Our senators are standing up for rural health care
By: Debbie Isakson, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
Late last year, I wrote a letter in this paper warning of the dangers of a mega-merger in the health care industry which, if approved, would end up forcing more and more people away from their Main Street pharmacy and towards mail order. The merger of Express Scripts and Medco would result in more and more rural pharmacies going out of business.
In the next 30 days, the FTC will decide whether or not we are going to allow what would be essentially a monopoly in this area. Rural health care will suffer.
Thankfully, both Senators Klobuchar and Franken have recently called the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission to stand up for rural health care and rural pharmacies.
Their leadership on this issue means rural citizens have a strong voice talking directly to the leadership of the FTC. We may often feel like we don’t have a voice in Washington. Our two senators have demonstrated they’ll stand up for Main Street jobs and rural health care.
My hope is that the FTC will take seriously the concerns of Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and a growing bi-partisan group of elected officials and blocks the merger between Medco and Express Scripts. Health care as you know it when you visit with your pharmacist depends on it.
Debbie Isakson, manager
White Drug, Cloquet