Tell Rep. Kathleen Rice: Fight for New Yorkers, not Big Pharma!

Rep. Kathleen Rice

Rep. Kathleen Rice recently betrayed everyday New Yorkers who can’t afford the medicines they need to stay healthy and alive. She voted against including the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act” (HR 3) in the “Build Back Better” budget bill that Congress is currently developing. The mega-profitable drug corporations are fiercely opposing this bill.

  • HR3 will dramatically lower drug costs for people in the US by directing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices with drug makers. (People in the US are charged up to three times more for our medicines than those in other advanced countries because their governments all negotiate prices and ours doesn’t.)
  • HR3 will use the Medicare savings to add dental, vision, and hearing benefits to Medicare, and to lower the Medicare eligibility age.
  • HR3 will also help to pay for other health care parts of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, like expanding Medicaid to more low-income people, expanding home and community-based long-term care for seniors and people living with disabilities, making Affordable Care Act coverage more affordable to those who have to buy their own insurance, and strengthening the Child Health Insurance Program.

All these ideas are very popular with New Yorkers, so why is Rep. Rice voting against them?

Additional Sponsors

To: Rep. Kathleen Rice
From: [Your Name]

We the undersigned New Yorkers call on Rep. Kathleen Rice to support inclusion of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) in the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill now being crafted in Congress. We call on Rep. Rice to stand up against Big Pharma’s profiteering and for everyday people, to lower prescription drug prices in the United States to make them comparable to rates in other advanced nations.