(KIMT News 3) – Some families are finding it hard to be able to afford prescription medication.
That’s why quite a few U.S. Senators are coming together to try to bring down the cost.
U.S. Senator Al Franken (DFL) Minnesota is a member of the Senate Health Committee and he wants President Obama to help bring down the cost of prescription drugs.
He is hoping the President negotiates prices with drug manufacturers and promote competition in the generic drug market.
Franken also says that TV ads play a role in the increase.
“People go into their Dr.’s office and ask for the drug they saw on TV,” said Franken. Doctors will very often not say that you should get cheaper generic drug which is the same formula.”
He is hoping Obama will plan this into this 2017 budget proposal because this isn’t something new.
“What I am hearing is that families sometimes have to choose between paying their bills and paying for their medicine and no one should have to make that choice,” said Franken.