Democrats kept the provision in the bill anyway, but Republicans on Sunday raised a procedural issue that led to a vote limiting the $35 cap to Medicare beneficiaries only. The final vote was 57-43, with seven GOP senators joining all members of the Senate Democratic Caucus in voting — but a 60-vote threshold was needed to preserve the private purchase provision.
The seven GOP senators who supported the measure were Susan Collins of Maine, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, both of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both of Alaska.
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This year, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia promoted a bill that would cap the cost of insulin at $35, as did Collins and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire in a bipartisan effort. Neither has progressed.
More than 37 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — more than 1 in 10 Americans — though not everyone knows it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 7 million people rely on insulin.