“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.”
Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’
Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.
“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.
“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”
Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:
Siberia 10C hotter in warmest May on record: EU
Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average last month in Siberia, home to much of Earth's permafrost, as the world experienced its hottest May on record, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Friday.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said May 2020 was 0.68C warmer than the average May from 1981 to 2010, with above average temperatures across parts of Alaska, Europe, North America, South America, swathes of Africa and Antarctica.
Globally, "the average temperature for the twelve months to May 2020 is close to 1.3C above the (pre-industrial) level", Copernicus said referring to the benchmark by which global warming is often measured.
Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski
As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.
He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.