“By giving seniors and families the ability to comparison shop for their prescription drug needs we can improve access to life saving medicines and keep more money in residents’ pocketbooks,” said Cox. “There are a wide variety of ways we can provide more affordable health care without trampling the Constitution like President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. As Governor I will double the number of drugs listed on MichiganDrugPrices.com and include generics to help drive down prices and empower consumers.”
MichiganDrugPrices.com lists 150 commonly prescribed drugs, allowing residents to comparison shop for their prescription needs, potentially saving thousands of dollars every year. Cox helped launch the drug pricing website in 2006, fought to expand the number of drugs featured on the site to 150 in 2007 and has consistently fought to further expand the number of drugs listed. The Granholm administration refuses to expand the site but that will change after Cox is elected Governor.
In March, Cox filed a lawsuit to stop President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi’s massive federal health care bill because it oversteps Congress’s Constitutional authority and for the first time ever forces Michigan residents to purchase a product as the price of citizenship. The bill also includes trillions of dollars in federal spending, at least 88 new government programs and nearly 1,700 new sets of regulations.
“Never before in our history have you had to buy something as the price of citizenship,” Cox said recently. “This is an unprecedented overreach by Congress and the President. There are constitutional limits to what Congress can force individuals and the state to do and I am fighting this bill because it exceeds those limits.”
As Attorney General, Cox has saved Michigan residents hundreds of millions of dollars in higher premiums and costs by fighting Blue Cross rate hikes and stopping anti-consumer bills in the state legislature.
Cox has recovered a record $162 million in Medicaid Fraud and led the fight to create an Office of Medicaid Inspector General, while also fighting drug companies that fraudulently billed the State of Michigan or put consumers at risk. He also outlined a set of ten guiding principles for building a foundation for constitutional, long-term healthcare reform in Michigan.