New bill targets drug prices

2 NEWS Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and a group of Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of bills designed to save Americans money on prescription drugs.

Democratic lawmakers campaigned on the issue of lowering prescription drug prices for Americans, and now they’re taking action.

“People of our country pay by far, not even close, the highest prices in the world for the prescription drugs they need. That has got to end,” Sanders says.

He says the pharmaceutical industry is the most powerful political force in this country and skyrocketing prices have caused outrage among Americans.

“How many Americans have to get sick, how many Americans have to die before Congress is prepared to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry?” he asked.

Senator Sanders and Democratic lawmakers have introduced a legislative package of three bills all aimed to drive down the costs of prescription drugs.

“In America, we should not be paying more than people in other countries,” he said.

Despite claims of prices for prescription drugs being high, some pharmaceutical researchers say the rise in costs has slowed.

But President Trump has also expressed the need to reduce drug prices which could open the door for the two sides to come together on reducing costs for Americans.

“We’ve got a president who claims he wants to do something about this. I think he does, but he’s got to step forward and he has some willing partners right here on this stage to bring relief to the American consumer,” said Congressman Peter Welch.

But right now, he says the American consumers are on the losing end and prices have to change to provide that relief.

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