Biden talks about limiting certain drug prices

Biden and Sanders Call Out Pharmaceutical Exploitation: Affordable Health Care and the Urgent Need for Lower Drug Prices in the US

President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders both addressed the issue of high drug costs in the United States during a recent discussion. While Biden emphasized that he considers himself a capitalist, he believes that some actions by drug companies amount to exploitation. He commended the efforts of Democrats in Congress to push for lower drug prices, including implementing a price cap for seniors starting next year.

Sanders also highlighted the need to tackle the high cost of prescription drugs, stressing the importance of protecting Americans from being overcharged by pharmaceutical companies. The discussion coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which established government health care marketplaces for those without access to employer-sponsored plans. However, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that the average annual health care premium for single coverage in 2023 was $8,435, while family coverage averaged $23,968. Premiums have increased by 22% for both types of coverage since 2018.

During the most recent Open Enrollment Period, more than 21 million Americans either selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage through and state-based Marketplaces. The ongoing efforts to address high drug costs and make health care more affordable for Americans are crucial priorities for the Biden administration and lawmakers in Congress.

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