DeSantis definitely doesn’t mess around when it comes to actual governance.
For this reason, Florida became the first state in the nation to apply for the Canadian Drug Importation Program, starting off DeSantis’s governorship with a bang.
In a news release dated November 23, 2020, “Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Submittal of Drug Importation Proposal to Federal Government,” it was clear that the Republican wasted no time in getting to work for Americans.
“For far too long, Floridians have been paying exorbitant prices for prescription drugs,” DeSantis announced at the time, “today, we take another step towards lowering those prices by submitting a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a first of its kind Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program. My administration will continue to work collaboratively in an effort to bring affordable prescription drugs to all Floridians.”
Imagine if Andrew Gillum, the Democrat’s pick, had beaten DeSantis instead. The state would have transformed into an Orwellian nightmare, especially during COVID.
And, while the federal government should be neutral in terms of permitting state applications for federal programs that are allegedly open to all states, the White House clearly decided to drag its feet when it came to DeSantis.
As multiple months later, DeSantis was still attempting to get the White House to give the time of day to Americans in Florida.
In another news release dated July 9, 2021, “Governor Ron DeSantis Urges Swift Approval of Florida’s Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program,” the DeSantis team made it abundantly clear that the Republican Governor was persistent in his efforts to lower drug costs for Floridians, in spite of the federal government predictably dragging its feet.
The release also noted that “DeSantis toured the facility secured by Florida to warehouse drugs procured through this program [in May 2021] and called on the Biden Administration and leadership at HHS to approve Florida’s SIP.”
The 2021 release also provided additional commentary from DeSantis regarding the program.
“In Florida, we’ve led the nation in creating a program to lower prescription drug costs through their importation from Canada,” DeSantis announced proudly.
“With the issuance of this new executive order directing the FDA to work with states, I expect no further delay in the approval of Florida’s plan to import safe and effective prescription drugs,” DeSantis continued, “while Big Pharma and federal bureaucracy have continued to stand in the way, it’s past time Florida taxpayers realized savings on these drugs.”
Well, by August 31, 2022, DeSantis had enough of the obvious Biden charade and went full barrel towards a lawsuit to bring about clearly needed change.
As reported by Louis Casiano of Fox News, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday sued the Biden administration over alleged delays to attempts by his state to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, saying he hopes Floridians aren’t being punished over political differences.”
Given how spiteful the White House has been as of late, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, especially since Biden apparently ignores checks and balances anyway.
Likely why he uses the presidency as a personal vendetta against Republicans who know a thing or two about actual leadership.
“I’d hate to think that the Biden admin would not approve it just because it’s Florida, because they have issues with Florida politically … because this will benefit people … regardless of political persuasion,” DeSantis drawled.
Author: Ofelia Thornton