Health, Medicine, and the Public Good

Life and health should not be for sale

No matter where we live, what we look like, or how much money we have in our wallets, everyone gets sick. Illness reminds us that at our core, we’re all human.

The majority of people agree that life and health should not be for sale. In a modern and moral society, no one should have to choose between prescription drugs and putting food on the table.

I’m thrilled to share that the first committee hearing for the Prescription Drug Price Affordability Commission bill is tomorrow.

This bill would help people like Jo, 26, from St. Paul who is rationing their prescription drugs because they cost too much

Jo told us:

 “Of course, not having the support of those medications makes managing my health more difficult, so it turns into an awful cycle of my health affecting my work, which affects my health, and so on. Being able to afford my medication would improve every aspect of my life.

Jo isn’t alone.

A 2019 survey from Health Care Value Hub found that 1 in 5 Minnesotans reported rationing their medicine or not getting a prescription filled because of cost last year.

As we know from the insulin crisis that when it comes to medicine, this is an issue of life-and-death.

Why do pharmaceutical corporations keep raising drug prices?

This video explains why prescription drug prices are so high in the United States in less than two minutes. The bottom line?

Pharmaceutical corporations keep raising drug prices cause they can.

It’s especially infuriating because drugs are a public good – most drugs on the market were developed by publicly funded research. But together, we can change the rules.

States like Maine, Maryland, and now Pennsylvania and Minnesota are taking action to protect people from out-of-control drug prices.

It’s no surprise that legislators leading efforts in Minnesota to pass the Prescription Drug Price Affordability Commission – including chief authors Rep. Kelly Morrison and Sen. Scott Jensen are doctors from both sides of the aisle who are committed to health, medicine, and the public good.

Together, we can change the rules

The Legislature has until the end of May to pass the Prescription Drug Affordability Commission. We’ll be centering our stories in the debate and calling on elected officials every week to stand #WiththePeople and address the drug affordability crisis head on. Take powerful action today.

Share your prescription drug price story right now in this short survey and email your state legislators TODAY.

Questions? Email me any time: kenza@takeactionminnesota.org.

Posted in Our Blog

Join Us

The problems we face are bigger than one campaign, one issue, or one election.

We need a statewide, multiracial movement to change who decides and who benefits in Minnesota. And we need you to be part of that.

Join us. Let us know what you're interested and we will get you connected with our work.