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Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007

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MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICE NEGOTIATION ACT OF 2007

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Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding this time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 4. Talk about an all-American concept, using our purchasing power to lower our costs, something big companies do all the time. This is why I am so pleased that one of the first pieces of legislation before us will help our seniors, our kapuna, as we say in Hawaii, lower their prescription drug costs. I am proud to say that in 2002 Hawaii enacted a law creating a similar program to allow negotiating for lower prescription drug costs.

Thousands of American families spent countless hours studying the Medicare part D process. My family was one of those. I sat with my 82-year-old mother as we worked our way through the confusing plans. Unfortunately, many of the families' efforts were not rewarded with the desired outcome, affordable prescription drugs.

America can do better for our seniors. By giving Medicare negotiating authority, we will take an important step in the right direction. Mahalo.

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