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Coalition Rejects Medicare Part D Price-Fixing Schemes

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Nationwide Conservative Groups: Oppose Medicare Part D Rebate Proposals

Dear Senators and Representatives,

As the debate over fixing national healthcare policy continues, we anticipate hearing resurrected calls to raid existing entitlement programs to pay for increased spending on other programs.

On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to let you know that we oppose such efforts, including those cloaked as efforts to require pharmaceutical companies to “rebate” portions of their drug sale proceeds into Medicare. Any effort to do so would force drug makers to sell their products at a loss, and would constitute a new tax, not a “rebate.” The negative impacts of this new tax would be passed along to consumers in the form of higher costs for life-saving prescription drugs, more expensive premiums, and less medical innovation -- all of which would be harmful to seniors.

Additionally, we oppose allowing the government to fix prices.  Market-based programs should not be subject to government interference.  Such action would result in little to no savings, per the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis. 

We hope you will reject any risky tax hike scheme on prescription drugs, and any other effort that would increase the cost of medical care on patients across the country.

Thank you in advance for your favorable consideration.

Sincerely,
 
Chrissy Harbin, Vice President of External Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
 
Jim Martin, Chairman
60 Plus Association
 
Sean Noble, President
American Encore
 
Peter J. Thomas, Chairman
 
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
 
Tom Brinkman Jr., Chairman
Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
 
Mark Lucas, Executive Director
Concerned Veterans for America
 
Nathan Nascimento, Vice President of Policy 
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce
 
David Barnes, Policy Director
Generation Opportunity
 
Carrie L. Lukas, President
Independent Women's Forum
 
Heather R. Higgins, President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice
 
Daniel Garza, President
The LIBRE Initiative
 
Harry C. Alford, President/CEO
National Black Chamber of Commerce
 
Pete Sepp, President
National Taxpayers Union
 
William Whipple III, President
Secure America's Future Economy