Come November 8 Americans will head to the polls once again. It will be the American people who have the final say on the direction they want their country to take over the next four years. Polls show that for most Americans the high cost of prescription medication is their top health care concern. Too many people have been forced to choose between necessities like paying their rent or buying groceries and paying for their medications. Personal importation of prescription drugs is an immediate solution to this problem.
Personal importation is an important election issue because it directly enables Americans to obtain safe and affordable medications from outside the US. All too often, the high cost of prescription drugs has forced people to cut their pills in half or skip doses to try and save money. Nobody should have to focus on their prescription drug costs at the expense of their treatment. Canada Drugs was started to help deal with this problem. Personal importation of prescription drugs is an obvious solution to a large and ongoing problem.
Lawmakers have not been entirely silent on the issue. Since 2007 at least ten bills have been introduced in Congress to support the right of Americans to import lower cost prescription medications for their own personal use from outside the US. None of these have passed! This election is an opportunity to change this situation for the better. In this election campaign both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said they support the personal importation of prescription drugs as an immediate solution to the problem of high drug prices. This is encouraging. But this election is about more than who will be president. Remember the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election as well.
YOUR ACTION ITEM: When you speak to candidates at the door, or out in the community, tell them that personal importation is the only way that you’ve been able to afford your medications when Medicare, private insurance, and Obamacare have left you high and dry. Let them know that this issue is not just important, but CRITICAL to you and your family. Email your sitting congressional representative or senator and ask them to support personal importation. Click here to reach out to your members of congress online and make your voice, and YOUR RIGHT, to affordable medications be heard.