Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Continue to provide rural and freestanding cancer hospitals with discounted drugs
Judge Rudolph Contreras issued an injunction blocking a new rule requiring drug companies to offer discounted medications to rural and cancer hospitals. The requirements sought to make certain life-saving medications affordable to those for whom they would have previously been inaccessible. Urge the Obama administration to appeal this decision and continue to improve the lives of our country’s most vulnerable.
The lawsuit, filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, claimed that the Obama administration had overstepped its authority in issuing such mandating. Biotechnology companies have already stopped providing discounts to hospitals that recently became eligible for the program. The rule sought to expand the discount drug program established in 1992 that limited how much drug companies could charge hospitals and clinics that served primarily low-income patients. The discounts are anywhere from 20 to 50 percent off the regular price.
Pharmaceutical companies and Republicans in Congress are pushing back against this life-saving measure out of concern that the program’s growth will result in lower profits. The rule excluded using discounted drugs to treat very rare or unusual diseases in order to increase incentive to develop better treatments for these conditions.
Sign this petition to urge President Obama to appeal Judge Contreras’s decision to reduce the number of life-saving medications offered to rural and cancer patients at a discount. Continue to provide all Americans with affordable healthcare.
Dear President Obama,
A new rule mandating that drug companies offer discounted drugs to rural hospitals and free-standing cancer hospitals was recently struck down by Judge Rudolph Contreras. This expansion of the discounted medication program would have helped patients who need expensive long-term care and those who live in areas where healthcare is mostly inaccessible. I urge you to appeal this decision and fight for improved healthcare for America’s most vulnerable populations.
For too long, the interests of big pharmaceutical companies have run healthcare, systematically excluding people from receiving life-saving medications and treatments. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction. It brought the needs of regular people to the forefront of the healthcare debate. Do not allow drug companies to slowly chip away at the tentative reform that is slowly changing the United States’ corrupt and overly complicated healthcare system.
Please appeal this decision and reinstate requirements that drug companies offer discounted drugs to rural hospitals and specialized cancer-treatment hospitals. Don’t compromise humane healthcare standards to protect the revenues of big pharmaceutical companies.
[Your Name Here]
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