We've heard a lot about "healthcare reform." Yet drug costs in the United States are out of control.
In 2014, the cost of prescription drugs in the United States skyrocketed by 12 percent. In that same year, 20 percent of the population - or 35 million people - did not fill a prescription because they could not afford to do so.
Between now and the end of June, the Democratic Party Platform Committee is soliciting input for this year's Party Platform. Click here to send some input.
Stand with RootsAction.org as part of a large coalition telling the Democratic Platform Committee to seriously deal with pharmaceutical price gouging by endorsing the following cost-saving measures:
- Stopping direct-to-consumer drug company advertising subsidies (tax breaks), and reinvest funds in research.
- Requiring drug companies that benefit from taxpayers' support to invest in research, not marketing.
- Limiting out-of-pocket spending and demanding value.
- Capping monthly and annual out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs.
- Increasing competition for prescription drugs, including specialty drugs.
- Prohibiting "pay for delay" arrangements.
- Allowing Americans to safely import drugs from abroad.
- Ensuring new drugs provide value rather than adding to cost without improving treatments and outcomes.
- Requiring higher rebates for prescription drugs in Medicare.
- Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices.
- Introducing generic competition with expensive drug patent monopolies.
- Penalizing pharmaceutical companies for excessive year-to-year price hikes.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.