#BigPharma is having a nuclear implosion over @RepLloydDoggett's bill, the Medicare Negotiation & Competitive Licensing Act. It has 109 of the 118 needed co-sponsors in the House, and @amyklobuchar & others have a companion bill in the Senate.


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The bill WOULD have had 120 co-sponsors when introduced today, except 11 who were "yes" votes this AM changed to "no" votes this afternoon after #BigPharma held a secret meeting and intimidated our Reps.

We ain't scared, #BigPharma, and we'll make sure our Reps find their spines
This is bold, bicameral, patient-first legislation to address the prescription drug affordability crisis. Patients are burdened by astronomical drug prices—as these same patients’ tax dollars go into protecting these govt-approved, govt-funded monopolies.

Top healthcare concern for Americans is skyrocketing prescription drug prices. The number one measure that Americans support to rein in those costs is Medicare negotiation.

This is the patient-first plan that Americans demand: A bold approach that harnesses the government’s purchasing power and relies on market-driven forces to restrain monopoly pricing. It’s time to use good old US competition to finally end monopoly pricing.

Big Pharma has spent more lobbying the federal government than any other industry, blocking every meaningful effort to rein in soaring Rx prices. In this new Congress, let’s find the strength to overcome one of the most powerful lobbies in America.

It’s long past time to put patients over price-gouging. As ppl ration insulin, suffering when they can't afford meds, #BigPharma keeps raising prices ever-higher. The sky's the limit in what govt-approved monopolies will extract from the sick & dying.

1/3 of the top 12 selling drugs had price spikes of over 100% since 2012:

🔺163% Lyrica
🔺155% Enbrel
🔺114% Humira
🔺144% Lantus

Big Pharma shouldn't be able to gouge Americans w/ outrageous prices for Rx drugs. Time to act to #EndRxMonopolyPrices #ForThePeople.
At least one pharma CEO may think it’s a “moral requirement …to sell the product for the highest price,” but the true moral responsibility is to ensure patients can access the medicines they need. That is why I'm working to #EndRxMonopolyPrices #ForThePeople.
Let’s repeal & replace the current Republican-imposed law to prohibit Medicare negotiation on behalf of patients. #BigPharma spent $100mil to lobby our govt to ban Medicare negotiation, and reaped $50bil from gouging the US taxpayer.

Let’s act NOW to #EndRxMonopolyPrices.
Also, a special shout-out to some of the Reps who have already co-signed this bill.

Thank you for standing up for the American People to #EndRxMonopolyPrices, and faithfully defending our needs with your votes.

Please RT and/or call to thank them, & keep pressure on others!
Thank you, Reps, for co-signing @RepLloydDoggett's bill to #EndRxMonopolyPrices!

RT to show love!

Cisneros (CA) @GilCisnerosCA
Clarke (NY) @RepYvetteClarke
Courtney (CT) @RepJoeCourtney
Espaillat (NY) @RepEspaillat
Evans (PA) @RepDwightEvans
Gonzalez (TX) @RepGonzalez
Thank you, Reps, for co-signing @RepLloydDoggett's bill to #EndRxMonopolyPrices!

RT to show love!

Higgins (NY) @RepBrianHiggins
Horsford (NV) @RepHorsford
Kim (NJ) @AndyKimNJ
Larson (CT) @RepJohnLarson
Richmond (LA) @RepRichmond
Rose (NY) @MaxRose4NY
Thank you, Reps, for co-signing @RepLloydDoggett's bill to #EndRxMonopolyPrices!

RT to show love!

Ruppersberger (MD) @Call_Me_Dutch
Bobby Scott (VA) @BobbyScott
Suozzi (NY) @RepTomSuozzi
Torres (CA) @NormaJTorres
Velazquez (NY) @NydiaVelazquez
A personal thank-you to all who have liked & RT'ed this thread.

#BigPharma is doing everything they can to kill what is one of the most popular pieces of healthcare legislation ever introduced.

We need ALL of you to show @HouseDemocrats & @SenateDems that you want them to FIGHT
Found an awesome resource to make it easier to find & contact your legislators to exert pressure to #EndRxMonopolyPrices. Lists all their social media accounts as well!

Thank you, @mikefarb1 & all the people working to #unhackthevote!

Amazing testimonial. Please add any other stories you see out there to this thread, and don't hesitate to share your own stories with your reps, either via phone or tweet.

Our collective voice has to drown out BigPharma $$'s!

Thank you for protecting the American people, @RepKatiePorter!

Please RT to show her some love!

Thank you, @RepJohnLarson, for representing the needs of the American people and supporting this legislation!


Thank you for supporting, @Call_Me_Dutch, and for doing so early to help give this bill the best start of any healthcare bill introduced. Your support makes a difference, and your early endorsement is evidence of your sincerity.

@HouseDems... we're watching. Delay is telling.
Thank you, @RepLipinski! Your early adoption of this plan bears witness to your sincerity to support the people who support you!

We, the people, notice & appreciate you!


Thank you so much for the RT, @bjcreigh!
Republicans who try to fear-monger by saying that protecting the people is Socialism, make no mistake:

They LOVE corporate socialism.

It's when it benefits the people that they're rabidly against it.

@HouseDemocrats @SenateDems

Use #5CallsDaily to find & call your reps to make sure they're supporting bills to finally allow Medicare to negotiate Rx prices!

Scroll down to 'View all active issues' & then 'Support Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices'

If you have any personal stories about how high drug prices have negatively affected you or a loved one, please use @resistbot to call your Reps & Senators, or type letters directly to them into your DM, and ask them to support bills to allow Medicare to negotiate Rx prices.
Thank you to @repdelgado (D-NY) @RepDarrenSoto (D-FL) for signing on to HR 1046 to give Medicare the same Rx price negotiation power as any other ins. co. so the People are no longer being price-gouged.

You are representing us well

Please RT to show love!

Thank you again to everyone who has RTed any of the #EndRxMonopolyPrices tweets to help raise awareness!

Please comment here if you'd like to be in our RT room, as we need more people amplifying this msg to ensure Reps are aware of the People's consistent focus on this issue.
Plz RT to thank @RepTedLieu @TulsiPress @RepHuffman @RepYvetteClarke & @RepWilson for signing on to HR1046 to end #BigPharma's price-gouging of Medicare drugs.

Thank you for standing up for Americans against the drug companies & protecting pt access!

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