U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Guest for State of the Union Address
"I’ve heard from countless Wisconsinites like Diane who can't afford the medicine they have relied on for years."
Diane has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and had been taking the same medication for more than 23 years. The price of her prescription therapy jumped year after year, and her out of pocket costs were threatening to drain her savings. In 2017, knowing she could no longer afford her medication, Diane made the heart-wrenching decision to stop taking it.
“Drug companies received huge corporate tax breaks from President Trump but they continue to stick Americans with skyrocketing prescription drug prices,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’ve heard from countless Wisconsinites like Diane who can’t afford the medicine they have relied on for years. They want Washington to act and it is past time for President Trump to keep his promise to work with Congress on real legislative solutions. We need to help Wisconsin families get the medication they need, at a price they can afford.”
Senator Baldwin has made addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices a top priority. Last month, she joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to reintroduce the Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Act that would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 43 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies and prohibits Medicare from doing so.
Senator Baldwin has also been steadfast in holding pharmaceutical corporations accountable for rising drug costs. Late last year, Baldwin pressed Pfizer to provide an explanation after the pharmaceutical company announced that they intended to increase the costs of 41 prescription drugs starting in January 2019.