Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

November 12, 2013

Competitive market for drugs?

(Continued)

We sit here daily and listen to the gobbly-gook we are fed by the politicians about why they need more of our tax dollars to support not allowing the negotiation of prices for Medicare D. Every day we are told how fortunate we are to be able to pay almost double what folks in other developed countries pay for health care. Every day they try to convince us that we are not smart enough to understand why common procedures are so different in cost depending what state or side of a city you live on.

Transparency is coming like a huge snowball rolling down hill and we will wake up. Vote them out and keep voting them out until they represent you and not the special interest like the drug companies and others. Get

engaged and ask your representatives how they vote. Start with asking them how they voted on not allowing the negotiation of drug prices for Medicare D for seniors or where they stand on public financing of elections. Vote them out Democrat or Republican if they voted to not allow drug price negotiation for seniors. You can force transparency by asking questions via e-mail, letters and phone calls. I would really appreciate hearing the response you get from the ones who voted to allow drug prices for seniors to cost more than anywhere else. It would really be informative to publish the reasons our Senators and Congress men and women voted to do this. Let me know and we will add some transparency before it is time to vote.

Let’s close with a quote: “Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks”

— Doug Larson, English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

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