Biden stresses drug prices as he tries to relaunch the agenda

President Joe Biden is trying to revive progress on his stalled national agenda by refocusing attention on one of his most popular proposals, limiting the cost of prescription drugs

Biden is traveling to Culpeper, Va., on Thursday, where White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president would draw attention to the “unacceptable” cost of the drugs.

“We must act to end the abuse of American families,” she said.

“He can’t wait to get out there and hit the road for Democrats fighting for an agenda for the American people,” Psaki said Wednesday.

Spanberger is one of many Democrats who have sounded the alarm about the lack of voter support. She suggested in a November interview with The New York Times that Biden had overshot his plans for new government programs that echoed President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression-era agenda.

“Nobody elected him to be FDR; they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos,” she said.

However, prescription drugs remain a politically safe focal point for Biden’s visit.

“I’m grateful for the administration’s attention to this issue — but more than that, I’m looking forward to hearing the president’s strategy on how we can sign a transformative drug-focused bill into law. ‘prescription,” Spanberger said in a statement during Biden’s trip. announcement.

Efforts to cut prescription drug costs have long been popular with voters, but bipartisan consensus has proven elusive. It’s unclear if there is a political path for Biden’s plans in Congress.

His proposals include capping drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000 a year and insulin at $35 a month. In addition, Medicare would be allowed to negotiate prices for a limited number of prescription drugs, and drugmakers would be required to pay rebates if they increase costs faster than inflation.

“It’s safe to say we can all agree that prescription drugs are outrageously expensive in this country,” Biden said Dec. 6.

The provisions are part of Biden’s broad national agenda, known as “Building Back Better.” However, the legislation stalled due to resistance from moderate Sens Democrats. Joe Manchin, DW.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

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