The U.S. Senate just blocked a major piece of legislation, and President Donald Trump has been notified that it’s dead — at least for now.
Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing, jumping nine percent per year from 2008 to 2016. These costs have left the average American paying nearly $1,200 out of pocket per year, which is despicable.
And when Republicans introduced the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act to lower those costs — Democrats blocked it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led the charge to block a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering the price of prescription drugs.
The New York Democrat arrogantly claimed that he blocked the bill because he doesn’t think the legislation goes far enough.
In reality, Schumer blocked the bill because he obviously didn’t want Trump and Republicans to secure another legislative victory heading into the 2020 presidential election.
One of Schumer’s own colleagues, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, urged passage of the bill because he said it would play a big role in lowering the cost of prescription drug costs.
“If we pass this legislation, millions of Americans may no longer have to choose between food on the table, rent payments, and the medicine they need and deserve,” said Blumenthal.
Blumenthal added: “The Democrat senator also pointed out that the proposed legislation would make sure that any company caught “red handed” engaging in harmful practices would be held accountable.”
Republican Senator John Cornyn is hoping that Schumer abandons his effort to kill the bill. He would like it to reach the Senate floor for a full vote in the near future.
One America News reported:
The Democrat senator also pointed out that the proposed legislation would make sure that any company caught “red handed” engaging in harmful practices would be held accountable.
While the Senate battles over the bill’s contents, there are ways Americans can trim down drug costs on their own.
Those needing prescriptions could reportedly save up to 50 percent on drug costs if they have memberships to stores such as Costco, Kroger or Kmart.
Additional discounts can also be found on free phone apps such as GoodRX and Blink Health.
The apps let people pay directly out of pocket at a lower cost and, in some cases, gives drugs free of costs altogether. It even allows users to use a flexible spending card to mitigate costs.
It’s stunning that Trump and Republicans worked with Democrats to present a bipartisan bill to lower the price of prescription drugs — and Schumer blocked it.
He’s so petty that rather than help the American people, he would rather stick it to the president because he doesn’t want him to get any credit.
Schumer’s plan came after he has been losing a lot lately on key battles. Below are a few examples:
Are you tired of all this winning?