Are you paying too much for your prescription drugs? I know I am. Medicare pays drug companies $129 billion per year for prescription drugs. Why so much? Because Big Pharma and their lobbyists have been successful in passing a law some time ago which resulted in Medicare being prohibited from negotiating drug prices. The Veterans Administration can negotiate for cheaper prices but Medicare can’t! Absurd? Yes. Outrageous? Yes. A waste of taxpayer dollars and simply unfair. Allowing Medicare to negotiate prices would save billions of dollars.

It is time to demand that a law be passed to protect the people rather than the politicians. Is your legislator part of the solution or part of the problem? Call/write your legislator and demand that this travesty which hurts millions of Americans be fixed.

Jack Setterlund


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