Budget 2019 just dropped and universal pharmacare wasn’t included. Instead the government announced plans to develop a national “Canadian Drug Agency” to negotiate drug prices.
Experts are saying that this could be a step towards universal coverage that would make drugs free for all — but that it doesn’t guarantee it — and that corporations are going to fight back.
We know that billionaire corporations are investing outrageous amounts of resources into blocking universal pharmacare so they can hoard their profits. And that with this latest announcement creating a potential pathway to pharmacare for all, they won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Leadnow is asking for people to sign their petition; oOver 15,000 Leadnow members have already signed the petition in support of universal pharmacare, and we’re gearing up to deliver it directly to key Liberal Ministers next week. But if we want to make a splash, and create enough pressure to force the Liberals to act, we need to make it huge.