that died because he couldn't afford his $1400 a month insulin on top of bills and health insurance?
stephanie allen 5 months
he was 26 and no longer qualified to stay under his parents plan. his cost for insurance for a pre- existing condition and the cost of meds killed him. he couldn't afford it and had to ration his lifesaving meds. he fell into a coma alone in his apartment and died. this should have never happen!!!!
liberty Ann 5 months
Ask me that if you or a family member gets a serious illness.

InrickeSuave 5 months
I know let’s attack one of the few industries that America dominates on the world stage. It’s their fault that that China just copies their drugs and sells them to the rest of the world cheaper since they didn’t have to spend money developing or testing them to make sure it’s safe. It’s there fault the rest of the world buys these drugs. Let’s make it unprofitable to develop new drugs treatments and cures. Let’s switch to entirely charitable donation system to fund disease research.
Boudica 5 months
let's not forget the lack of ethical practices and data integrity issues that spin out of Asia....oh and of course, the fake drugs like Heparin
Gordon Philips 5 months
If we are so dominant, why do we pay more for it? Shouldn't Trump get Americans the "best deal" and make sure other countries pay more? It's not like other countries don't allow marketing to patients or have for profit medicine. Oh, wait that is exactly it.
Zachary Traylor 5 months
The best cost the most. But if we have up the competition and give a start up the capital via loan to compete, then it would make things easier. Plus you could get rid of the cap on new doctors a year that is currently held at 28,000 residency slots. You need residency before you become a doctor and with that artificially low number thousands can’t get into the field. Also by enforcing anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws it would pass out fines of millions to big pharma who could be found to be forming formal or informal trusts.

Tommy Nelson 5 months
I'm not going lie, I originally thought that the head line said "Sanders is cumming" and clicked on it to make sure I read it right. Shows how pure my mind is.

Alexander Perry 5 months
I have very limited knowledge on this topic so don’t poke fun please. Is it true that the United States prevents foreign drug imports in able to control current market prices?
M.Twain 5 months
Mostly true, big pharma pays politicians on both sides to do their bidding. You used to be able to buy drugs from places like Canada, big pharma and the pharmacies got Congress to put a stop to that claiming it was to protect the consumer.
Der Rikmeister 5 months
There's also the consideration that if an imported drug is not FDA approved, who will be held accountable if it has unresearched side effects or fatalities? The government-pharma bed is wide and full of corruption, but we have extremely high standards in the US, partly due to expectations and partly due to our litigious nature. Very complicated problem.

SimonR 5 months
Into the bin the bill goes.

David Ball 5 months
Price controls. Genius.

Frost 509 5 months
I’m ok with this, honestly I’m of the opinion that you shouldn’t be able to charge more than double what it costs to make somthing, especially medicine

Mark East 5 months
let's see if those same corporate Democrats vote no AGAIN