The Senate removed the $35 insulin cap, and Senate Democrats failed to reincorporate the measure into the Inflation Reduction Act.
The member of the Senate ruled that a $35 insulin cap violated the rules on the budget deal.
The Senate moved to override the ruling and include the provision in the bill. However, it failed 57-43, falling just three votes short of the number needed to oust the lawmaker.
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), they voted to overturn the Senate’s decision on the insulin cap.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and other Senate Democrats criticized Republicans for failing to include the provision back in the bill.
“Republicans just voted to impose a $35 monthly cap on insulin for Americans with private insurance from our bill. The Republican pledges to lower insulin costs are all empty promises,” Wyden said.
News from the Senate floor: Republicans just voted to impose a $35 monthly out-of-pocket cap on insulin for Americans with private insurance outside of our account. Republican pledges to lower insulin costs are all empty promises.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) August 7, 2022
“Republicans just voted AGAINST the $35/month insulin cap for patients with private insurance, forcing countless patients to continue to take care of their insulin – putting their lives at risk,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA ) on the floor of the Senate. “Everyone should be able to afford the lifesaving medicine they need. This is a shame.”
Ironically for Senate Democrats, this measure would not have been necessary if President Joe Biden had not suspended President Donald Trump’s executive order to lower the price of insulin and epinephrine. Trump’s executive order was to take effect immediately after Biden entered the White House.
Despite Democratic attacks on Trump’s health care agenda, the 45th president also moved to cut red tape at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Specifically, under Trump, prescription drug prices fell overall for the first time in half a century, as Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak documented.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.