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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts San Francisco Rally TODAY—Oct. 15th—for Lower Drug Price Initiative, Yes on Prop 61

Yes on Prop 61
Posted on: 15 Oct 16

Wrapping up the first week of early voting, Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Saturday (10/15/16) at 12 Noon for a rally in support of the measure. This is Sen. Sanders' first trip to California since the primary election campaign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear alongside Proposition 61 supporters including the California Nurses Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and VoteVets to speak out against Big Pharma price-gouging and lies regarding the measure. Prop. 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act is the only initiative on the November ballot in all 50 states to address the issue of drug company price-gouging. The San Francisco rally follows the first week of ballots arriving at the homes of California voters. TV ads featuring Sen. Sanders supporting Prop. 61 are also currently airing statewide (‘Yes on 61’ TV ads and videos). Senator Sanders appeared at raucous ‘Yes on 61’ rally in L.A. Friday, then promoted drug price ballot measure in an appearance on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’.

When: Saturday, 10/15/16 at 12:00 PM
Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Yerba Buena Ballroom
780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Who: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
California State Assemblyperson David Chiu
Jane Sandoval, RN, Board Member, California Nurses Association (CNA)
Steve Dunwoody, California Director, VoteVets
Special Guest: San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Democratic Candidate for St. Senate


Prop 61 is a simple measure that allows California to leverage its massive negotiating power to achieve lower drug prices for the most vulnerable Californians.

Proposition 61 would require the state of California to negotiate with drug companies for drug prices that are no more than is paid for the same drugs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Unlike Medicare, the DVA negotiates for drug prices on behalf of the millions of veterans it serves, and pays on average 20-24 percent less for medications than other government agencies, and up to 40 percent less than Medicare Part D. Prop. 61 empowers the state, as the healthcare buyer for millions of Californians, to negotiate a better deal for taxpayers, saving the state billions.

Paid for by Yes on Prop61, Californians for Lower Drug Prices, With Major Funding by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and California Nurses Association PAC. FPPC ID#1376791

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Last updated on: 15/10/2016

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