Media Advisory: New Poll Shows MDers Very Strongly Support Measures to improve Prescription Drug Affordability
Baltimore, MD (September 6, 2016) – On Thursday, September 8th at Noon at the offices of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, 2600 St. Paul Street in Baltimore City, we will release new public opinion polling done by the independent research firm OpinionWorks showing strong public support for measures we will be proposing to improve prescription drug price affordability.
“Maryland has made substantial progress over the past decade making sure people have access to health coverage,” said Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, “As we turn our attention to making sure health care is affordable, we will focus our attention on addressing the sky rocketing prices of prescription drugs. The poll we are releasing shows overwhelming public support for the reasonable measures we are proposing to address prescription drug price affordability: requiring drug corporations to disclose the basis of their high cost drugs and to notify the public about new steep price increases; and authorizing the Attorney General to take legal action against prescription drug price gouging.”
WHAT: Prescription Drug Affordability Polling Release
WHEN: Thursday, September 8th, Noon
WHERE: Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, 2600 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore 21218
WHO: Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
Steve Raabe, President, OpinionWorks
Statement by Vincent DeMarco, President Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative on release of new poll showing strong public support for Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative
Today, we at the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative released a new poll showing overwhelming public support for our three proposals to address the escalating cost of prescription drugs. According to the survey recently conducted by prominent Maryland pollster OpinionWorks, over eighty percent of Maryland voters support requiring prescription drug corporations to disclose the basis for their high priced-drugs and notify the public of steep increases as well as giving the Attorney General’s office the authority to take legal action to prevent drug price gouging. Over sixty percent strongly support all three proposals. In addition, when asked to choose between candidates for the state legislature, substantial numbers of voters switched their allegiances to be for candidates who also support these proposals. Plainly, our Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative is good policy and good politics.