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Mucarsel-Powell Votes to Strengthen Health Care and Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Washington, May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), chair of the Hispanic Caucus’ Women’s Task Force, voted to pass H.R.987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people: lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This bill is a critical component of the For The People agenda.

“Across South Florida, I hear the same thing: health care costs and prescription drug prices are too high, and my constituents want Congress to act,”said Mucarsel-Powell. “Americans pay higher costs for prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. We hear stories of people rationing insulin, or unable to afford epi-pens, families having to choose between grocery shopping and buying medicine for their kids. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office agrees that these bills will result in lower prices for prescription drugs. I am proud to continue fighting to lower health care costs, fight against junk health care plans that do not provide adequate coverage, and strengthen the Affordable Care Act. The Senate must do the right thing and swiftly pass this legislation, so Americans can keep more of their paychecks. Fixing America’s broken and expensive health care system is too important to not be a priority for every elected leader.”

This bipartisan omnibus bill includes three bills to lower prescription drug costs by helping lower-priced generic drugs get to market faster and four measures to reinforce the protections for people with pre-existing conditions and expand enrollment in quality, affordable coverage to more Americans. This bipartisan package invests most of the savings created by the bills promoting generic competition into strengthening our health care system by increasing enrollment in quality coverage and helping interested states set up their own state-based marketplaces, which result in higher enrollment and lower costs for enrollees.