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Bernie Sanders Hits Big Pharma In Fox News Op-Ed — But Ignores Coronavirus Vaccines

January 26, 2023

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) derided what he sees as corporate greed from pharmaceutical companies in a recent Fox News op-ed.

Sanders said that Americans are struggling with high prescription drug costs and that it’s having negative impacts on their lives.

“Today, millions of Americans are making the unacceptable choice between feeding their families or buying the medicine they need,” Sanders wrote. “Seniors from Vermont to Alaska are forced to split pills in half and many have died because they did not have enough money to fill their prescriptions.”

He added that he thinks the pharmaceutical lobby has too much influence over American health care policy.

“Over the past 25 years, the pharmaceutical industry has spent $8.5 billion on lobbying and over $745 million on campaign contributions to buy politicians,” he wrote. “Incredibly, last year, the drug companies hired over 1,700 lobbyists including the former congressional leaders of both major political parties — over 3 pharmaceutical industry lobbyists for every Member of Congress.”

Sanders did not mention coronavirus vaccines or vaccine mandates in his op-ed.


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