DFL Party Statement on Republicans’ Vote Against Lowering Insulin Costs
Up to 386,480 people in Minnesota with diabetes, 8.8% of the state’s adult population, rely on insulin, which for some people can cost as much as $1,000 per month
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement after Minnesota’s entire Republican Congressional delegation voted last night against a bill to cap the cost of insulin for many Americans at $35 per month:
“As many as 386,480 Minnesotans rely on insulin to survive, but are forced to pay as much as $1,000 per month for a drug that costs pennies to manufacture. Far too many Minnesotans are forced to choose between making rent or being able to afford a drug they cannot live without because of the greed of Big Pharma. I applaud DFL Representatives Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCullum, and Ilhan Omar for voting to drastically cut the cost of insulin for many Minnesotans.
“It is deeply disturbing that Republican Representatives Tom Emmer, Michelle Fischbach, and Pete Stauber voted to allow Big Pharma to continue jacking up the price of life-saving drugs to line their pockets. The Republican vote against capping the price of insulin is a slap in the face to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who rely on insulin to survive.”