“From on High” has a good post reporting on how Senator Webb vows to provide more affordable prescription drugs to the American people
As with many claims coming out of Washington and our political leaders there are the usual facts left out and questions unanswered.
“All Americans deserve access to quality, affordable health care and medications —period. This is a question of basic fairness. With 47 million uninsured Americans, it is high time that healthcare legislation focuses on consumers and not corporate profits.”
No argument here. But lets look at some of the facts and lets ask a few questions of the Senator.
It has been shown by media and also posted here on “Rightside” that the “47 million uninsured Americans” claim, which Webb and his buddies love to harp about, is not completely accurate. Included in this 47 million are people between jobs and covered on their spouses insurance plan and millions of younger Americans who consider themselves ‘invincible” and spend their money on cars, vacations, cd’s, and the likes instead of medical insurance.
Senator Webb intends to pass legislation that will allow the import of “cheaper” drugs from Canada and other countries.
“Americans currently pay, on average, twice as much as most other countries in the world -- at a time when the U.S. pharmaceutical companies are turning profits in the tens of billions. The United States can and must do better. I will continue the fight in Congress for more affordable prescription drugs for the hard-working people of this country.”
Question for Senator Webb:
Where did the drugs that these other countries now sell come from?
Where were they developed and tested to ensure that they are safe for all people to use?
Which country or corporation paid for the R&D to create these drugs and risk millions of dollars to get these drugs approved by the FDA?
If we apply the Democratic Party’s plan of wealth re-distribution and limit the profits of the evil drug corporations, who will develop the new drugs when it is no longer possible for corporations to invest millions on the chance of a new drug being approved?
As I look at the names of the drug companies I find the vast majority are American base and operated here. I do not find any that come out of Canada or these countries where Webb wants to get Cheaper drugs for his Americans.
How many of these countries have developed the life saving drugs that they now have and how did they get them?
Do they produce these same drugs or are they getting them from the American corporations at wholesale\reduced prices from our governments assistance or the assistance programs from the drug corporations?
If this is the case does Senator Webb advocate raising the wholesale prices to these countries and spread the cost of the drugs R&D to all countries that benefit from these drugs so as to lower the drug cost to the Senators American people?
It’s not always easy to back up those great claims and programs that the Senator makes to get the votes and favors from his American people…