Democrats generally and those in the House of Representatives of this state specifically, seem to view Canada as some sort of panacea in the area of prescription drugs. Well, as many Republicans explained to them yesterday during floor debate, their take on this issue is short-sighted, foolish and solves nothing.
Drugs in Canada do not cost any less than they cost here.
The end-user/consumer doesn’t pay as much, because Canada’s socialist medical system directly subsidizes each end-user purchase with tax subsidies.
As an example, we have, let’s say, “Drug A,” that cost $10 to the purchaser here in Washington State. But if that same person were to go to Canada, taking into account the exchange rate, the cost is seemingly “reduced” to, say, $6 for the same prescription.
What democrats here apparently neither get nor care about is the fact that the Canadian Government has come up with the additional $4 in subsidies to enable the cheaper purchase.
The result? The “cheaper” Canadian sourced drugs are NOT, in fact, “cheaper.” They ARE, in fact, subsidized. And Canada has had just about all it’s going to take in the realm of subsidizing American drug purchasers with Canadian tax dollars.
Look for Canada to close this loophole and soon. Maybe then, legislative democrats will go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that will actually accomplish something, instead of this smoke-and-mirrors nonsense they’re engaging in now.