Republicans, including Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, voted against a critical $35 cap on insulin prices. John Iadarola and Francesca Fiorentini break it down on The Damage Report.
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‘What the Hell is Wrong With Them’: GOP Senators Kill $35 Cap on Insulin – https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/08/07/what-hell-wrong-them-gop-senators-kill-35-cap-insulin
"Senate Republicans on Sunday successfully stripped a proposed $35 per month cap on out-of-pocket spending on insulin for patients enrolled in private insurance from the tax and climate bill making its way through the Senate.
The Senate parliamentarian had earlier ruled that the provision, sponsored by Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, is not primarily related to the federal budget and thus not eligible for a reconciliation bill. The ruling gave Republicans a chance to kill the proposal.
Waiving the rules required 60 votes to succeed. Only seven Republicans sided with Democrats to keep the insulin cap in the bill with a 57-43 vote.
“Republicans have just gone on the record in favor of expensive insulin,” Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden said. “After years of tough talk about taking on insulin makers, Republicans have once against wilted in the face of heat from Big Pharma. Fortunately, the $35 insulin copay cap for insulin in Medicare remains in the bill, so seniors will get relief from high insulin costs. I will continue working to deliver lower insulin costs to all Americans.”"
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