Confronting the rampant and deadly greed of the pharmaceutical industry, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and several other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday to introduce a package of legislation aimed at dramatically reducing the nation’s sky-high prescription drug prices.
“The United States pays by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” Sanders declared in a statement. “This has created a healthcare crisis in which one in five American adults cannot afford to get the medicine they need.”
“If the pharmaceutical industry will not end its greed, which is literally killing Americans, then we will end it for them,” the Vermont senator added.
“I believe that healthcare is a basic human right,” Omar said during the press conference. “Instead of taking donations from the pharmaceutical industry, we need to hold them accountable for taking advantage of the American people. Medications are too expensive, and we must act boldly to lower prices.”
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