SACRAMENTO -- One-time presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is still on the campaign trail long after his defeat in the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton.
Sanders appeared at the second rally of the day backing Proposition 61, the measure that hopes to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
He kept to a theme of battling corporate greed -- pharmaceutical companies in the case of Proposition 61. They raised $130 million to try to defeat the measure.
“For the first time in history, the American people are going to stand up to the drug companies and you’re going to beat them, that’s what you’re going to do," he told a cheering crowd on the steps of the Capitol building.
The California Nurses Association is a big backer of the measure, which would restrict what the state pays for prescription drugs to what the Veterans Administration pays for drugs for veterans.
But an array of veterans groups, patients groups, dozens of newspapers and the California Medical Association are against the measure fearing that drug companies will undo agreements with the VA that limit drug prices. There are no guarantees that prices will come down, and the proposal doesn't affect a majority of Californians.
“Unfortunately it’s not going to lower drug prices, and it’s going to cause veterans increased prices and lower services," said Pete Conaty, a veterans advocate who represents many veterans organizations.
But Sanders stuck to his message to an enthused crowd that included many people who voted for Sanders for president.
“I really like his policies, I like that he seems like he really, really cares," said Sanders supporter Roxanna Jarvis, who didn't know much about Proposition 61 until she saw Sanders in a pro Proposition 61 ad.
Sanders says passing the measure will cause other states and the federal government to place price restrictions on essential prescription drugs.