September 17, 2019
Dear Mr. Reinke,
Thank you for contacting my office regarding prescription drug prices. As your representative in Congress, it is important that I hear your opinions and concerns. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me, and I am pleased to respond to you on this matter.
I strongly believe in making prescription drugs more affordable. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, on average three times more for generic drugs than in other similar countries. Vital medication, such as Insulin, costs thousands of dollars a year forcing many Americans to choose between their medication and groceries. I fear that prescription drug prices will continue to be an undue burden for many Americans unless Congress takes action.
I am determined to take action and fight for answers regarding lower prescription drug prices. On March 8th, 2019, I introduced H.R. 1643, the PrEP Assistance Program Act, which establishes a federal program that provides grants for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication. This bill serves as an example for how Congress can make life-saving medication affordable and accessible to all Americans. In addition, I am proud to cosponsor H.R. 1868, the Health Care Affordability Act of 2019, which amends the tax code to improve affordability and reduce your premium costs.
You may be interested to know more about the steps that my colleagues in Congress and I are taking to address high prescription drug prices. On May 16th, 2019, I voted for H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which passed by a vote of 234-183. This bill would ban stalling tactics and pay-for-delay practices by brand name pharmaceutical companies that limit your access to cheap generic drugs. This bill would also establish health insurance exchanges that ensure you will have access to more information about the benefits you are entitled to under your health plan.
In the 116th Congress, we have the opportunity to pass legislation in the House that will benefit our country, so I encourage you to continue to express your concerns and opinions with me and my office. I value your input and participation in our democratic process. You can learn more about my activities in Congress by visiting my website at http://www.watsoncoleman.house.gov, contacting my office at 202-225-5801, and following me on social media. Again, thank you for expressing your thoughts to me.
Bonnie Watson Coleman
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I said do nothing but make the FDA an advisory body. And she sends me this!
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