Religion News Service – 3/26/20
OPED by Rev. Liz Theoharris
Maine Beacon – 3/5/20
At polls across Maine on Tuesday, hundreds of voters spoke with health care advocates and signed pledge cards calling on Sen. Susan Collins to do more to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Many Mainers punctuated their message by sharing how much they pay each month for their prescriptions, often totaling thousands of dollars.
Stat News – 3/5/20
Progressive Democrats are pushing to constrain how much drug makers can charge for a coronavirus vaccine.
A group of lawmakers held a press conference Thursday to pressure the Trump administration to impose price controls on any coronavirus-related treatment, and to call on their colleagues to reconsider some of the ambitious drug pricing legislation they have put forward this Congress. Their platform goes far beyond the Medicare negotiation legislation from Speaker Nancy Pelosi that passed the House in December; they instead highlighted a bill, among others, that would create an independent committee to set the price for any drug created using federal research.
The Hill – 1/16/20
The health insurance industry is donating big to Democrats even amid criticism of the industry and growing calls for “Medicare for All” from the progressive wing of the party.
By Margarida Jorge and Frank Clemente
The newly passed House bill allowing Medicare negotiations on drug prices is a first step toward taming Big Pharma and broader corporate abuse.
Last week’s House vote to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices was overdue. Now it’s up to the Senate and President Donald Trump to take action.
By BEN JEALOUS
If enacted, H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Prices Now Act, would, for the first time, give the government the power to negotiate lower drug prices for millions of patients enrolled in Medicare, and millions more with private insurance. The stakes are huge: Not only would this save Medicare $500 billion over the next decade, these savings would be used to expand benefits to include dental, vision and hearing coverage and help low-income seniors pay out-of-pocket costs.
By ROBIN TANNER
My mother is one of the 7.4 million Americans who depend on insulin to manage their diabetes.
With insulin prices nearly doubling from 2012 to 2016, my family and millions of others have been forced to cut corners to afford their life-saving medication, all while drug corporations have raked in billions in profits, including two companies based right here in our state.