Following is the Sen Sanders position on prescription drug costs as presented on his website:
Stop the pharmaceutical industry from ripping off the American people by making sure that no one in America pays over $200 a year for the medicine they need by capping what Americans pay for prescription drugs under Medicare for All.
I don’t know about you, but capping what Americans pay at $200 a year seems to have little to do with the pharmaceutical industry ripping off Americans. Isn’t the issue who pays what for the cost of the medication above $200?
Why $200? Think of all the non-necessity spending Americans do that costs more than $200? A pair of sneakers, a tattoo, a year at the local salon, a trip to a sporting event?
In all fairness to Sen Sanders no doubt some Millennial staffer likely writes this stuff, which may tell you something about the level of knowledge of people who support him.
Nevertheless, if we follow a strategy that further removes individual concern for spending and costs, spending will get out of control. Once that happens government must take steps to manage those costs. I’ll leave you to make your own list of how that works. 😱