Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now on news that President Biden’s 2022 Budget Proposal will not include lowering drug prices:
For decades now, Americans have made clear that lowering the cost of prescription drugs is a key issue for them — and across party lines.
Three-in-four Americans say they want our government to be able to directly negotiate prices with drug manufacturers. From seniors resorting to rationing their insulin, to cancer patients struggling to afford a long list of prescriptions, millions are still waiting for their elected leaders to stand on the side of people, not profits.
Congress has the ability to take action on prescription drug reform that lowers prices for millions, and saves taxpayers hundreds of billions. Now more than ever, Americans need lawmakers to unrig the rules that allow drug corporations to abuse their monopoly control of drug pricing and price-gouge patients. After a year of exacerbated economic hardship, every person, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have in a bank account should have affordable access to the medications they need. Americans have demanded this over and over again — the time for reform is now