Republicans have successfully removed the proposed $35 per month limit on out-of-pocket insulin spending for patients enrolled in private insurance from the tax and climate bill.
The Senate congressman has ruled that the provision, sponsored by Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, is largely unrelated to the federal budget. That provided an opportunity for the GOP to raise a procedural objection.
Abandon the rules that require 60 votes to succeed. Seven Republicans have sided with Democrats to keep insulin limits on the bill, but that hasn’t been enough. Democrats plan to use the GOP move to strip insulin limits during the fall midterm campaigns.
Many in the GOP support an amendment from Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana to instead provide government funding to subsidize insulin purchases for low-income individuals.
Democrats immediately attacked Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Marco Rubio of Florida, who are up for re-election, for their votes to remove the $35 insulin limit from the tax bill.
“Republicans just set a record in favor of expensive insulin,” said Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. “After years of heated discussion about taking on insulin manufacturers, Republicans have been resisting the withering of the heat from Big Pharma.”
Democrats who voted to uphold the provision were Senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, John Kennedy, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. Voting 57-43 did not have the necessary 60 votes.
Bills withheld $35 per month for Medicare out-of-pocket insulin copays even after GOP successfully removed the limit on private insurance.
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