Franken’s push to allow Canadian drugs falls short

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2012 - 9:04 PM

Sen. Al Franken was a backer of the effort to let Americans pay less for their medicine.

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betty99Apr. 25, 12 9:53 PM

Senators Frankin & McCain, thanks for your efforts. As a transplant recipient, I often wonder what happens if I lose my job. Without my insurance, my meds are 55% cheaper in Canada even though the most expensive one is made in the USA. Doe anyone really believe the manufacturer is losing money when selling internationally? Does anyone really believe Canadians are dying because their meds are not safe. What an absolute joke. Let's list all who voted against this.

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rjr2205Apr. 25, 1210:22 PM

I also thank Sens McCain and Frankin for their BI-PARTISAN effort to bring down our medical costs. The failed effort shows that those who voted agaist the proposal care more about drug companies profits than the American people. Those same people decry the run away Medicare costs and yet are unwilling to take a relativity eay step to help reign in said costs. Remember the Repubs would not allow for Medicare Part D law to include the ability to negotiate with drug companies for lower rates such as is being done successfully by the VA!

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BarryBenApr. 25, 1210:45 PM

Can anyone logically believe this inability to buy Prescriptions on the Open Market....No, Really, "I Mean, Can anyone Believe This" ??? I thought Republicans were for the FREE Market System...But,Really Only When It's Rigged In Favor of Their Benefactors....

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blommy5150Apr. 26, 12 4:51 AM

People who solely blame the Republicans really need to look who voted down the amendment. It is a senate committee controlled by the Democrats. 6 of the members who voted against it were Republican and 6 were Democrats. Both parties are equally to blame for the mess!

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jerat544Apr. 26, 12 5:27 AM

Thats right BarryBen. This will only happen when it favors the pharmeceutical industry, who by the way has our political "staff" in their pockets! This has littel to do with safety and much to do with profits

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Thumper5316Apr. 26, 12 7:01 AM

Barry, look at the party affiliation of those that voted it down before you start going down that 'republican, the party of the rich' road. You'd be surprised.

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nomedsApr. 26, 12 8:06 AM

I know someone who gets his insulin from Canada by simply sending for it and it is shipped to him. He saves more than 50% as a result.

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think100Apr. 26, 12 8:23 AM

opponents of this bill just outed themselves as corrupt, special interest, U.S. pharmaceutical company cronies who MAKE HEALTH CARE DRAMATICALLY MORE EXPENSIVE. thank you senators franken and mccain for trying.

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