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Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007

Location: Washington, DC



Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 4, which would provide less choice and no savings. I think my friends on the other side of the aisle failed to mention some of the negative aspects of the veterans drug plan, which they are now highlighting as a model for government negotiation.

I know they haven't highlighted the fact that many widely used drugs, including Lipitor, the most widely used drug in America, isn't even available through the VA plan. I wonder if my friends on the other side of the aisle are prepared to tell their seniors why they can't get Lipitor.

Are they prepared to tell them they can't go to their local pharmacy, but have to go to a VA pharmacy, which could be hundreds of miles away, or they have to order their drugs through the mail? I wonder why one-third of the veterans have already moved to the part D plan.

Personally, I know my seniors would want to be able to choose a drug plan that gets them the best deal for the drugs they use. They don't want to be locked into a one-size-fits-all plan that doesn't cover their drugs, especially since the CBO says it won't save them any money.

Mr. Speaker, I urge opposition to this bill.


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