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Klobuchar: It's Against The Law For Medicare To Negotiate Lower Drug Prices


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Klobuchar: It's Against The Law

For Medicare To Negotiate Lower Drug Prices

December 23, 2019

 

"Klobuchar’s campaign pointed to an opinion article published Aug. 10, 2018, by Forbes, “Why Medicare Can’t Get The Lowest Drug Prices.”

 

The opinion article, written by Forbes contributor John F. Wasik, makes the case that a law passed by Congress in 2003 prevented Medicare from having the power to negotiate ideal prescription drug prices in creating Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or the corporations that serve as middlemen between pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies.

 

About 59 million Americans received Medicare benefits in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that analyzes health care.

 

According to Kaiser, the Medicare Modernization Act — which established Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit — includes a “non-interference” clause.

 

The clause stipulates the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Medicare, “may not interfere with the negotiations between drug manufacturers and pharmacies and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan sponsors.”

 

“In effect, this provision means that the government can have no direct role in negotiating or setting drug prices in Medicare Part D,” the Kaiser Family Foundation stated."

 

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It's always encouraging, when politicians start catching-up to me.....

 

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