Campaign 2010

Jun 16, 2008

Ric Keller Pulls the Ultimate Scam on Seniors by Refusing to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

As Representative Ric Keller (FL-08) meets with seniors today to discuss how to spot a scam, he continues to pull one of the biggest scams on seniors by refusing to help lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.  Keller has opposed allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would give much needed relief to the 88,000 seniors in his district who still have to choose between buying necessities like drugs, gas or groceries.

 

“Instead of talking about other scams, Ric Keller should tell the seniors of his district exactly why he continues to help Big Drug companies scam them into paying too much for their prescription drugs,” said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the DCCC.  “Central Florida’s seniors deserve a leader who will fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs and focus on their priorities in Congress.”

 

Background:

 

  • Representative Keller voted against requiring the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices. The bill included discounts, rebates, and other price concessions that may be charged for drugs covered under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. [HR 4, Vote #23, 1/12/07]

 

  • Keller has received $41,000 from Big Drug companies since his first election cycle in 2000. [Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed: 6/16/08]