The Senate MP removed a $35 insulin cap, and Senate Democrats failed to reintroduce the measure into the Inflation Reduction Act.
The Senate MP ruled that a $35 insulin cap violated budget reconciliation rules.
The Senate decided to override the ruling and include the provision in the bill. However, it failed 57-43, just three votes short of the number needed to overrule the MP.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), voted to ignore the Senate MP’s ruling on the insulin cap.
sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and other Senate Democrats criticized Republicans for not reintroducing the provision into the bill.
Republicans just voted to remove a $35 monthly cap on insulin for Americans with private insurance. The Republicans’ promises to lower insulin costs are all empty promises,” Wyden said.
News from the Senate Floor: Republicans just voted to waive a $35 monthly deductible on insulin for Americans with private insurance from our account. The Republicans’ promises to cut insulin costs are all empty promises.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) August 7, 2022
“Republicans just voted AGAINST our $35-a-month insulin cap for patients on private insurance, forcing countless patients to ration their insulin — endangering their lives,” Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said on the Senate floor. . “Everyone should be able to afford the life-saving medicines they need. This is shameful.”
Ironically for the Senate Democrats, this measure would not have been necessary if President Joe Biden had not suspended President Donald Trump’s executive order to lower the price of insulin and epinephrine. Trump’s executive order would come into effect immediately after Biden entered the White House.
Despite Democrats’ attacks on Trump’s healthcare agenda, the 45th president also went on to cut red tape at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Notably, under Trump, prescription drug prices fell in aggregate for the first time in half a century, as Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak documented.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.