Iowa’s Democratic Representatives in Congress Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Cindy Axne (IA-03), and Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), voted yesterday for Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) that will drastically reduce Americans’ prescription drug prices by up to 55% and save taxpayers nearly $500 billion over the next 10 years.
We need to elect more Democrats in the Senate to make sure bills passed in the House that actually help the people of Iowa become law. Statements below from Axne and Loebsack from QC Times:
Axne:“Every week, I hear from Iowa seniors and families in my district about their struggle to pay for their prescription drugs,” Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA Dist. 3) said before the vote. “I’m proud to vote today to cap Medicare drug costs, allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, and save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars to ensure that no Iowan ever has to decide again between buying medication and making ends meet.”
Loebsack: “It is past time that Medicare is able to negotiate with drug companies, similar to what the Veterans Administration has been doing for years. These negotiated prices will then be passed along to Iowans who have private healthcare insurance,” Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-Dist. 2) said in a press release after passage of the bill.”
From Finkenauer’s Twitter feed:
From roundtables in Dubuque and Waterloo, we have heard about the true cost of high drug prices for families across #IA-01. Today, I proudly voted yes on historic reforms that put people over big pharma.