Pro-Trump Governor's Bill Pays Homage to Bernie
He appears to have set his sights even higher, creating a novel program similar to Bernie Sanders' idea to lower prescription drug prices.
Overall, one-fifth of the Sunshine State's population is 65 and older, the highest percentage nationwide. (The Daily Caller)
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, reported The Associated Press. 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.
“The United States pays more for prescription drugs than anywhere else in the world,” DeSantis said after the bill’s passage in the state House. “In Florida, we can change that by employing safe, common sense solutions such as importing FDA approved prescription drugs from Canada.”
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, although it faces federal hurdles.
For his part, President Trump gave DeSantis his blessing to pursue this initiative.