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Dec. 5, 2021

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Letter: Alzheimer’s drug costs too much


As I recall from my high school civics class (yes, they used to teach this stuff!), ours is a representative form of government in the U.S. That is, we elect representatives and senators to represent us when they are considering legislation.

I read in a recent edition of The Columbian that Medicare Part B premiums are going to increase more than $21.60 next year to cover the cost of a new Alzheimer’s drug that has a price tag of more than $1,000 per week. Like the mask/vaccine mandates, it is said to be a positive move for the good of all, even if we don’t personally need it.

But $56,000 per person for a drug? What?

Congress has balked too many times at legislating reduced pricing for drugs, but this is too much! Yes, I know that our members of Congress are outnumbered 3-1 by Big Pharma’s lobbyists, but where are their guts to actually represent us?

The time has come to tell Jaime Herrera Beutler, Mitch McConnell and other career politicians that they need to either step up or step aside and live by the same rules as those for whom they govern! They are representatives of the people, not members of the royal family!

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