Trump’s Budget Breaks His Promise To Lower Prescription Drug Prices
February 17, 2020
Trump promised to lower prescription drug costs. Instead, Trump failed to offer any plan to lower prescription drug prices in his budget as costs continue to skyrocket.
Trump’s budget fails to offer an actual plan to lower prescription drug prices that continue to skyrocket.
Modern Healthcare: “Trump budget punts on healthcare reform, drug pricing policy”
GoodRx.com: “So far in 2020: 639 drugs have increased by an average of 6%. 619 brand drugs have increased by an average of 5.2%. 20 generic drugs have increased by an average of 29.4%.”
Americans across the country continue to struggle to get the lifesaving medication they need.
“The fact that I have to worry about if I’m going to get my insulin for next month and if my parents are going to be able to afford it is a huge stressor because it’s life or death for me.” – 19-year-old diabetic
“It is insulin or death. There’s no other treatment for Type 1 [diabetes]. There’s nothing you can do. If it’s $1,000, I’m going to pay $1,000, because I have to. There’s no other choice for me.” – New Hampshire diabetic
“We had to make the decision to pull him off life support. So he died June 15 because he could not afford his insulin.” – Mother of a diabetic
“I feel Big Pharma has been robbing the American people for years, and they continue to increase the cost of prescriptions.” – Minnesota diabetic
“I’m constantly like, ‘Okay, well, I can pay my gas and electric bill a little bit late. Then I can pay the clinic, and I’ll catch up with them later. Then I’ll take some of my meager savings and I’ll put it toward this. Then maybe if I ask my mom for $20, she’ll give it to me. It just always feels like I’m playing catch-up to get there. I’m on a hamster wheel of trying to figure out how to pay this price.’ It just never ends.” – California patient
“Now three months after my infusions, I am symptomatic again. My blood work shows my iron levels are rapidly decreasing and I will need more injections. Unfortunately, that is not an option. We can’t even pay for the infusions that I already had. So future infusions are out of the question.” – Pennsylvania resident