Senate lawmakers removed the $35 insulin cap, while Senate Democrats failed to bring the measure back into the Reducing Inflation Act.
Member of the Senate rule The $35 insulin cap violates budget adjustment rules.
The Senate moved to overturn the ruling and include the provision in the bill. However, it lost 57-43, just 3 votes short of the votes needed to overthrow MPs.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK ) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), vote Overrule Senate lawmakers’ ruling on insulin caps.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and other Senate Democrats slammed Republicans for failing to bring the provision back into the bill.
“Republicans just voted to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs of $35 a month for Americans with private insurance, which is beyond our bills. Republican promises to lower insulin costs are empty promises,” Wyden Say.
A message from the Senate: Republicans just voted to cap $35 monthly insulin out-of-pocket costs for Americans with private insurance, which is beyond our bill. Republicans’ promises to lower the cost of insulin are empty promises.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) August 7, 2022
“Republicans just voted against our $35 monthly insulin cap for privately insured patients, forcing countless patients to keep rationing their insulin — putting their lives at risk,” Sen. Patty Murray (D- WA) to speak in the Senate. “Everyone should be able to afford the lifesaving medicine they need. It’s shameful.”
The irony for Senate Democrats is that the measure would not have been necessary if President Joe Biden hadn’t suspended President Donald Trump’s executive order to lower insulin and epinephrine prices. Trump’s executive order will take effect immediately after Biden takes office.
Despite Democrats’ attacks on Trump’s health care agenda, the 45th president has also begun cutting red tape at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Notably, as Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak documented, prescription drug prices in general have fallen for the first time in half a century during the Trump administration.
Sean Moran is a congressional correspondent for Breitbart News.follow him on twitter @Shaun Moran3.