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“Two years ago, I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disorder that affects my spine and has spread to most of my major joints. I currently take the very expensive biologic Taltz, which is priced at over $6,000 a month. That’s simply money I don’t have as a college student. I’m going to have to take an expensive biologic for the rest of my life, so I’m concerned that without provisions like Medicare negotiation put in place to rein in this behavior, I will be priced out of my drug.”— Jacqueline GaribayAustin, Texas
“As a retired senior, I have Medicare for prescription drug coverage. The monthly price of the Imbruvica I need to manage my cancer is now over $14,000. Who can possibly afford that? We need Medicare to be able to negotiate for lower drug prices for me and all of the other patients who are struggling.”— Lynn ScarfutoHerkimer, New York
“After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I had to leave my job and move back to Michigan in order to be near my family for support. The Kesimpta I am prescribed to treat my MS has a list price of over $12,000 per month. There have been times when I had to forgo my treatment for months at a time while I waited for grants to be approved, and my symptoms worsened. I could lose my independence, solely because of outrageous drug prices. Congress can fix this. Let Medicare negotiate lower drug prices for patients like me! ”— Lisa McRipleyAuburn Hills, MI
“Medicare should negotiate drug prices across the board… This isn’t a partisan issue. Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. This is about whether or not you and your loved ones can afford the prescription drugs you need.”
“There is no reason why Americans pay two or three times as much for drugs that are manufactured in the U.S. as do people in other countries. So, we’re going to go and do something the old-fashioned way, an American tradition: negotiate to get a better price. Congress looks like it’s on its way to making [Medicare negotiation] happen, and we will do everything we can at HHS to support their efforts.”
“Our goal is to lower the cost of prescription drugs for the American people. In order to do that, it is essential we have the power to negotiate.”
“The American people are overwhelmingly of the view that when you have 50 million seniors plus in Medicare, the program ought to negotiate to get them a good deal. Who in the world doesn’t negotiate when you got all those people who are counting on you?”
“Americans pay three, four, or ten times the amount that people pay in other countries for the exact same drug. How is that fair? It’s not — in fact, it’s outrageous and it is long past time that we negotiate a better deal for Americans.”
On allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices: “That should have been done years ago. How in the heck that never was done doesn’t make any sense at all.”
“It is an unconscionable abuse to the American people that pharma does not compete for drugs provided under Medicare Part D. We are the defenders of competition and free enterprise, so why not with pharma? Allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for over 43 million Americans enrolled in Medicare Part D is one of the best solutions to lower medication costs and ensure access to the prescriptions they need. These negotiations will make prescription prices lower for our seniors.”
“Legislation that allows Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of Americans will ensure we get the innovation we need at prices patients can afford. Let’s get it done.”