“When we win,” said the 2020 Democratic candidate, “we won’t wait for drug companies to end their greed. We will end it for them.”
In an effort to “spotlight the corporate greed that has taken over the American healthcare system” and driven up the costs of life-saving drugs, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he plans to travel to Canada later this month with a caravan of diabetics looking to purchase affordable insulin.
“Canada has a nationalized, single-payer system that allows them to negotiate much better prices with the drug companies. In our country it is a much different story.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
“Insulin costs over $300 [per vial] in the U.S.,” tweetedSanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. “In Canada, the same exact drug costs about $30. We can’t wait for drug companies to lower prices. Americans need relief now!”
The trip, scheduled to leave Detroit July 28, will not be the first time Sanders has crossed the Canadian border with a group of Americans seeking affordable medicine.
In 1999, then a member of the House of Representatives, Sanders traveled to Canada with a busload of Vermonters to purchase breast cancer treatment that was “1/10th of the price they were paying in the U.S.”
“Now, 20 years later we are basically in the same place,” Sanders told CNN. “We are going to take a group of people from Detroit into Windsor, Ontario, which is right over the border, to purchase the drugs they need to save their lives at a greatly reduced cost.”
I’ll never forget this. In 1999, I took working class women, struggling with breast cancer, to Canada to buy the same medication for 1/10th of the price they were paying in the US. pic.twitter.com/BnCoPjqlpl
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 11, 2019
As Natalie Shure wrote at The American Prospect last month, insulin’s wholesale price has tripled in the U.S. over the past decade, severely burdening the millions of Americans who rely on the drug to survive.
“For Type 1 diabetes patients, uninterrupted access to insulin is especially critical,” wrote Shure. “It’s not a game that T1 patients can opt out of: Just a few days without insulin can be deadly, or trigger severe complications like gangrene or renal failure. But its crippling cost makes a mechanized routine increasingly difficult to pull off.”
Sanders told CNN that the greed of pharmaceutical companies and the failure of government to act to bring down costs are to blame for skyrocketing U.S. drug prices, which are the highest in the world.
“Canada has a nationalized, single-payer system that allows them to negotiate much better prices with the drug companies,” said Sanders. “In our country it is a much different story. The pharmaceutical companies brought in $69 billion in profit. That is insane and it is a real threat to the health of every American.”
“Congress needs to do something about this,” Sanders added, “and when I am president we will lower the cost of prescription drugs.”
To bring down costs, Sanders’s Medicare for All bill would require the government to negotiate drug prices and cap co-pays for prescription drugs at $200 per year.
“When we win, we won’t wait for drug companies to end their greed,” Sanders tweeted earlier this week. “We will end it for them.”
Mike Pence to headline ‘intimate’ $35,000 per couple fundraiser at gay-owned private club
Location reportedly revealed by chef during hearing on felony assault and domestic violence charges
Vice President Mike Pence will headline a $35,000-per-couple fundraiser at a private club owned by two gay men in Aspen, Colorado Monday evening.
The invitation, sent by Bob Jenkins, vice chair of Pitkin County Republicans, calls it "an intimate high dollar reception," and says, "we would like you to participate if possible. Additionally, please quietly spread the word," according to The Aspen Times.
Man who believed ‘the Bible is for white people’ gets life in prison after setting black man on fire in gruesome murder
A white man from Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a black man by setting him on fire while he slept.
The Daily News Journal reports that 53-year-old John Carothers has pleaded guilty to murdering Robert Miller, a housemate who lived with him at the Frazier Young Supportive Living, which is a home for people with intellectual disabilities.
According to prosecutors, Carothers in March 2018 doused Miller in lighter fluid while he was asleep in his bed and then lit him on fire. Miller would subsquently die from burn-related injuries at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Fox News host wipes smirk from colleague’s face by dismantling his ‘love it or leave it’ rant
A Fox News host shut down her colleague's defense of President Donald Trump's "love it or leave it" rhetoric.
Pete Hegseth, a "Fox & Friends" host, appeared on the network's "Outnumbered" program to defend the president from charges of racism after he called out four Democratic congresswomen -- all of them women of color -- to return to their home countries.
"He’s a capitalist verses that out-and-out socialist, anti-Semitic comments that they've made," Hegseth claimed. "He wants that foil, and I think where he comes at it from the love of country perspective. It’s not that they just love and cherish the country so much, but they want to make some policy tinkers. It's that they want to change the country completely, they think America is defined by our sins and it’s a bad place."