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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:04 PM
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McCain calls for drug reimportation
Source: ap



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071117/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_... ;_ylt=AubhDH61hskP5MesTYs4dEatOrgF
McCain calls for drug reimportation

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
Sat Nov 17, 12:58 PM ET



CANAAN, Vt. - Republican presidential contender John McCain on Saturday said he wants to again allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada as a way to bring health care costs under control.



The Arizona senator, speaking to reporters about a mile from the Canadian border and just across the river from New Hampshire, said too much of health care costs are based on high drug prices.

"Drug companies and the lobbyists they pay in Washington want to keep your drug prices high. Obviously, I want them to be affordable," McCain said, returning to his criticism of how Washington works.

Until drugs are cheaper, the cost of health care is going to skyrocket, helping to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid, McCain said.

"If we are going to control health care cost, we need to control the rising costs of pharmaceuticals," McCain said, adding that drug prices are 16 percent to 60 percent cheaper in Canada and are to blame for rising insurance premiums.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071117/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_... ;_ylt=AubhDH61hskP5MesTYs4dEatOrgF



I have no love for McCain. but am glad to see this.

As you may recall, congress tried to get this passed last spring but the repugs in the Senate blocked
it (same ol, same ol.


as i recall, no dems are talking of this in their new health plans. maybe mccain will get them going on it???
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:08 PM
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1. I have a better idea. It's called price regulation.
That's why drugs are cheaper any where else. Pharma is literally killing people with their price gouging.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:31 AM
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5. Yupper
I don't understand why Democrats don't harp on this non-stop.

Or the fact that any country can have no wait for medical care if they put a system in place that rejects half the people who need treatment.
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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:50 PM
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2. Funny how
desperation changes attitudes, when the RePukes were in their glory with control of everything they couldn't care less how much people paid for their meds, that's why big pharma was allowed to write the Medicare part "D" plan. Now all of a sudden McCain wants to control health care costs, ya right John, maybe the good folks over at RS will believe it but over here, not so much.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:37 PM
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3. McCain is soft on Illegal Seniors?? n/t
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:23 PM
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4. I thought he was going to suggest importing the drugs from China
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:41 AM
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6. Walmart $4 generics
I have no idea where those come from, and I take them. :scared:
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:35 AM
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7. McCain says he would lift ban on drug imports from Canada
Source: Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg News

Nov. 17, 2007, 11:47PM
McCain says he would lift ban on drug imports from Canada

By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press

CANAAN, VT. Republican presidential contender John McCain on Saturday said he wants to again allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada as a way to bring health care costs under control.

The Arizona senator, speaking to reporters about a mile from the Canadian border and just across the river from New Hampshire, said too much of health care costs are based on high drug prices.

"Drug companies and the lobbyists they pay in Washington want to keep your drug prices high. Obviously, I want them to be affordable," McCain said, returning to his criticism of how Washington works.

Until drugs are cheaper, the cost of health care is going to skyrocket, helping to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid, McCain said.



Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/5310852.ht...
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BulletproofLandshark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:36 AM
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8. He really thinks we're dumb, doesn't he?
It's not just drug company lobbyists responsible for high prices. It's health insurance company lobbyists who are keeping us from having health care that's at least as affordable as the rest of the industrialized world. But they're not allowed to say that in Washington.
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silverojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:36 AM
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9. Flip-flop! Flip-flop! n/t
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:36 AM
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10. yeah, now that the insurance companies have raised their drug premius for medicare seniors
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 05:05 AM by flordehinojos
and they/and possibly the drug companies/are splitting the robinhood purse ... sure, now mccain can allow canadian drugs into the country ... what you don't pay for at the counter .... you pay for in your policy premium... what a joke!
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:36 AM
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11. I don't care what McCain says.
He lost me when he cozied up but Bush after everything that Bush did to him in 2000. Lack of integrity and moral fiber there.
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