In 2009 President Obama made a bargain with the devil to get Obamacare™ passed if Big Pharma agreed to mark down certain prescription drug prices for seniors. In return the White House would agree to spare the drug companies from having to negotiate lower drug prices.
On September 1, 2015 Bernie Sanders posted this on his website: Stop Skyrocketing Drug Prices.
Two days later this was followed by an excellent article at Think Progress: Prescription Drug Prices are Out of Control. Bernie Sanders has a Plan (by Andrew Breiner Sep 3, 2015)
Then three weeks later we got this BREAKING NEWS from the New York Times: Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750.00 Overnight (by Andrew Pollack Sept. 20, 2015 — where Bernie Sanders is mentioned.)
Two days later Bernie Sanders appeared on MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" to discuss that story in New York Times, saying Big Pharma spent more money last year on lobbying, campaign contributions, marketing and advertising than they did on research and development.
Below are some articles in follow-up pieces to that New York Times post:
- Bloomberg: Clinton's Tweet on High Drug Prices Sends Biotech Stocks Down (by Robert Langreth and Drew Armstrong Sept 21, 2015)
- Politico: Bernie Sanders questions drug price spike. He demands an explanation for a leap from $13.50 per tablet to $750 (By Brett Norman Sept 21, 2015)
- CNBC: Clinton calls drug price hike 'outrageous,' vows plan (by Meg Tirrell and Dan Mangan Sept 21, 2015)
- TIME: Clinton and Sanders Offer Competing Visions of Health Care (by Sam Frizell Sept. 22, 2015)
- New York Times: Hillary Clinton Proposes Cap on Patients’ Drug Costs as Bernie Sanders Pushes His Plan (By Patrick Healy and Margot Sanger-Katz Sept. 22, 2015)
- USA Today: Hillary Clinton unveils plan to lower prescription drug costs (by Heidi M Przybyla Sept 22, 2015):
"Hillary Clinton on Tuesday unveiled a plan to rein in prescription drug costs by forcing pharmaceutical companies to reinvest their profits into research and allowing for more generic and imported drugs." (Sound familiar?)
Bernie Sanders stance on the issue of prescription drug prices had already been posted on his website when he first began campaigning for President (and is also posted here at Feel The Bern). Bernie has been at this for years.
Just like her plan on college tuition costs, the keystone pipeline, the TPP trade agreement, prescription drug prices (etc.), we can always expect Hillary Clinton to follow in Bernie Sanders' footsteps — or borrow ideas from him and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Just like former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley recently said:
"On issue after issue — marriage equality, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, children fleeing violence in Central America, the Syrian refugee crisis, and now the Keystone Pipeline, Secretary Clinton has followed — not forged — public opinion. Leadership is about stating where you stand on critical issues, regardless of how they poll or focus groups."
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