Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Points Out Huge Discrepancy In HIV Drug As She Grills Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going after Daniel O'Day, the CEO of Gilead, the company of a drug that can prevent HIV in most cases. It is very pricey in the U.S.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Points Out Huge Discrepancy In HIV Drug As She Grills Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day774
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been quite critical of Daniel O'Day, CEO of the pharmaceutical company Gilead, that has been charging $2,000 for a specific drug aimed at preventing HIV.

At the same time, Australians have access to the same drug for the price of $8.

In South Africa, it is even cheaper -- just $6 for the same product, according to the politician.

AOC stated: "There's no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it, and there's no enforceable reason for it."

Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings also said: "How can Gilead do this? How can our system allow a company to take a drug treatment that was developed with taxpayer funds and abuse its monopoly to charge such astronomical prices? This lifesaving treatment would not exist, but for the research funded by the CDC and the NIH."

Reports have indicated that the country could play a significant role in reducing global HIV rates, moving the world one step closer to a complete eradication of the virus, by making the drug more accessible to a broader range of people.

However, that does not seem to be on the table for the moment, as the price of the lifesaving medication has remained at its ridiculous levels for a while now.

This is far from the first time discrepancies like this one have been pointed out, and many people in the country seem to be getting fed up with the situation, seeing pharmaceutical companies as enemies rather than entities trying to help them out.

At the same time, the overall state of healthcare in the country remains problematic, with many people lacking access to lifesaving medications and having to pay extreme sums of money for small treatments.

Many have been asking for some reform for a while now, but it does not seem like this will happen anytime soon.

In the least, certain politicians like President Donald Trump seem opposed to the idea of making healthcare more accessible to everyone and have been pushing away from that trend.

Republicans in Congress were adamant that Trump did a lot in that area.

Do you think AOC should spend more times on issues like these, yes or no?