The California Legislature is at recess until January. Therefore, we are focusing on Washington….
We are still working on the Prescription Drug bills to stop the RX Greed Campaign.
- Outrage: It’s time for Congress to fix the unfair system that is rigged against Americans.
- Americans are still sick and tired of paying the highest prices in the world for their prescription drugs. Everyone agrees Congress needs to lower prices NOW.
- 3x More: It’s outrageous to have to pay 3 times what people in other countries pay for the same medicine.
- Negotiate Prices: Every year, Medicare spends more than $129 billion on prescription drugs. Yet it’s prohibited by law from using its buying power to negotiate with drug companies to get lower prices. Giving Medicare the power to negotiate will save taxpayers and people on Medicare $117 billion and lower prescription drug costs for all Americans.
- People shouldn’t have to choose between buying medicine and paying for food or rent. Just Wrong: It is wrong that even during a pandemic and financial crisis, drug companies increased the prices of over 1,000 drugs last year!
- Ask your member of Congress and two Senators: Can AARP count on you to act now to lower prescription drug prices?
In April, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S.1435, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act, which would curb major drug companies’ anti-competitive use of patents to protect their prescription drugs and prevent generic and biosimilar competition from coming to market. The bill is designed to encourage competition and give patients greater access to prescription drugs at a cheaper cost without stifling innovation or infringing on patent rights.
S 1773, the Prescription Drug Pricing Dashboard bill, was introduced in May. This bill would amend title XI of the Social Security Act to establish internet website-based dashboards to allow the public to review information on spending for, and utilization of, prescription drugs and biologicals covered under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This bill is co-sponsored by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).
The Social Spending bill is still hanging on. Now that the Democrats have cut the total from $3.5 trillion to *only* $1.7 trillion, they are hoping that all Democrats will accept it. The hold-outs have been Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. The main points are
1. Medicare and Medicaid expansions – these may be cut
2. Paid family leave – this may be cut from 12 to 4 weeks
3. Taxes on the wealthy and corporations – figuring out how much to tax them….
4. Child tax credit – this may be cut
5. Climate change – adding public utility companies?
The Infrastructure bill, HB3683, has passed the Senate, and now is being debated between the House and the Senate as they hammer out the few items that seem to be sticking points.
If you have any opinion on these bills, NOW is the time to contact our Senators and Representatives to let them know how we feel! Stay informed and keep in touch with our Congressmen and Women.