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Sanders writes: "Perhaps next to Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry is the most powerful political force in this country."

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)


Enough Is Enough! It's Time for Congress to Stop Catering to the Demands of the Pharmaceutical Industry

By Bernie Sanders, Bernie Sanders' Facebook Page

31 May 17

 

t is an outrage that the Republicans banned Medicare from negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices back in 2003. Not only would removing this ban substantially reduce the prices seniors pay for drugs, it could save Medicare over half a trillion dollars over the next decade.

Perhaps next to Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry is the most powerful political force in this country. They have spent more than $3 billion lobbying since 1998, and they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign contributions.

Enough is enough! In the year 2017, it is time for Congress to stop catering to the demands of the pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists, and start listening to the American people who want us to end the greed of the big drug companies.

High-Price Drugs Raise Costs for Seniors in Medicare Part D


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+53 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-31 12:46
Until Sanders is saying this from the White House Oval Office, he may as well be a voice crying out in the wilderness.

This is exactly what the whole democratic party should be saying, over and over and louder and louder. Real healthcare reform should be about controlling costs. The only way to insure all people is to bring the costs down and to channel the savings into insuring more people. Sanders is right.

But what is the Democratic party now doing? It is exploring how to put up its own billionaire for president in 2020. It is cozying up to Mark Zuckerberg and Mark Cuban. In 2020 it may be billionaire vs billionaire. And neither side will give a damn about what Sanders says.
 
 
+31 # wantrealdemocracy 2017-05-31 18:53
Forget the Democratic party. You need to be in the face of who ever is in office to DEMAND that they vote as directed by their constituents--- and not their major 'donors'.

The residents who live in the district must call for town hall meetings and ask the elected official to come and LISTER to the people. We are their bosses and they need to do what we say. If they don't---kick them out of office. Try the same thing over with the next 'representative ' until we get one who will truly represent us, and not the big money boys.
 
 
-18 # ericlipps 2017-06-01 04:45
Bernie Sanders will never, ever be president, and it's time to put that fantasy out to pasture.

He'll be 78 in 2020. He might not even still be alive by then, and if he is, he might not--probably will not--even consider running.
 
 
+9 # dusty 2017-06-01 14:43
ericlipps-- 78 is not so old and people of that age can do anything they want to do. Bernie was said to be too old last year but look how he worked. He probably tired out one heck of a lot of younger people and he is driven from his beliefs to continue to confront and fight for freedom and socialism starting with the issue of single payer health care.
 
 
+1 # Moxa 2017-06-02 13:47
"... he might not--probably will not--even consider running."

If he does decide to run, he will win.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-06-03 07:50
eric -- yes, you are right. Sanders is a movement leader. It will be someone from the movement Sandars got started who becomes the first "democratic" president in a very long time.
 
 
0 # CL38 2017-06-03 23:02
Do you ever stop shilling? It's time for YOU to put your fantasy of Clinton as President out to pasture. Sanders has continued to work damn hard for all of us since the 'election'.

If he decides to run for a third party, let's see how American's vote, shall we?
 
 
0 # CL38 2017-06-03 23:05
Bernie is still out there every day working hard for all of us. I don't could care less which billionaire the establishment Dems push on Americans, no matter who.

Until I see a progressive DP, my vote will not be cast for them. All done voting the lesser of two evils.
 
 
+39 # Moxa 2017-05-31 13:10
There will not be significant change until there is a party that represents the needs of the people. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans do. We need a People's Party.

draftbernie.org Sign the petition!
 
 
+17 # kanawah 2017-05-31 18:32
The democrats are not perfect, but the republicans are perfectly WRONG.
 
 
+34 # lfeuille 2017-05-31 19:49
While this is mostly true, in the long run the Dems with their current ideology are not going to allow the implementation of progressive policies that would actually make things better. So they will continue to get worse for the 99%. More quickly under Republicans than Democrats, but neither will reverse the trend. Not being as bad as Trump is not good enough.
 
 
+19 # OrlandoDFree 2017-05-31 18:39
There's no point in talking about a third party until we get something like Instant Runoff Voting. (Look it up if you don't know the term.) IRF will let third parties run without being spoilers. Voters won't have to worry that a vote for Sanders is a vote for Trump.
 
