***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT 5:00 PM EDT // 2:00 PM MST***

TODAY: Will Humble and State Rep. Cesar Chavez Join Protect Our Care Arizona to Urge Senator Sinema to Do the Right Thing and Bring Down Drug Prices for Arizonans

9 Out Of 10 Arizona Voters Support Allowing Medicare To Negotiate; Nearly 8 Out of 10 Think Drug Prices Are Unreasonable

(Phoenix, AZ) — On Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:00 PM ET // 2:00 PM MT, Will Humble of the Arizona Public Health Association and State Representative Cesar Chavez (D-AZ-29) will join local advocates and Protect Our Care Arizona for a virtual press conference to call on U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) to stand up to Big Pharma and bring relief to Arizona’s seniors and families who struggle to afford their medications. This week, Senator Sinema indicated she may not support giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices in upcoming budget legislation, but she has a chance to do the right thing when the final bill goes to the Senate floor.

These actions come as Congress is closing in on a budget agreement that will transform the lives of American families nationwide. President Biden and Democrats are leading the charge to include Medicare negotiation and other key health care priorities in the Build Back Better package, but the fight is not over: Big Pharma is ramping up its lobbying and scare tactics to protect its profits and lie to the American people. This event will make clear that Senator Sinema must not cower to the demands of drug companies and deliver on her promises to her constituents and all Americans. 

PRESS CALL:
WHO:
Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association
State Representative Cesar Chavez
Iesha Meza, Arizona Type 1 Diabetic
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference to Call On Sen. Sinema Do the Right Thing and Bring Down Drug Prices for Arizonans
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22nd at 2:00 PM MST // 5:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Register for the Event Here

This event comes on the heels of a mobile billboard outside Senator Sinema’s district office, as well as a new polling project showing the overwhelming, bipartisan support for this reform across Arizona. With this project and interactive map, Senator Sinema and her constituents can now find the level of backing for Medicare negotiation, opinions about pharmaceutical companies, concerns about Congress failing to act, and belief in pharma’s top arguments. The project was conducted by Data for Progress on behalf of Protect Our Care and Patients For Affordable Drugs Now.