‘Bringing down the cost of prescription drugs’


To the editor:

It’s not often that I can congratulate a Democrat, but I must congratulate Sen. Sherrod Brown for his effort to bring down the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs for those of us on Medicare. However, I do not feel that it should stop there. The cost of all drugs for all people is way too high, period. Big Pharma has been robbing Americans blind for many years. As a matter of fact, the entire healthcare system, as well as the health insurance system, has been also.

I’m sorry it took so long to respond to Sen. Brown’s Aug. 6 column (“Holding down costs of drug prescriptions”), but I’ve been very busy taking my wife to various doctors, physical therapy, and running to the pharmacy to part with tons of our money on much-needed drugs. However, I did find time to read letters to the editor and “Their View” columns and was very surprised, and saddened, that no one has responded on this very important matter, so here I am.

I would like to offer some advice to not only Sen. Brown, but any other member of Congress — Democrat or Republican — who has any interest in bringing down the cost of prescription drugs: That is, if you’re really interested in significantly reducing their cost, you must first stop the flow of lobbyists’ money to members of Congress, or anyone else in government. The same applies to the healthcare and health insurance systems, too. Sadly, I can’t see this happening any time soon with the corrupt Congress we currently have. I cannot help but wonder — how many members of Congress or their bureaucrats are accepting money from lobbyists representing any big business?

This practice must be outlawed. It is the very reason American citizens have little or no representation from the government we elect; it all goes to the highest bidder, (and) to hell with the people. If all members of Congress would pledge their allegiance to those who elected them and begin doing what is in their power to help them, instead of pledging it to the fat wallets of big business, these kind of problems would cease to exist. Perhaps this upcoming election will be the beginning of the return of government to its people. One can only hope and pray.

Stefan Schemine