Demand a Stronger Drug Costs Bill

The House is expected to take up and pass H.R.3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, within days after returning to session later this month. While this bill is a good step forwards for more affordable drugs, it doesn't go far enough. The bill needs to be amended to:

  1. Increase the number of drugs whose prices are negotiated

  2. Protect patients from high launch prices

  3. Protect patients from price spikes

Action: Call your Congressperson to demand amendments to H.R.3

Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Script (courtesy of Indivisible National):

"Hi! My name is <NAME>, and I’m calling from <PLACE>.

I’m calling to urge <MoC> to support improving H.R. 3 by negotiating more drugs, and protecting patients from high launch prices and price spikes.

H.R. 3 is a good start, but there are key gaps that need to be filled before the House votes on it. Members should support amendments that would increase the number of drugs that are eligible for negotiation and increase the number of drugs that are negotiated each year. They should also improve the bill by protecting all patients from high launch prices and price spikes -- two problems that aren't fixed by negotiating the price of existing drugs alone.

Will <MoC> commit to improving H.R. 3?"

Background:

https://act.indivisible.org/call/improve-hr3/#

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NkhHmupPVkF7a64MMOrN5JPiW1s8bGqwa9A4gePbLV4/edit#

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/politics/pelosi-drug-prices.html

https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/nancy-pelosi-drug-prices-seattle/281-6d972127-9462-4382-8214-d44e9d3f3592

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