Statement from Margarida Jorge, head of Lower Drug Prices Now – the leading campaign fighting to lower prescription drug prices – in response to the Energy and Commerce Committee vote:
Big Pharma is fighting this reform for one reason and one reason only: to protect their sky-high profits and lavish CEO pay. Their army of lobbyists may have bought off enough politicians to win this vote, but they won’t have the final say.
Lowering the price of prescription drugs is overwhelmingly popular with the public, it is supported by the vast majority of Democrats in the House and Senate, and it is a priority of this Administration. Democrats have been running on this issue for years. We cannot and will not let a few of Big Pharma’s fans in Congress who are more interested in protecting drug corporation profits than helping their constituents get affordable medicines block this overdue reform.
Reconciliation is a once in a generation opportunity to get this done and there is no way to build back better without lowering drug prices. Democrats must not let this opportunity pass. To those members who stood with Big Pharma instead of their constituents today — namely Representatives Peters, Schrader, and Rice — we will always remember when it counted most which side you were on.