Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) recently introduced Medicare for All Act of 2019 is a powerful and comprehensive plan to make health care a right for every American. Drastically lowering the prices of prescription drugs, while ensuring that patients are always able to get the medications they need, is an essential part of that plan.
Why not get all patents on drugs removed? Why not rescind the right of labs to patent drugs and then sell them to what were once manufacturing plants producing drugs? Looks like we have created a Frankenstein with the Bayh-Dole Act.
“… the amount drug companies spend on marketing exceeds the amount they spend on research and development.”
The U.S. and New Zealand (!) are the only two countries that allow direct-to-consumer (ie, teevee) advertising for pharmaceuticals. A single-payer system that includes a drug benefit will need to stanch the bleeding away of that cash.
When it comes to the pharmaceutical companies, I have a better idea, nationalize all of them, let them die off just like the insurance industry. They’ve leached off the American public long enough.
Medicare Part D is a joke when it comes to purchasing " life-saving drugs " at an affordable price. You can still spend $100K for treatment, after payinng a monthly premiem equal to a new car payment on a M-Benz C Class. They might as well mail you a pound of chocolate chip cookie dough laced with arsenic; with a note saying, " may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil ( and the funeral homes ) knows your dead ".
Paying into Medicare for 4 decades doesn’ t ensure diddly squat, evidently.
And I for one would applaud! I am so tired of drug ads every five minutes on TV, or opening a magazine to find pages and pages of them.
Dole R, Bayh D.
Recording artists have had to suck up to the fact that it is difficult to make commercial money from recordings. They have to go on the road to make any money.
Government supports the development of drugs, and regulates them, why don’t they manufacture them and dispense them?
Too socialized for some?
Democratic controls on necessities by imposing profit limitations on patents to allow generic substitutions is a great idea. This would prevent monopolies and enhance competition and public access to many products, not only drugs. Like all other great ideas lost to political bribery, it could fail unless we succeed in taking the money out of politics.
Direct Liquid Democracy.