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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 4:25 am 
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Guest column by the Governor in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Huckabee: Grant Americans free trade on prescriptions
By Mike Huckabee Guest columnist May 27 2015

I'm disappointed with Republicans who voted last week to empower President Obama with new trade authority. I wouldn't trust this administration to negotiate a deal on a secondhand Subaru — let alone a trillion-dollar trade deal.

One free and fair trade proposal that would actually help Americans by saving them billions isn't even on the table: prescription drug re-importation.

Imagine if Washington could find a simple, easy way to save each American $500 a year. You'd think we would pass that law today? Wrong.

The average American spends $1,000 per year on prescription drugs. As a country, we spend almost $375 billion filling prescriptions annually — almost 40 percent more than any other country. This is a huge expense — especially for seniors.

For too long, Floridians have been paying far too much for prescription drugs. The Sunshine State spends more than $132 billion per year on health-care expenses. Florida spends substantially more on health care than most other states. As a country, we filled 4.3 billion prescriptions last year.

So why are Americans paying, on average, twice as much for the same prescription drug as Canadians? Why does the same pill, from the same facility, by the same company cost $2 in Canada and $10 in Orlando? The answer: Our government makes drug re-importation illegal.
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Mike Huckabee is a former governor of Arkansas and a current GOP presidential candidate. He will be discussing economic issues in Orlando next week at Gov. Rick Scott's Growth Summit on June 2.

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 7:50 am 
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There are a host of reasons we need to free up Americans from the powerful drug company lobby, with its ability to unfairly and grossly raise prices. One drug for my husband's brain trauma treatment was over $15,000, certainly far exceeding cost of production and testing. Meanwhile, other "good drugs" are kept from the market because more powerful and wealthy companies suppress them, bringing lawsuits, lobbying for votes from politicians to keep the little guys out of the business, and often trying to punish those with new ideas and research. A President Huckabee, who could help deregulate and bring more sensible marketing of ideas and products, would help us. Expect the powerful drug company lobby to oppose Huckabee now.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:07 am 
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"The Hill" is reporting on this.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/243175-huckabee-backs-the-freedom-to-purchase-safe-drugs-from-canada

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