Right now, Medicare is prohibited by law from bargaining directly with pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices. This law doesn't make sense. Why shouldn't Medicare be able to use its bargaining power to negotiate prices with drugmakers?
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would give Medicare the power to bargain for lower drug prices. Now it's the Senate's turn to act.
The pharmaceutical lobby is working to stop this bill that would help lower drug prices. We need to fight back and make sure that Senators know that the people at home want them to stand up to the drug companies!
The new Medicare drug benefit is making prescription drugs more affordable for millions of older Americans, but overall drug prices are still too high. It's simply common sense to give Medicare the authority to use its bargaining power.
Tell your Senator to support this bill and help make life-saving medications affordable for everyone!
Dear Senator [Last name],
I am writing you today to urge you to support legislation giving the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to use the bargaining power of 43 million Medicare beneficiaries to help make prescription drugs more affordable. The Senate has the opportunity to build upon the strengths of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), and I urge you to take this opportunity to do so.
The Medicare prescription drug benefit has helped tens of millions of Medicare beneficiaries, and Part D plans are achieving some notable savings. However, prescription drug prices continue to rise far too quickly.
Given the high cost of prescription drugs, and the critical impact these high costs have on overall health care costs, we should ensure that the Secretary has the tools necessary to achieve lower drug prices.
Numerous polls have demonstrated that the MMA enjoys widespread support among Medicare beneficiaries. At the same time, according to recent polling from AARP and other organizations, the American public - regardless of party - overwhelmingly supports giving Medicare the power to bargain with manufacturers for lower drug prices on behalf of beneficiaries.
I am are counting on you to do everything possible to help make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible.
AARP has said that they will be letting me know where you stand on this critical issue. I hope that you will vote to enact secretarial negotiating authority into law and that you will do everything you can to help further reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries.
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