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house Bill H.R. 3

Should Prescription Drug Prices be Negotiated by the HHS Secretary?

Argument in favor

Runaway prescription drug prices cost U.S. taxpayers, the U.S. healthcare system, health insurers, and the federal government billions of dollars. Pharmaceutical companies gouge U.S. consumers and the U.S. healthcare system because they can, not because they have to — their ability to turn profits in other countries while charging lower prices for the same prices is proof of this unconscionable practice. This bill will bring prescription drug prices under control, which will benefit everyone in the U.S. healthcare system, from consumers all the way up to the federal government.

jimK's Opinion
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12/11/2019
Yes, this is a proper start to reduce drug costs. Medicare has very effectively negotiated prices for most common medical procedures which has greatly reduced costs without jeopardizing innovation nor limiting the overall quality of care. Medical procedure negotiations are generally more complex because negotiated rates depend on complicating factors of locality costs and availability of services. These factors should have no impact on negotiated prices for medications. So, the NAY arguments are largely false. Costs should provide reasonable profit incentives for innovation and controls to prevent profiteering. There are established protocols for these negotiations that should be followed and there should be no role for politicians in the rate setting process other than in establishing policies, if needed. Congress has exempted itself from rules against accepting political gifts and they would be prime targets for an industry wanting to maintain it’s huge profit margins. Costs of medicine will be higher then they were for other countries for all purchasers everywhere since we will no longer be paying so much extra, nor covering legitimate R&D costs alone. It is time! I think this legislation will be torn apart by Republicans if it even ever gets out of Moscow Mitch’s black hole of useful legislation that does not support his benefactors. Everybody, flush 15 times! Do your part to flood away the bullshit. Welcome the Blue Wave!
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Brent's Opinion
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12/09/2019
This is a good idea, however it needs to be done by a Committee of Elected Officials Congress and Senate with equal amount from both parties. They should be doing this with Medical Equipment and other Medicare and Medicaid Items as well and they quotes should go out to Bid to the various companies with a set annual date and time line. All should be Public Information and be easily viewable by the Public and who and how they voted.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Negotiations with the pharmaceutical companies is exactly what is need and it needs to be done by federal employees not politicians. As we’ve seen in the hearings federal employees are dedicated to the job not like politicians who are consistently looking for re election and money to pay for that election. Negotiations is how other countries have lowered pharmaceutical cost and this is exactly why Medicare Part D is structured as it is. Pharmaceutical companies can dictate the price of the drug with little or no incentive by either the insurance company (if they want more profit, raise the price of the policy) or the pharmaceutical company (they can arbitrarily increase the cost if they want greater profit, we’ve seen that happen). Don’t let the politicians negotiate, allow federal employees, but negotiate for lower prices.
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Argument opposed

This bill would concentrate the power to set prescription drug prices in the hands of a few unelected bureaucrats, which is an incredibly huge responsibility to give to people aren’t beholden to anyone, including voters and the general public. It also puts healthcare innovation at risk: by reducing pharmaceutical companies’ revenue streams, it’d necessarily reduce those companies’ free capital to invest in potentially life-saving new medications. Finally, certain provisions of this bill, such as international reference pricing, could prove tremendously difficult to implement.

