Medicare should bargain for lower drug prices

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2007

Most consumers are justifiably outraged when they learn that Americans pay more for prescription drugs, on average, than anyone else in the world. That's why it is so important for Congress to give the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services authority to negotiate lower drug prices for the Medicare program.

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The U.S. House has already passed a bill directing the department to do so (House Resolution 4). Now it's time for the Senate to act. Prescription drugs are just too high. It's just common sense to allow the government to be able to negotiate for lower prices - just as employers, hospitals, the Alaska Medicaid program and the Department of Veterans Affairs do.

AARP urges Congress to use both the power of the marketplace and government bargaining to bring down the cost of Medicare's important prescription drug program.

Please call your Senators with this message: "give Medicare the right to bargain for lower drug prices." Simply dial (800) 869-3130.

Liz Lucas

Past AARP Alaska president


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