‘Straight up corruption.’ New Ossoff ad focuses on cutting drug prices

May 3, 2017 - Atlanta - Jon Ossoff holds a press conference in Liberty Plaza, across from the Capitol. Two weeks after Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly won Georgia’s 6th District race, the battle over the suburban Atlanta seat is entering a vicious new phase. Republican groups have already poured more than $6.5 million into the race since the April 18 vote, and Ossoff is readying a $5.2 million counterpunch. The first poll of the June 20 runoff matchup shows a dead heat, and Karen Handel’s supporters are under incredible pressure to pull out a victory. “You’d better win, ” Trump said at a closed-door fundraiser for Handel that raised more than $750,000. Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping a new outreach to conservative voters skeptical of Trump will help: Nearly one in four Republican-leaning voters backed Ossoff last month. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Democrat Jon Ossoff seized on healthcare issues in his latest TV ad, promising to support legislation that would lower the cost of prescription drugs by letting the federal government negotiate prices with pharmaceutical firms.

In a neck-and-neck race with U.S. Sen. David Perdue, the Democrat’s 30-second spot released Tuesday focuses on a push to enable the Department of Health and Human Services to allow the Medicare program hash out prices of medications.

“It’s straight up corruption. Fighting corruption is my job,” said Ossoff, who owns an investigative journalism firm. “I approve this message because I’m not taking donations from corporate PACs, and I won’t let the drug companies rip us off any more.”

Republicans have resisted the policy, arguing that it would force cost-cutting measures by pharmaceutical firms that could scale back research programs that devise innovative treatments.

Perdue spokesman John Burke accused Ossoff of backing a “socialized” healthcare system that would lead to fewer doctors and higher costs, adding: “This kind of agenda during a pandemic isn’t just radical, it’s dangerous.”

See the ad, called ‘Negotiate,’ here:

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