Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Stop protecting Big Pharma and allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.
Each year, millions of seniors are forced to pay exorbitant prices for essential medications. This is due in part to a law that bars Medicare from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices. Drug lobbyists and their allies in Congress worked to push the law through in 2003 under the Bush administration. Since then, Big Pharma has drained seniors and pocketed billions.
The United States is one of the only countries with government healthcare assistance that does not allow negotiation on behalf of its citizens. Countries such as Japan, Denmark, and Canada bargain with drug companies to ensure prices are affordable. Many senior citizens in the U.S. find the price tags on their medications so damaging that they simply go without them.
Allowing drug companies to price gouge American citizens is a terrible injustice. It is also highly expensive. Researchers have argued that the federal government could save around $15 billion by negotiating for the prices of drugs. Drug lobbyists may have pushed this harmful legislation through but Congress has the power to reverse it. We must repeal laws that benefit greedy corporations at the expense of Americans in need. Urge Congress to ease Big Pharma’s stranglehold on senior citizens and allow Medicare to negotiate prices.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
I am writing to you to urge you and Congress to correct a profound injustice that has been done to our seniors. Due to a law pushed through Congress by drug lobbyists and their allies in 2003, Medicare is unable to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for the price of medications. The results are unfair drug prices for senior citizens and unnecessary spending by the federal government.
The United States is one of the only countries with federal healthcare assistance that does not bargain on behalf of its recipients. Consequently, the U.S. government pays upwards of two times what countries such as Japan, Canada, and Denmark do for pharmaceuticals. Repealing this damaging law will aid both senior citizens and the federal budget.
The pharmaceutical industry generates absurd profits by forcing people to pay too much for life-saving drugs. Seniors need access to affordable medications more than pharmaceutical CEOs need bigger bonuses. Please take a stand against Big Pharma price gouging and support legislation to repeal the ban on price negotiation.
[Your Name Here]
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