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Seniors Push for Big Savings: Medicare Bargaining Rights

April 4, 2007


Columbus, OH - Organizers of a national campaign today say they have the "prescription" for lower drug costs for Medicare patients. A bill before the U.S. Senate would allow Medicare to bargain with drug companies for better prescription prices, something it's currently barred by law from doing. Bill Sundermeyer with AARP Ohio says the Buckeye State has a lot at stake.

"In Ohio, we have 1.9 million members who are involved in the Medicare program. We believe that people will see the results of negotiations, and they will see lower prices across the country."

Sundermeyer adds that allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies will put it on an equal footing with private health care providers.

"That's not any different than private carriers do with their own private prescription drug programs. And that's all we're asking for is the same kind of thing at the federal level."

Critics believe the plan would cut drug company revenues, leading to cuts in development of new medications. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown plans to vote for the Medicare legislation. Sundermeyer says Senator George Voinovich will get an earful today from Ohio's seniors. A similar bill passed the House earlier this year.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH