TODAY: WV Advocates Call on Senator Manchin to Do the Right Thing, Pass Build Back Better Act to Lower Drug Costs for West Virginians
***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 11:00 AM ET***
The Build Back Better Act Will Lower Health Care Costs for Millions of People; Joe Manchin Should Help Pass the Legislation Without Delay
Charleston, West Virginia — On Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM, health care and patient advocates will join Protect Our Care West Virginia to discuss the urgent need to pass the Build Back Better Act. After months of negotiation, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) indicated that he now opposes this legislation. If Senator Manchin fails to support Build Back Better, he is fighting against lower drug prices, lower health care costs, and improved care for millions of seniors and working families. Health care is a fundamental part of the Build Back Better agenda, and the plans to reduce costs and expand care are the top issues for voters. It is urgent that Senator Manchin vote to pass this legislation.
Senator Manchin has long said he wants to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices for American families. Now is the time to do it. Build Back Better drives down prescription drug prices, caps insulin costs, lowers health insurance premiums, and expands coverage to millions of Americans. For West Virginians, the Build Back Better Act would mean knowing they will be able to afford the medications they need to stay alive. Joe Manchin cannot turn his back on families who are depending on this relief. The fight isn’t over. President Biden said he is committed to helping Americans with their child care, health care, prescription drug costs, and elder care. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up.
Mindy Salango – Type 1 Diabetic and patient advocate
Dr. Jessica Ice – Executive Director, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare
Stormy Johnson – Mother
Lynette Maselli – Protect Our Care, West Virginia
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHEN: Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET