Before we get started, I want it on the record I like Ron DeSantis and am happy he was elected Florida governor. That said, I have no clue why he’s touting a Bernie Sanders-inspired drug importation policy.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears set to sign a bill creating a program to import prescription drugs from Canada after the Republican-backed legislation passed the state Senate.
The bill passed the GOP-controlled Florida House 93-22 on April 11. The Washington Examiner characterized the legislation as a move to lock down “the gray vote.” It passed in the state Senate 27-13 on Monday morning.
Opponents of the bill have called the policy socialist and point out that only one other state, Vermont, has taken steps toward a similar program.
“For starters it is one of [Independent Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders’ ideas,” Grover Norquist of conservative group Americans for Tax Reform said April 22. “The rest of the world has damaged their ability to invent new drugs. We invent the drugs. Then they put price controls on them. And some politicians in Florida want to bring those price controls into Florida, a Republican state.”
Prescription drug prices are a war crime, and of course, we should do what we can to get them lowered. Importing medicine from Canada is not the way to go, especially considering their national medical program is a disgrace. Unless, of course, you don’t mind waiting two years for an operation.