To the editor:

The cost of prescription drugs in our country is out of hand. People are having to choose between food and life-saving medication. My neighbor recently told me that he just paid over $1,000 to refill two of his diabetes medications, and he has insurance!

If you are a senior citizen, you may have recently received a letter in the mail from Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger asking you to fill out a prescription drug survey. She is asking for the opinions of her constituents on this issue. She says in the accompanying letter that the number one issue she hears about from constituents is the rising cost of prescription drugs. Due to these costs, they are faced with hard choices. This is particularly true for the elderly and disabled.

People in other countries don’t have this problem. Their prescription drugs are affordable. But for some reason, here in the United States, Medicare is prevented from negotiating with drug companies.

Last December, Abigail cosponsored the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. It gives Medicare the power it needs to negotiate for lower prices. It also would reverse years of unfair price hikes on some essential medications. It passed the House with bipartisan support.

Abigail is listening to our concerns and doing something about them. Let’s remember that in November.

William Walling


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