Importing prescription drugs from Canada would help more Americans get the drugs they need
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is correct in his Sun-Times op-ed, “Congress Can Do More to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs,” which acknowledged that, as he wrote, “The Reduction Act inflation is a huge step in the right direction”.
However, when Krishnamoorthi suggested additional legislation needed to reduce drug prices, he neglected to include the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drugs Importation Act, a bill of which he was one of the sponsors. origin as recently as 2019. Expanded Personal Import Access is the only solution that can have immediate, broad, and long-term savings in prescription drug prices for Americans.
The Inflation Reduction Act is indeed a major step in getting drug prices under control in the United States. But for millions of Americans, this bill alone won’t translate to the savings they need right now to pay for their essential daily medications. While Medicare pricing negotiations are an important future step, lives are currently at stake. One in four Americans say they have difficulty paying for their medications, and this legislation won’t save money for years.
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Americans need and deserve relief from the dire consequences of high drug prices, and importing personal prescriptions is an immediate lifeline. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than five million Americans are already importing drugs. Americans who import their prescription drugs from licensed and secure Canadian pharmacies report saving more than $3,700 per year on average. Prices for brand name prescription drugs are 50-90% cheaper at licensed Canadian pharmacies than at major US pharmacies.
Importing prescriptions from Canada enjoys broad bipartisan public support. We urge Congress to pass the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, a bill that would expand U.S. access to import personal prescriptions and provide immediate drug price relief.
Jack Pfeiffer, Executive Director, Campaign to Import Personal Prescriptions
The far-right plan
The average person has about 20,000 words in their daily vocabulary and supposedly has a basic understanding of how our democratic system of government works. Unfortunately, I’m beginning to think both of these statements are wrong. It is appalling to read reports like this about vandalism in a church that supports abortion rights.
The far right often rages about its First Amendment rights, and it should be allowed to exercise them. Yet here is the case of a church doing this, expressing an opinion, as it is entitled to do, only to find itself the victim of a crime at the hands of those who oppose that opinion. What happened to the rights of this church? They don’t exist because this other group opposes them?
Which brings us to the second point. The extreme right keeps evoking socialism and fascism by criticizing those on the left. I wonder if they really know what these terms mean and could discuss it without googling the two terms first. The attempt to suppress the rights of this church, the authoritarian proposals of some far-right political leaders, the belief in a natural social hierarchy based on race, and other factors – guess what? These actions are what the far right sets itself as goals, but criticizes others.
People need to get dictionaries and history books to make sure they understand what they are talking about and doing.
Dan Pupo, Orland Park