Southern California County Parties Join Many Democratic Party
Groups and Officials in Saying Yes on 61
SACRAMENTO, CA – Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party and the Ventura County Democratic Party have joined a growing number of local Democratic parties and Democratic Party officials in endorsing Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act of 2016, a statewide ballot measure that addresses drug price-gouging by the pharmaceutical industry.
The Santa Barbara County Democratic Party and Ventura County Democratic Party include local Democratic clubs, countywide Clubs, Young Democratic clubs and Women Democratic clubs, encompassing a broad range of membership. The Santa Barbara County Democratic Party and the Ventura County Democratic Party have a combined total of 23 clubs.
In addition to Ventura County and Santa Barbara County, the county Democratic parties in Alameda, Contra Costa, Madera, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Solano, Yolo and Sonoma counties also have endorsed Prop. 61. Numerous California Democratic Party (CDP) officials also are supporting Prop. 61, including former longtime California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres, CDP Secretary Daraka Larimore-Hall and CDP Controller Hilary Crosby. Progressive Democrats of America has also endorsed the measure, as has U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Even the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, who has not weighed in specifically on Proposition 61, decried the “high cost of your prescription drugs” during her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
Proposition 61, on the November ballot, 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 the same or an even better deal for taxpayers, saving the state billions.
Proposition 61 has also been endorsed by AARP California, the California Nurses Association, the Urban League, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Campaign for a Healthy California and many others. A full list of endorsements can be found at: http://www.Yeson61.com/endorsements/