 
+14 # lfeuille 2017-05-31 19:52
It's a vicious cycle. We won't get significant electoral reforms under Republicans or corporate Democrats. I guess the cycle will be eventually broken. History does show sudden major changes, but right now I can't figure out how it will happen.
 
 
+2 # Hooligan 2017-06-02 01:28
Quoting lfeuille:
It's a vicious cycle. We won't get significant electoral reforms under Republicans or corporate Democrats. I guess the cycle will be eventually broken. History does show sudden major changes, but right now I can't figure out how it will happen.
*So Let's make that a priority and get it done!
 
 
+22 # giraffee23 2017-05-31 18:04
In fact ... with the GOP majority in Congress and the WH "Who would be king" - it will not happen and I wouldn't be surprised if Pharma and other BIG $$ get to take MORE from the 99%

We still have elections and should monitor them carefully so we can allow a different breed to govern us ---

And overturn Citizen's United and so much more changes have to happen.

Love you Bernie
 
 
-7 # Robbee 2017-05-31 20:27
Quoting giraffee23:
In fact ... with the GOP majority in Congress and the WH "Who would be king" - it will not happen and I wouldn't be surprised if Pharma and other BIG $$ get to take MORE from the 99%

We still have elections and should monitor them carefully so we can allow a different breed to govern us ---

And overturn Citizen's United and so much more changes have to happen.

Love you Bernie

- salute! we have the best government money can buy!

meanwhile bernie stops promoting public funding, only, of elections - robbee wonders why?
 
 
0 # CL38 2017-06-03 23:08
meanwhile bernie stops promoting public funding, only, of elections - robbee wonders why?

why don't you and ericlipps get a room?
 
 
+24 # Wise woman 2017-05-31 18:27
I never did understand why our Congress is so wimpy regarding big pharma. Must be that they're all on the take. Other countries have no problem whatsoever getting meds at prices people can afford. Our vetting process should include taking lessons from foreign leaders on how to curb drug costs.
 
 
+29 # lfeuille 2017-05-31 19:54
Campaign contributions. The revolving door between congressional staff and lobbying firms. In other words, legalized corruption.
 
 
+18 # economagic 2017-05-31 19:43
Yes, Big Pharma stinks out loud, but the most powerful political force in this country? How about the MIC, a much bigger chunk of GDP? How about the fossil fools, who own the government and rent it to the MIC, and who just took the US out of a critical climate action agreement for the second time in 15 years? (The rest of the world, especially China and India, is not going to sit by and wait for us this time,with unforeseeable but likely serious consequences.) And how about the MSM, which have provided Mr. T-Rump with more dollars worth of free air time than the next FIFTY top celebrities together? And let's not forget the NRA, the white supremacists, and the nut-cakes that pretend themselves to be "sovereign," as in "sovereign nations," listed together because of their massively overlapping membership.

And yes, each of these threats to human survival (much less democratic government) must be addressed and corralled separately. But actions against these threats cannot succeed unless we recognize that each one is but a part of a much larger movement "pursuing always the same Object evinc[ing] a design to reduce [us] under absolute Despotism." A Constitutional Convention isn't going to save us this time, because "We have met the enemy and he is us," or at least the product of all we have done or failed to do or tried to do but failed to accomplish over the past 50-70 years.
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2017-06-02 09:44
economagic: Where does this quote, "pursuing always the same Object evinc[ing] a design to reduce [us] under absolute Despotism.", come from? I "googled" it and only got back to your comment here.
 
 
+4 # diamondmarge7 2017-05-31 20:36
MONEY IS HE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
 
 
+7 # Saberoff 2017-05-31 21:10
"It is an outrage that the Republicans banned Medicare from negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices back in 2003."

Come on, Bern... What about those thirteen Dem assholes who voted against your bill, not long after their abysmal showing in all those 2016 elections?

I'm having my Tulsi in '20 sticker printed up next few days; then we'll see what happens. Should we live long enough.
 
 
+3 # Blackjack 2017-06-01 13:50
Diamondmarge7, you are wrong: The LOVE of money is the root of all evil! And both parties love it far more than they love their constituents.
 
 
+2 # Depressionborn 2017-06-02 06:58
yep

We here have given up any hope on career politicians. They cannot possibly represent the people for their votes are always for sale. Republics never last because they have always turned into Oligarchies. Hillary is filthy rich, yet she has worked only for government. Nobody asks how
 

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