Marcy Kaptur has long been a forceful critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement because of unfair policies that have hurt American workers. President Trump campaigned on the issue, promising to be an advocate for fair trade. Two years, disastrous trade wars, and a renegotiated NAFTA 2.0 deal later, we now know that he has broken those promises.
President Trump’s USMCA would grant Big Pharma companies a 10-year monopoly over a class of drug known as biologics, medicines which are made from living cells. Biologics are some of the most expensive drugs today, with prices ranging from $20,000 to $850,000 per drug patient. These are drugs used by chronically ill patients, including those battling cancer. Once locked in, the international trade agreement would leave congress unable to change these terrible policies, leaving patients on the hook to pay even more for these life-saving drugs.
As Congresswoman Kaptur warns, “Two-thirds of drugs prescribed under Medicare Part B are biologics. The extension of Big Pharma’s power under NAFTA 2.0 will delay the market entry of generic and biosimilar drugs into the market, creating a minimum 10-year monopoly for Big Pharma.”
Congresswoman Kaptur urges the Trump Administration to reopen the negotiations to avoid another windfall for the big pharmaceutical companies.
Earlier this month the United States House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s bill, the Veterans’-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act of 2019, to address a shortage of medical staff caring for our veterans.
The shortage of Veterans Health Administration physicians and medical professionals has been a major problem for medical centers across the country, and no one deserves adequate treatment and medical care more than Americans who have selflessly served our nation. This bill would direct the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to create a three year pilot program in at least five VA medical centers for pre-med students to gain clinical observation experience, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the specific needs and experiences of working with veterans.
Congresswoman Kaptur worked to pass this bill in bipartisan fashion. The Dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation said “This legislation is a win-win. I thank our veterans’ service organizations, including the American Legion and Paralyzed Veterans of America, for supporting this legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to advance this Act to the President’s desk without delay.”
The Affordable Care Act has been a life-saving force for good in American life. 30 million Americans have become insured thanks to the law, and Ohioans can no longer be discriminated against because of pre-existing health conditions. No one believes that the fight for universal, quality, affordable health insurance is over, but the ACA has been successful even in the face of constant partisan attacks from the Republican Party.
Well, President Trump is at it again. His Justice Department has announced that they will no longer defend the law from legal challenges from extreme Republican politicians.
Marcy Kaptur believes that we should be looking for ways to expand access to healthcare instead of appealing to un-elected judges to take it away from people. This isn’t the first time President Trump has tried to sweep the rug out on hard-working Ohioans, and it won’t be the last.
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