WASHINGTON — Until Tuesday, nearly every single Democratic primary debate has focused on the same health care issue: “Medicare for All.”

So when Democrats got the chance to talk about their plans to lower drug prices, they jumped. Candidates uniformly criticized drug companies as examples of corporate irresponsibility and outsize political influence.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT Plus and enjoy your first 30 days free!

GET STARTED

What is it?

STAT Plus is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • STAT+ Conversations
  • Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.
  • Not one of these candidates mentioned the PBM’s. I don’t get it. The Attorney General’s from 38 states are looking into the where all this money going to the PBM’s is going.
    The federal Medicare and half of this countries state Medicaid systems got fleeced out of
    billions of dollars, yet not one of these candidates mention the PBM’s.
    The fact of the matter is that unless the PBM’s are governed, drug prices will never go down!

  • We can always count on CNN to repeat fox news talking points, and site like this to report on it as thousands of dead Americans are just good business. Sanders is the only one who has not taken any industry money so the only one who can view any of this objectively. Our media has been lying to Americans about all of this, in fact many lives will be saved by Medicare For All.
    It is too little too late to discuss “drug prices” with a corrupt administrations and medical sites like this , and the rest of corporate media all protecting the grifters, crooks and liars, more Americans will die and be driven to poverty and despair.

    There is only one agenda here, protecting industry profits while Americans die, horrible deaths.

    • Medical sites like this just tell the facts as they are! I do agree with you thou, that the whole legislature administration is corrupt.President Trump made a speech back in May talking about the drug rebates
      and how the middlemen (The PBM’s) are stealing all this money and how he planned on going after them.
      Then a few months later he made an announcement that he was “pulling the plug” on looking into the
      PBM’s and the drug rebates. I wonder how much PCMA contributed to Trump’s 2020 campaign.

Comments are closed.

Sign up to receive a free weekly opinions recap from our community of experts.
Privacy Policy