Americans pay more — by far — for their prescription drugs than anyone else on the planet. Bernie Sanders is doing something to fix that.
On February 27, Bernie introduced a bill in Congress that would allow Americans to import affordable prescription medications from Canada. This overwhelmingly popular measure would give consumers a way to fight back against the price-gouging of pharmaceutical companies while expanding peoples’ access to life-saving treatments.
In 2014, the average American spent 40% more on prescription drugs than the average Canadian. That’s outrageous, and we need to help Bernie change it.
This isn’t the first time that Bernie has introduced legislation to expand working families’ access to prescription drugs. In January, he worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on an amendment to a budget resolution that would have done the same. But 13 Democrats — including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker — worked with Republicans to kill it.
Reporting revealed that many of the Democrats who voted no had strong ties to pharmaceutical companies.
There was an immediate progressive backlash. Bernie blasted his colleagues for lacking the guts to stand up to Big Pharma, while their constituents ramped up the pressure through phone calls and social media.
Now, thanks to that grassroots activism, Booker and 3 other Democrats who voted no are co-sponsoring this bill — proving just how important it is for us to keep holding establishment Democrats accountable in the Trump era.
Drug prices in the US are soaring, and millions of people are being forced to go without the medications they need. On the campaign trail Donald Trump promised to do something to make drugs more affordable. Now, Bernie and Senate Democrats are calling his bluff.