Protecting Iowans, Not Pharmaceutical Companies
As I’ve traveled throughout the Third District the last few months, I have heard from so many of you about the daily impact that rising prescription drugs costs is having on your lives.
I heard from a teacher in Farragut who spends 1/3 of her take-home pay on insulin to treat her diabetes, who is looking for a second job to cover the costs of her life-saving medication. Another Third District resident wrote to tell me that the price of her medication has sky-rocketed from $50 to $1000 every 90 days. She told me that her same medication can be purchased at a Canadian pharmacy for $60. In fact, Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other country in the world.
What is clear from these stories you all have shared with me is that Iowans are struggling to keep up. As I said on the House Floor, no one should ever have to decide between paying for their medication or putting food on the table.
I'm here in Congress to protect Iowans, not pharmaceutical companies, and I have been hard at work in Washington to follow through on that promise.
Last week I am proud to have voted for the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. This bill will close loopholes that some drug companies are exploiting to game the system to reap profits and take advantage of Iowa families. Specifically, this legislation would:
- Lower the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs – by making it easier for generic drugs to enter the market.
- Crack down on junk plans – by reversing the expansion of junk plans that can discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits.
- Reverse dangerous efforts to rollback healthcare protections – by helping states to set up their own marketplaces so they can expand coverage and lower costs, reinforcing the Navigator program that helps families enroll in affordable coverage, and restoring funding for outreach and enrollment education efforts.
This legislation will provide much-needed relief to Iowans and save billions of taxpayer dollars, but this is just the first step. I am proud to be a voice for the Third District in Congress, and hope to continue to bring your stories to the forefront of the conversations happening in Washington.