Of all the rip-offs going on by the drug companies these days, insulin has to be one of the worst. It was discovered nearly 100 years ago by a doctor who sold the patent for $1 because “He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives.” The big drug companies lack such ethics. They’ve jacked the price of insulin up 700% over the past 30 years.
Why did Congress let them do this? Could it be the millions of dollars of campaign contributions from prescription drug companies? Could it be their small army of lobbyists which outnumber members of Congress?
Fortunately, some of the newly elected members of Congress, who haven’t taken tons of drug money, are standing up to Big Pharma and holding hearings. They want to find out why costs for insulin and other lifesaving drugs keep going up and up.
We need representatives like these closer to home. Take our current Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey, who is a former lobbyist for prescription drug companies. His wife was still a lobbyist for several major pharmaceutical clients as recently as 2017. Morrisey tried to get himself elected a U.S. Senator last year, but voters rejected him.
Voters should take a closer look at Morrisey’s record before his 2020 re-election bid. We need the folks we send to Washington to work for us, not for big drug companies that “hold us hostage” when we need medicine.