“Medications, Deaths, Costs and Common Sense”
About five years ago, I decided to research drug prices on a global comparative basis. As expected, Americans paid the highest prices on the planet. Both President Bush and Obama basically turned over blank checks to the pharmaceutical companies, who in turn apply the principle of “whatever the market will bear.” Overall, Americans pay, by far, the most for healthcare and repeatedly, we rank way down the list of countries that are the healthiest and live the longest. Even worse, in Louisiana, we pay the most for healthcare and get the least in America. In the U.S. for 2010, there were 31,513 deaths from firearms and many of these were drug related. Obviously, there are over three times the number of deaths from legal medications annually (over 106,000) than there are deaths from guns.