The rising cost of insulin is creating a health crisis in the United States. Over the past 10 years the costs of different forms of the drug have tripled in price. Many of the people struggling to pay for the drug looked to their local lawmakers to step in.
Congress attempted to try and create for relief for consumers with the bipartisan Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drugs Costs Now Act which was voted on in December. The votes against the bill mainly came from the Republican side of the aisle. Now a number of those GOP lawmakers who voted against the bill are criticizing the price of the drug.
The act passed through the House and is not waiting to be taken up by the Senate.
Meanwhile, some Republicans who voted against the bi-partisan bill have created one of their own. Pennsylvania congressman Scott Perry wrote on Thursday, “The price of insulin has increased 600% in the last two decades – endangering patients whose access to the drug literally is life or death. The MAGIC Act creates a permanent pathway for the quick approval of affordable generic insulin.”
The co-sponsor of the bill is also a Pennsylvania Republican, Mike Kelly. Kelly wrote on January 27th, “Americans with diabetes are paying too much for insulin because no affordable generic alternative to brand insulin is available to them. We must eliminate legal and regulatory barriers to its production!”
Americans who suffer from the disease and need the medication are lying in wait for the prices to be lowered.