Bob's Opinion
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12/11/2019
They should be negotiated by free and voluntary transactions. The best way to make healthcare affordable is to get government out of it entirely.
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Ed's Opinion
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12/09/2019
do not trust them , they are and will be bought and paid for
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/11/2019
No, only the free market will provide quality affordable healthcare.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedSeptember 19th, 2019
    Yes, this is a proper start to reduce drug costs. Medicare has very effectively negotiated prices for most common medical procedures which has greatly reduced costs without jeopardizing innovation nor limiting the overall quality of care. Medical procedure negotiations are generally more complex because negotiated rates depend on complicating factors of locality costs and availability of services. These factors should have no impact on negotiated prices for medications. So, the NAY arguments are largely false. Costs should provide reasonable profit incentives for innovation and controls to prevent profiteering. There are established protocols for these negotiations that should be followed and there should be no role for politicians in the rate setting process other than in establishing policies, if needed. Congress has exempted itself from rules against accepting political gifts and they would be prime targets for an industry wanting to maintain it’s huge profit margins. Costs of medicine will be higher then they were for other countries for all purchasers everywhere since we will no longer be paying so much extra, nor covering legitimate R&D costs alone. It is time! I think this legislation will be torn apart by Republicans if it even ever gets out of Moscow Mitch’s black hole of useful legislation that does not support his benefactors. Everybody, flush 15 times! Do your part to flood away the bullshit. Welcome the Blue Wave!
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    They should be negotiated by free and voluntary transactions. The best way to make healthcare affordable is to get government out of it entirely.
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    This is a good idea, however it needs to be done by a Committee of Elected Officials Congress and Senate with equal amount from both parties. They should be doing this with Medical Equipment and other Medicare and Medicaid Items as well and they quotes should go out to Bid to the various companies with a set annual date and time line. All should be Public Information and be easily viewable by the Public and who and how they voted.
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    Negotiations with the pharmaceutical companies is exactly what is need and it needs to be done by federal employees not politicians. As we’ve seen in the hearings federal employees are dedicated to the job not like politicians who are consistently looking for re election and money to pay for that election. Negotiations is how other countries have lowered pharmaceutical cost and this is exactly why Medicare Part D is structured as it is. Pharmaceutical companies can dictate the price of the drug with little or no incentive by either the insurance company (if they want more profit, raise the price of the policy) or the pharmaceutical company (they can arbitrarily increase the cost if they want greater profit, we’ve seen that happen). Don’t let the politicians negotiate, allow federal employees, but negotiate for lower prices.
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    This is a good start towards controlling drug prices, but it needs to be for all drugs in all states: new, generic, off-patent, etc. We cannot continue this rise in drug prices; it is unsustainable and will ruin our economy if it's not stopped. I don't know that this is the only answer, but let's try it.
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    On the way to a universal single payer healthcare system.
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    do not trust them , they are and will be bought and paid for
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    I agree prizes should be negotiated. I do not trust anyone in the trump administration to do it. Everything he does is for personal profit
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    No, only the free market will provide quality affordable healthcare.
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    Absolutely! THE GOP IS IN SERVICE TO THE UNRELENTING GREED OF CORPORATE AMERICA - WITH MORE THAN A FEW FASCIST TASTES ... with a "wannabe dictator" - and a political party all too willing to follow suit ... dark, greedy little souls that they are. The time for opposition is right now, right here - full throttle as the seeds of Fascism have been planted in our soil and taking hold for a very long time. Ask yourself: what, exactly, does the GOP stand in defense of ... if not the obscenely rich and powerful?
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    Good luck on getting this passed the republicans will never go for it. As a person who lives in the state of Texas. Doctors use to be able to give samples to patients who could not afford their medications. The jerk Rick Perry was paid off by the drug companies because they weren’t getting a big enough piece of the pie. So Perry as Governor decided doctors could no longer dispense samples to patients. Pharmacies only. This really made doctors angry. People die because they can’t afford medicines! Rick Perry has always been a controversial no good piece of work! In addition to the sample ban. He also tried to make it mandatory by law that all children at the age of 12 get a HPV vaccination or they wouldn’t be allowed to register for school. The HPV vaccination is not a bad thing at all. But the evangelical community blew a gasket and he backed down. You know, ABSTINENCE is the evangelical communities motto. 🙄 We desperately need to get big pharmaceutical companies out of government. They hold too much power over our politicians. They poison us with some drugs and help with others. I would prefer no negotiating with drug companies. Done by politicians I would prefer healthcare for all. But it should not be negotiated by a politician! I hope all of you in favor of having a politician negotiate with big Pharma never get a serious Illness. insulin is already sky high due to greed and people die everyday. Not to mention the cost of cancer drugs.
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    Yes, prescription drug prices need to be negotiated at the Federal level, but by someone in a non-partisan role, that has the best interests of United States citizens, not corporate interests. Next in order, universal healthcare...we can have the best! Make it happen!
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    It’s time to resolve this unconscionable situation of overpriced drugs. People in the richest country are dying because they cannot afford eg insulin, a drug that the discoverers took only one dollar so people could have access to it. Stop Gouging people so CEOs can take obscene salaries of up to 40 Million Dollars! Allow price competition!
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    with a normal administration, i would say yes. the current administration is about a far from normal as it can get. i wouldn't trust the current hhs secretary to do the right thing if lives depended on it and they do.
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    Accountability is crucial, as is the need for effective government regulation.
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    I am using a ,medication that is essential for a lot of women that had female surgery over 20 years ago and am not having to pay 10 times more than I did even 10 years ago. The pills used to be around 10 dollars for a 3 month prescription and now they are close to 200 for the same drug. I am on medicare and this is unreal. I wish you would lower the cost and charge the same as other countries. I also have medicare advantage plus medicare.
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    Yes, I strongly support the pending drug price bill, though I worry that politics may compromise the effectiveness of the negotiating effort. Drug prices continue to skyrocket (including life saving insulin) while drug company profits ever increase. It’s crazy to me that Medicare can’t use its massive leverage to try to even the playing field—for seniors in particular—by negotiating lower prices. I urge Congress to pass this bill without further delay.
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    Lowering cost of overpriced drugs is a great idea. Adding another corrupt government pricing process on top of the already corrupt process required by FDA is a horrible way to implement lowering the cost of drugs. Drugs are overpriced due to the regulations imposed on drug companies by the FDA. It costs any company up to 3 billion dollars and 10 plus years to get the first pill of a new drug out the door and into the market. In fact, The FDA consists wholly of unelected political appointees and other government employees. The system of regulations put into place, by decree of unelected bureaucrats at the FDA, ensures a protected monopoly for the few largest companies to operate in. What do you think a new 55" flat screen TV would cost if companies had to spend 3 billion and 10 years clinical trials to get the first one out of the factory door? Probably $50,000 and it would still be a black and white tube model. Yes, the drug co's gouge on top of that but the true problem starts at the top - The FDA. Thats where the problem needs to be addressed. Reduce the FDA authority to place ridicules and costly regulations on drug development. Many more, smaller companies could then come in and they will drive the entire industry to mark the price of product to the market. IE. consumers will drive a competitive market to the best price. Any company that produces poor quality goods or engages in price gouging will quickly be pushed aside. Towards keeping drugs safe, keep the FDA at about a tenth of its size, power and budget from what it is now, so that they can truly focus on food and drug safety. FDA was never meant to be what it has turned into - the controller over the entire universe of food and drugs in the USA.
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    Yes, while working to institute universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
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    Conceptually yes, but AZAR was head of a huge pharmaceutical company prior to being appointed by T. Doubt that he would be a negotiator for the people
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