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President Biden Places Reducing Prescription Drug Prices as Top Priority to Pass Build Back Better

By January 19, 2022No Comments

In Press Conference, President Biden Cites High Insulin Prices, Overwhelming Popularity of Drug Pricing Reform In Fight to Lower Drug Prices

Washington, DC — Today, in a press conference, President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to bringing down prescription drug prices as lawmakers continue working to pass the Build Back Better Act. The president noted the overwhelming popularity for Build Back Better’s drug pricing measures, saying “the American people overwhelmingly agree with me on prescription drugs.” In response, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement:

“President Biden made clear that whatever the future of the Build Back Better Act entails, it will include provisions to lower prescription drug prices. Americans are sick and tired of making impossible choices between paying for the medications they need to survive and affording essentials like food or rent. The Build Back Better Act will finally meet the demands of the vast majority of Americans and give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices. The president’s commitment to delivering lower costs for the American people is unmatched, and he won’t rest until he gets this done.”  

Navigator Poll Demonstrates The Majority of Americans Continue To Support Build Back Better. Overall, 63 percent of registered voters support the Medicare drug price negotiation provision in Build Back Better, including 87 percent of Democrats, 48 percent of Independents, and 39 percent of Republicans. [Navigator, 1/12/22]

Voters From Across Political Spectrum Strongly Support Health Provisions Of Build Back Better. “Of the 16 provisions listed in the survey, five of the top six priorities for voters were health measures…Biden’s comments on lowering prescription drug costs will resonate with the entire electorate: 7 in 10 voters back the provision, including 4 in 5 Democrats and 3 in 5 Republicans.” [Morning Consult/Politico, 12/8/21]

Navigator Poll Confirms Health Care Remains Most Important Reason to Pass Build Back Better. “Top reasons cited as good reasons to pass the plan are lowering health insurance costs, giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices, expanding Medicare, and raising taxes on the wealthy.” [Navigator Research, 11/11/21]

  • Health Reforms Remain Top Priorities For Passing BBB. 82 percent support lowering health insurance premiums, 80 percent support lowering premiums for individuals purchasing insurance on their own, and 80 percent support allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. [Navigator Research, 11/11/21]