Trump’s MAGA Veepstakes: VP Contenders Opposed Lowering Insulin Costs for America’s Seniors

In response to Donald Trump trying to take credit for President Biden’s actions to lower insulin costs through the Inflation Reduction Act that Trump’s VP contenders voted against, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Check the record: Just like Donald Trump himself, all of his VP contenders in Congress opposed President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and its provisions to cap the cost of insulin for seniors. These MAGA veepstakes contestants have stood by Trump as he rails against lowering prescription drug prices, pushes to rip away health care access, and puts Big Pharma ahead of hardworking Americans. The American people aren’t buying Trump’s attempts to spin his failed record, and will reject the extreme, unpopular, and expensive agenda he and his MAGA allies are hellbent on campaigning on.”

Donald Trump is trying to take credit for President Biden’s actions to lower the cost of insulin for America’s seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act, which numerous Trump VP contenders railed against and he promised to repeal if he returns to office.

CNBC: “Trump claims credit for Biden’s insulin price cap”

“Under the Inflation Reduction Act, Biden issued a host of provisions aimed at bringing down the price of medicine for seniors, including capping the price of insulin at $35 per month for Medicare recipients. The president has continued to push for a more universal insulin cap that would cover younger people as well.”

New York Times: “The Inflation Reduction Act, the 2022 legislation that contains the insulin measure, originally capped the price of insulin for everyone with health insurance. But Republican holdouts in the Senate demanded that it only apply to older adults.”

Voting against in the Senate: Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty, Joni Ernst, and Mike Lee.

Voting against in the House: Byron Donalds and Elise Stefanik.

Doug Burgum on whether he would push to repeal the IRA: “Yeah.”

Trump’s VP shortlist includes MAGA extremists who have yearslong records of supporting Trump’s push to take away health care access from millions of Americans and railing against the Affordable Care Act. “In late 2017, Burgum and 19 other Republican governors wrote a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to repeal the ACA.”

New York Times: J.D. Vance claimed the Affordable Care Act “failed to take care of” high healthcare costs.

New York Times: Tim Scott voted for all three major Republican-led proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

CBS News: “Rubio Prepared To Shut Down Gov’t And Default On Debt Over Obamacare”

Press-Republican: “[Stefanik] said she is in favor of repealing ‘Obamacare’ … ‘It’s an overreach of government, and it is costing businesses too much,’ she said.”

Byron Donalds: “The Affordable Care Act is a ruse by the federal government to seize control over the health care and insurance industry.”

Associated Press: “Tom Cotton said he supported Senate leaders’ backup plan that calls for immediately repealing major parts of the health care law without an immediate replacement.”

Washington Times: “Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing to happen to the U.S. since slavery”

WNAX: “SD Congresswoman Kristi Noem Supports Obamacare Repeal”

Vivek Ramaswamy: “I think Obamacare has been a disaster.”

Texas Monthly: “[Wesley Hunt] calls for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”

Instead of working to lower costs for hardworking Americans, Trump’s VP contenders want to help him once again rig the economy for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations.

Tim Scott: “We make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax cuts permanent.”

Doug Burgum: “I believe in these economic policies, I believe the tax bill is a great thing.”

Marco Rubio: “Overall, the Republican tax-cut bill has been good for Americans. That is why I voted for it.”

Tom Cotton: “Trump’s tax cuts helped deliver the strongest economy in recent history.”

CNBC: “Ben Carson leads prayer for tax cuts at Trump Cabinet meeting”

KOTA: “Republicans are calling President Trump’s tax plan the biggest tax overhaul in history. … Representative Kris[ti] Noem was a big part in pushing this bill.”

Fox Business: “Trump’s tax policies have worked out for all of America: Rep. Byron Donalds

Vivek Ramaswamy on a suggestion to make permanent or expand the Trump tax cuts: “I’d go a little further, Larry, than that, to be honest with you.”

Alabama Political Reporter: “Katie Britt on Monday released a memo with her policy positions … [including] a bill to make permanent the individual tax cuts and extend the expanded standard deduction contained in President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. … a pro-growth tax reform bill reducing business tax rates, repealing the Death Tax, and making the expensing of capital assets permanent. … a bill to repeal the state and local tax deduction.”

Wesley Hunt: “I supported the 2017 Tax Reform bill.”