ICYMI: Mark Kelly Talks Prescription Drug Solutions Around Arizona
In case you missed it, last week Mark Kelly talked about bold solutions to lower prescription drug costs during stops across Arizona. That included during visits at senior centers in Tucson, Phoenix, and Parker; at events he held during his campaign swing through Mohave County; and at a roundtable conversation with seniors in Phoenix.
See coverage and highlights below:
Arizona Public Media: Senate candidate Kelly says US can lower prescription drug prices
[…] During a stop at the El Pueblo Activity Center on Tucson’s south side, Kelly answered questions about space travel, playing cards and health care. Specifically, the seniors who spoke with him wanted to know if he could reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
The Democratic candidate for Senate said he believes the federal government can help.
“Medicare Part D buys 30% of the medication that our country consumes. HHS (Health and Human Services) should be able to reduce the price of those drugs. I mean it is currently prohibited for them to negotiate the price of prescription medication, doesn’t have to be that way,” he said. […]
Arizona Daily Star: Senate hopeful Mark Kelly talks prescription drug prices, Sinema during Tucson visit
[…] When sitting down with reporters after his game, Kelly said that Congress could do more to reduce the cost of prescription drugs – an issue that he was asked about by residents during his visit to Tucson’s southside yesterday.
“There’s a lot we can do as a country, especially when you consider Medicare Part D buys 30% of the medication that our country consumes. HHS should be able to reduce the price of those drugs,” Kelly said. “It’s currently prohibited for them to negotiate the price of prescription medication, but it doesn’t have to be that way.” […]
Parker Pioneer: Senate Candidate Mark Kelly visits Parker
[…] One of Kelly’s biggest issues is health care. He said the government must do more to permit the marketing of generic drugs that save consumers money.
“People in the U.S. pay more for prescriptions than people in the countries around us,” he said.
Kelly said one of the biggest reasons for this is political donations from pharmaceutical interests. He said they make donations to keep themselves protected.
“We allow money from big pharmaceutical companies into our campaigns,” he said.
Kelly said there is bi-partisan legislation pending which would allow for more generics on the market, but it’s being blocked by the pharmaceutical interests. He said it was important to get the right people into office, including those who would bring more generics onto the market. […]
Mohave Daily News: Senate Candidate Kelly makes stop in Bullhead City
Kelly noted that 2.8 million Arizonans have pre-existing conditions and stressed that they shouldn’t lose or not be able to obtain health insurance because of it. Providing these people — and others around the country like them — with affordable insurance is paramount. So is establishing a public health care option to compete with private insurers, he said.
Also important is finding a way to lower prescription drug costs, which would require “taking on the pharmaceutical industry,” Kelly said.