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house Bill H.R. 1730

Should Oral Cancer Drugs be Covered at the Same Cost as Other Cancer Treatments?

Argument in favor

It doesn’t make sense for oral cancer treatments to be covered by a different part of patients’ health insurances from other cancer treatments, especially when this difference in coverage leads to big differences in cost for patients, as well. Treatment efficacy, not price, should be the deciding factor when patients are choosing between life-saving treatments.

Ellen's Opinion
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11/06/2019
Cancer is cancer. Medicine to treat cancer is medicine to treat cancer. I cannot understand why they would be covered differently.
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Francisco's Opinion
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11/06/2019
We should eliminate the Insurance industry from health! MEdicare 4 All!! Then have drug companies compete for best drugs at lowest cost universally!! Government needs to begin to represent us instead of billionaires!!
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11/06/2019
No reason to cover medicine differently based on disease. Medicine is medicine
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Argument opposed

“Oral parity” laws’ effectiveness seems to be mixed, based on available evidence. Additionally, policies like this don’t address the root cause of high healthcare costs in the U.S.: high drug prices. Rather than quibbling about how insurance covers extremely expensive drugs, it’d be a better use of Congress’s time to figure out how to make drugs more affordable, period.

jimK's Opinion
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11/06/2019
This case is an excellent argument for universal healthcare. If a drug is overpriced it will be excluded from consideration, thus eliminating the profiteering by drug companies who are pricing critical medicines, such as commonly needed insulin at higher prices simply because they can. If the market is effectively removed by a universal healthcare program, there would be an incentive to price these meds at lower, more realistic prices and with a reasonable manufacturer profit margin. Prices for meds will go up for all of the other countries with universal healthcare since they would have to bear some of the burden of needed R&D costs- which are currently paid for by US consumers since the manufacturers are free to price our meds at higher prices. I seem to recall a company that only bought out the manufacturers of unique, patent-protected life-saving drugs and then raised the prices incrementally up to 1000%-3000% of their original prices, simply because they were greedy and they could. This crap has nothing to do with R&D costs, manufacturing costs or any reasonable basis except that they were required life-saving drugs for a captive market and the new owners could charge whatever they liked. This is the kind of stuff that needs to be legislatively prevented.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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11/06/2019
This is NOT THE ISSUE! Congress needs to work on how all healthcare is priced. As hospitals move from non-profit institutions run by local interests to for profit faculties run by venture capitalists, prices have increased dramatically, not just oral cancer drugs. You should try having dementia.
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Lesia's Opinion
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11/06/2019
So now we o my care about cancer drugs? This is bullshit. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year due to the unbridled greed of drug dealers and their insurance companies. Drug companies do very little research. We the tax payers pay for the research done at NIH while the blood suckers drain us literally to death. Single payer NOW.
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    Cancer is cancer. Medicine to treat cancer is medicine to treat cancer. I cannot understand why they would be covered differently.
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    This case is an excellent argument for universal healthcare. If a drug is overpriced it will be excluded from consideration, thus eliminating the profiteering by drug companies who are pricing critical medicines, such as commonly needed insulin at higher prices simply because they can. If the market is effectively removed by a universal healthcare program, there would be an incentive to price these meds at lower, more realistic prices and with a reasonable manufacturer profit margin. Prices for meds will go up for all of the other countries with universal healthcare since they would have to bear some of the burden of needed R&D costs- which are currently paid for by US consumers since the manufacturers are free to price our meds at higher prices. I seem to recall a company that only bought out the manufacturers of unique, patent-protected life-saving drugs and then raised the prices incrementally up to 1000%-3000% of their original prices, simply because they were greedy and they could. This crap has nothing to do with R&D costs, manufacturing costs or any reasonable basis except that they were required life-saving drugs for a captive market and the new owners could charge whatever they liked. This is the kind of stuff that needs to be legislatively prevented.
