Three Democrats Are Holding Drug Pricing Reform Hostage.

Now let’s talk about why.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Photo by Christina Victoria Craft on Unsplash

Recently, it’s been incredibly refreshing to have some positive developments to discuss surrounding the budget bill in particular, and the willingness of progressive lawmakers to hold the line and demand better for their constituents. That said, there’s no denying the a number of Democrats are still working behind the scenes to position themselves against progressive policies. When it comes to negotiating prescription drug costs, three of them joined Republicans to hold the legislation hostage.

David Dayen with The American Prospect took to Twitter to write:

“Three conservative Democrats — Scott Peters, Kathleen Rice, and Kurt Schrader — are holding drug pricing reform hostage in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Here’s polling showing that drug pricing reform has over 90% support in their districts…”

Accompanying the tweet was a link from Data For Progress backing up his claims, where those who clicked it could scan the map for the districts of the three representatives holding up the legislation, and discover the support for drug pricing reform in their districts. According to the map exactly 90 percent of voters in California’s 52nd district — represented by Scott Peters — support prescription drug pricing reform. The same can be said for the voters in New York’s 4th district represented by Kathleen Rice. In Oregon’s 5th represented by Kurt Schrader, the number was 91 percent.

For curiosity’s sake I looked around a bit more. In my own district, New York’s 21st — a now solidly red district that is represented by none other than Elise Stefanik — 92 percent of voters support prescription drug price reform.

Corporate democrats in particular love to discuss the idea of bipartisanship, reaching out to republicans, compromising no matter the cost to the American people. But, if they were really interested in bringing people together, finding common ground where the left and the right could agree, wouldn’t prescription drug pricing reform be one of those areas? Aside from the fact that it was an absolute bare minimum campaign promise that the democratic party made to the American people, doesn’t its overwhelming popularity regardless of political party make it…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx