House Passes Bill Capping Insulin Costs at $35 a Month

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    The Facts

    • On Thurs., the House passed a bill capping the cost of insulin to $35 per month for most Americans who use it.

    • Nearly 30M Americans currently live with diabetes, a condition treated with the drug.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This will ensure that Americans are never denied access to the life-saving medication because of economic inequality. Prices of insulin are massively inflated for consumers and complaints about price-fixing only play into the hands of Big Pharma.

    Right narrative

    Although this may seem compassionate, it doesn't address the core issue and instead simply shifts the cost to health insurers and employers, inevitably leading to higher premiums. It also risks increasing the price of other drugs because the legislation fails to reform the rebate system.

    Political split



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