The little-known Senator from Vermont that has since made quite a name for himself during the Democratic primary just roasted Congress and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Bernie Sanders has been an activist progressive politician since he decided to make it his life’s work. He is most noted for his push for a single-payer universal healthcare system.
“There are seniors today who cannot afford the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs because in America, we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Last year, while one out of five Americans cannot afford the prescriptions their doctors write, the three major drug companies made $45 billion in profit because they spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions. I believe, as a principle, everybody should be entitled to health care as a right, comprehensive health care.” – Bernie Sanders
It is no secret that pharmaceutical companies have been in bed with our politicians for years now. Many politicians at one point even enjoyed corporate jet travel. Something now considered an illegal campaign contribution.
We're the only major country not to guarantee health care as a right. Why are we debating whether to take it away from 30 million people?
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 11, 2017
Bernie Sanders is fed up with what he is seeing in Congress as are a majority of Americans. According to Sanders, 85% of Americans are in favor of allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. However, it would appear that only one of Bernie’s Republican colleagues in the Senate feels the same way.
“Americans should not pay the highest drug prices in the world simply because Congress is bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.” Bernie tweeted out.
He is quite correct. It seems many politicians are fond of a single payer healthcare system until they get that first taste of big money. Some politicians just want the golden ticket like Billy Tauzin, who helped push a disastrous pharmaceutical bill under the Bush administration, did enough work for the pharma lobby as a politician that they brought him on to lobby others on Capitol Hill.
Watch Bernie rip into Congress on the Senate floor in the video below.
Why do Americans pay so much more than Canadians for prescription drugs? Because the pharmaceutical industry has bought the US Congress. pic.twitter.com/Si8q8otWj5
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 12, 2017