WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) vowed to work alongside the administration on their new plan from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lower the price of prescription drugs. The plan, outlined today by Sec. Becerra, will lower the price consumers pay for their prescriptions through competition, innovation, and transparency.
“Prescription drug prices are out of control and every family in the Valley feels it.” said Rep. Harder. “Today, I’m vowing to work alongside the folks at HHS and anyone who commits themselves to solving this problem once and for all. No one in our community should have to cut a pill in half to save money or decide between their next dose and their next meal. We have to fix this.”
Right now, families in the Central Valley pay 21 times more for insulin than families living in Australia. Nationwide, Americans spend more than $1,500 per person on prescription drugs and pay far higher per capita than every other comparable country. U.S. prescription drug prices are more than double (2.56 times as high) those in other countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Rep. Harder has published his own study on the price of prescription drugs in the Central Valley and has consistently voted for legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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