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    How about a universal single payer healthcare system? BTW, ALL drug prices are made of lies. My sisters breast cancer drug is still in trials. The company that makes it in Sweden gives it to the patients in the USA for free. The middle men of the insurance company’s up charge that free drug to 13 THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. Not the manufacturer. THE BLOODSUCKER INSURANCE COMPANY. So yeah. I have no chill with the goddamn “health” insurance lies. Fuck those leeches. Profiting of the sick is immoral. All of them should be out of business.
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    This is NOT THE ISSUE! Congress needs to work on how all healthcare is priced. As hospitals move from non-profit institutions run by local interests to for profit faculties run by venture capitalists, prices have increased dramatically, not just oral cancer drugs. You should try having dementia.
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    We should eliminate the Insurance industry from health! MEdicare 4 All!! Then have drug companies compete for best drugs at lowest cost universally!! Government needs to begin to represent us instead of billionaires!!
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    No reason to cover medicine differently based on disease. Medicine is medicine
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    Insurance companies are the death panels.
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    Oral cancer medications are covered and should be covered in the same manner as other oncology medications.
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    Is this a trick question? First of all, the cost for all cancer treatments should be affordable and accessible to all that need it-doesn’t matter if it’s orally taken or taken in through IV as long as it’s helping the patient get better. Hows about we work on bringing the cost down across the board of all cancer meds??
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    Nice idea, but another piecemeal step to a much broader and more basic problem that Congress refuses to debate the fundamentals of: is healthcare in the United States a privilege or a right? Until that question is decided nothing will work.
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    Not just this oral cancer treatment. ALL TREATMENTS FOR ALL DISEASES SHOULD ALL COST THE SAME NO MATTEE WHERD OR WHEN IT IS ADMINISTERED. When are we going to get leaders of this country who make laws to protect the people INSTEAD OF BIG PHARMA & MEDICAL CORPORATE.
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    Better yet, let’s get a universal healthcare system like the rest of the modern world! I support Medicare For All, giving the government the opportunity to negotiate the lowest drug prices! Medicine for people, not profit!
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    Give working Americans Medicare for all you bastards-all people deserve any and all treatment that helps them live! Break up big pharma and kill the predatory health care insurance mafia!
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    So now we o my care about cancer drugs? This is bullshit. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year due to the unbridled greed of drug dealers and their insurance companies. Drug companies do very little research. We the tax payers pay for the research done at NIH while the blood suckers drain us literally to death. Single payer NOW.
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    A lot of drug research is done at universities where grant money is used for R&D. A pharmaceutical company can by the drug, for a lot of money, and then bring the drug over the finish line in terms of trials. So, you are paying for the drug twice. Once with grant money, usually from NHS, and then when it is prescribed. It’s not like the universities put the money they received back into research or new grants. It’s placed back into the endowments. The market can’t correct for greed when it’s a matter of living or dying.
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    All medicine—but especially meds for life threatening illnesses—should be based on humane standards of ability to pay. The less you make, the more of a reduction or free voucher should be given to patients. Stop making a profit from diseases! Medicare for All is a human right in the first world nations with sane leaders. The USA should try being moral and compassionate to its citizenry and immigrants and having moral leaders! We might regain first world status again.
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    With a caveat though, we need some way to cut the cost of the drug overall.
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    Why would this be different then the rest. Will this bill after the votes are tallied sit on Moscow Mitch's desk like the hundreds of other bills waiting for him to sign? Pete as we watch our government being torn to shreds by your president. I ask myself what does the GOP get from this what does Pete King get from this? Would love to know From a very disappointed registered voter in your district. Ps with a very loud and proud mouth
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    I have Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia and have to take an oral chemo, the cost of 30 pills monthly is over $30,000 if I didn't have any insurance. Something needs to change because this is absolutely crazy for this medicine, that is my lifeline to be so outrageously expensive.
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    Pass universal healthcare instead.
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