BIG PHARMA POLITICS: Consumers pressure politicians to do something about rising drug prices. Read More
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, surging prescription drug prices may finally be getting the attention they deserve.
Kaiser Health News recently reported that lawmakers are pushing several new proposals and approaches to address one of health care’s biggest concerns.
“Democrats feel as if they’re really able to experiment,” said Rachel Sachs, associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. At the same time, several Republican lawmakers are proposing drug-pricing reform legislation as well.
Some of the proposals include:
Polls continue to suggest that voters want to see action to lower drug prices. The Trump administration has recently taken steps to address it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has labeled drug pricing a top priority for the new Democratic majority, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they want to use their influence to tackle the issue, according to Kaiser Health News.
How have high drug prices affected your access to health care? What type of drug-pricing legislation would you like to see? Do you have other ideas about how to address rising health care costs? Share your story with Voices for Affordable Health.