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Congress Votes to Restore Discounts for Drugs Used to Treat Severely Ill Children

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Children's hospitals in Cleveland and across the country expressed relief after Congress voted to restore discounts for expensive medicines whose costs were about to cut into revenues and the ability to treat severely ill children.

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Kerrie G (116)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 1:36 am
Noted, thanks.

Carol H (229)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 3:49 am
well thanks goodness

Alice C (1797)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 3:53 am
This should be ongoing and should not need a vote from Congress...The discounts should be in place always

Saturday December 11, 2010, 6:40 am
There should be no such thing as EXPENSIVE medicines.
The drug companies are rich enough to offer their medicines at affordable prices to EVERYONE. It's the greed of the CEOs that requires a CURE....sadly, there is no cure for GREED.

. (0)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 3:04 pm
I never considered this. I'm glad for the news.

Bianca sa (0)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 6:15 pm
I am so with you Marilyn

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 7:35 pm
Am I understanding this. The government will make up the high costs of drugs to pharmaceutical companies so that children can get their medications paid for by ? whom.
Is this just another welfare program for pharmaceutical companies who charge Americans more for medications that any other country. If the health care plan was written as it should have been, exorbitant prices might be a thing of the past. The pharmaceutical companies are trying to recoup their costs spent in fighting the national health care plan, just as insurance companies are also by increasing subscription rates by as much as 30%.
(Is this alright Cal, or do you want to review my comment before I submit it?)

Amanda K (0)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 8:18 pm

Charlie Lopez (1)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 10:30 pm
come on no child in need of life saving medicine should ever be without it..HAVE A HEART!!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 10:33 pm
Why this subject would even be debated in the first place is deplorable - these are children and they are the future.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 12:56 am
Thanks for the article.

Marilyn K (50)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 12:28 pm
Medication for all people that are severely suffering from an illness that requires daily dosages should be available at affordable costs whether they are children or adults. It is a disgrace that it had to be voted on when it should be a given.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 12:32 pm
Marilyn K. You are so right. But finally Congress did something good.

Carlene V (202)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 12:49 pm
Agree with Marilyn K. Why would something like this even need a vote? Where is the logic in NOT letting those kids (or adults for that matter) have the medications they need?

April Thompson (2)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 1:24 pm
Thank God! No adult or child should go without necessary medicine that they need to live!

Desiree M (4)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 3:34 pm
No one - child or adult - should have to go without the medicine needed to survive. Actually not just "survive" but survive and function as best as we can. And it shouldn't just be medicine, because we can't get medicine if we can't get in to see a doctor.

We have the only "civilized" nation that considers health care to be a privilege for those who are healthy enough and wealthy enough to get and afford to keep insurance. Any other civilized nation recognizes that health care is a human right. That our health care "debate" went as it did and that this required a vote should be really disturbing.

Teresa K (33)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 7:32 pm
VOTE ?????!!!!!!!!!

Teresa K (33)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 7:36 pm

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday December 13, 2010, 4:54 am
This should not have had to happen, The medications should not have been taken from the seirously ill children in the first place.

Jennifer M (78)
Monday December 13, 2010, 1:24 pm
Good! All medicine should be affordable for everyone.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday December 14, 2010, 9:31 am
Good news.
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