Tell Congress: No one should pay more than $35 for insulin
Americans pay the highest prices for insulin in the world. In Canada, a vial costs $12. In the United Kingdom, it’s $7.25. But in the United States, one unit of insulin costs $98.70! This is outrageous!
7 million people in this country need insulin every day to survive, but 1 in 4 of them have to ration their medicine because it’s too expensive. Rep. Cori Bush explains this crisis in More Perfect Union’s report:
In his State of the Union address, President Biden used insulin as the key example in the first plank of his plan to fight inflation by taking on corporate greed.
As he said in his speech
First -- cut the cost of prescription drugs. Just look at insulin. One in ten Americans has diabetes. In Virginia, I met a 13-year-old boy named Joshua Davis. He and his Dad both have Type 1 diabetes, which means they need insulin every day. Insulin costs about $10 a vial to make. But drug companies charge families like Joshua and his Dad up to 30 times more.
I spoke with Joshua’s mom. Imagine what it’s like to look at your child who needs insulin and have no idea how you’re going to pay for it. What it does to your dignity, your ability to look your child in the eye, to be the parent you expect to be. Joshua is here with us tonight. Yesterday was his birthday. Happy birthday, buddy.
For Joshua, and for the 200,000 other young people with Type 1 diabetes, let’s cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month so everyone can afford it.
Sign now: President Biden is right!