Statement from Margarida Jorge, head of Lower Drug Prices Now in response to Senator Manchin’s comments that he won’t support Build Back Better:
“Senator Manchin’s opposition to Build Back Better is a major blow against lowering prescription drug prices and holding Big Pharma accountable for price gouging. Refusing support for this bill means drug corporations can keep their monopoly power to set prices high and keep raising them even if seniors, patients and families go without life-saving medicines they need. Senator Manchin’s announcement puts him on the wrong side when it comes to affordable prescriptions.
But he can’t be the final word. Too much is at stake.
Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is the most popular provision in Build Back Better. It has support of nearly every Democrat in the Senate, including Manchin and Sinema, as well as nearly every person, regardless of political party. The Senate must immediately find a way to lower drug prices in line with the framework agreed to by Senators and the White House. Families can’t afford to wait.”