New Obama health plan takes on drug costs

June 17, 2007 at 2:29 PM
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STORY CITY, Iowa, June 17 (UPI) -- Sen. Barack Obama's plan to rework the United States' healthcare system focuses on limiting the cost of prescription drugs.

Speaking in Story City, Iowa, this weekend, the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination revealed a plan he says could save citizens $283 billion in prescription drug costs over a 10-year period, The Des Moines Register said Sunday.

Obama's plan, compiled by his campaign staff, would allow Medicare to negotiate more reasonable prices for such medication with pharmaceutical companies.

"It's wrong that American citizens should have to pay more for prescription drugs because drug companies are spending billions of dollars lobbying for it," Obama said Saturday.

The Illinois politician's report compares prices of such drugs with their actual costs and is said to show significant price increases when sold through Medicare.

The Register said Obama also visited a religious conference Saturday in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he told attendees about the state of religious faith in politics.

"Somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started to be used to drive us apart," Obama said. "It got hijacked."

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