Background: The Democratic-led General Assembly in Colorado approved legislation in 2019 that would make the state one of the nation’s first to import prescription drugs from other countries. The Polis administration is delaying implementation amid the budget crunch, but the measure requires federal approval. President Donald Trump supports drug importation, but even if the state received the go-ahead by the end of 2020, the next presidential administration could play a role.
Supports Colorado’s drug importation program
A: Hickenlooper supports Colorado’s ability to import safe prescription drugs from other countries, including Canada and Mexico, and wants to end the prohibition on these imports. He would lower prices for consumers by expanding and rebuilding the Affordable Care Act. By allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices of prescription drugs, drug companies will be more transparent about their pricing.
Voted to reduce prescription-drug prices
A: He supports drug importation. “There’s no reason for Americans to be paying 10 times as much for the same prescription drugs as people in other countries do,” Romanoff told The Sun. In his legislative tenure, he voted to reduce Coloradans’ prescription-drug prices by pooling Colorado’s purchasing power with other states. He also invested in local health clinics and expanded the use of telemedicine.