Insulin: Democrats fail to place $35 cap for most Americans in reconciliation bill
Democrats kept the provisions in the bill anyway, but Republicans on Sunday raised a procedural issue that led to a vote to limit the $35 cap to Medicare beneficiaries only. The final vote was 57 to 43, with seven Republican senators joining all members of the Senate Democratic caucus — but a 60-vote threshold was needed to keep the private markets provisions in place.
The seven Republican senators who supported the provision were Susan Collins of Maine, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John F. Kennedy and Bill Casey of Louisiana Dee, and Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska.
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This year, Democratic Sen. Rafael Warnock of Georgia pushed a bill to limit the cost of insulin to $35, as did Collins of New Hampshire and Democratic Sen. Jenny Shaheen in a bipartisan effort . Neither has progressed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — more than one in 10 Americans — although not everyone knows it. More than 7 million people are dependent on insulin.