I found this article at Politico hilarious:
Importing prescription drugs from Canada has long been seen as an easy solution to skyrocketing drug prices for U.S. patients.
But now that President Donald Trump and Democrats are pushing to make those cross-border sales legal, Canadian health experts are issuing a dire warning: It could destroy Canada’s drug market.
Attempting to fill the United States’ needs with pharmaceuticals from its much smaller northern neighbor could sap supplies in Canada, creating shortages and driving up prices in a government-run health system that itself is struggling to make drugs affordable, opponents of the import proposals say. And the result, they say, would be little if any relief for high prices in the United States.
Yep. That’s the way that markets work all right. Supply and demand. That is the complaint that Americans are expressing. Companies have been granted monopolies and they’re using those monopolies to gouge consumers. Consumers quite understandably seek to evade the companies’ predatory pricing by buying from lower-priced sources.
There are multiple solutions to this problem. We could (and IMO should) reform our intellectual property laws. We could impose price caps. We could subsidize consumers (and, coincidentally, producers). We could impose a complicated regime of of subsidies, regulations, and taxes (thereby maximizing the opportunities for graft—it’s the American way!).
Or Canadians could pay the prevailing U. S. market prices for pharmaceuticals. They are presently being protected by U. S. law. What U. S. law hath given U. S. law can take away.