Nurse turned congresswoman Rep. Lauren Underwood talks health care, drug prices

Nurse turned congresswoman Rep. Lauren Underwood talks health care, drug prices


>>GOOD MORNING I’M EV EVELYN. I’M GLAD YOU CAME OUT THIS MORNING. IT’S CHILLY OUTSIDE. THE CAUSE TODAY IS AMAZING. WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT RISING COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT IS AFFECTING ALL OF US IN THIS STATE. WE ARE REALLY HONORED TODAY TO BE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOW THIS FOR THIS SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSWOMAN LAUREN UNDER– UNDERWOOD.>>I’M SO DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TODAY. THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT TO DISCUSS THE TOPIC. HIGH HEALTHCARE COSTS WHETHER IT’S HIGH PREMIUM PRICES OUTRAGEOUS DEDUCTIBLES, OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES. OR SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS. WE HEAR THOSE STORIES EVERYDAY. THEY ARE CALLING OUR OFFICE. THEY ARE SENDING US E-MAILS. THEY STOP ME IN THE GROCERY STORE. THEY’RE LIKE WE NEED HELP. I HEAR SO MANY STORIES THAT INSULIN PRICES HAVE COME OUT OF REACH. SO MANY PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD THE LIFE SAVING MEDICATION. WE HEARD ABOUT BRAND NAME LIFESAVING DRUGS THAT’S LIKE CURE FOR FOLKS. THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE OUT OF POCKET COPAYMENT OR CAN’T MEET THEIR DEDUCTIBLE. THAT AFFORDABILITY IS BECOMING A BARRIER. AS A RESULT, WE INTRODUCED A 5-POINT TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRAISES. ALLOWING MEDICARE TO NEGOTIATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES. THAT WILL BE HUGE. LEVERAGING THAT BUYING POWER TO FIND THE BEST RATE FOR ALL AMERICANS. SECOND THING FOR FOLKS ON MEDICARE TO HAVE A CAP ON OUT OF POCKET COST IN TERMS OF THEIR COPAYMENTS. WE’VE HEARD FROM LOT OF SENIORS WHO TAKE 10 DRUGS A MONTH AND THEY MIGHT HAVE A COPAYMENT, $50 PER MEDICATION. THAT’S $500 A YEAR. THAT’S OUT OF REACH FOR LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT OUR BILL DOES, IT AS A $2000 CAP ON COPAYS FOR FOLKS ON MEDICARE THAT PART D PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT. SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS. WE KNOW THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE WITH EPIPEN WHERE THE MANUFACTURE JACKS UP THE PRICE. IT’S NOT AS A RESULT OF ANY TYPE OF SHORTAGE. THERE’S NO LOGICAL REASON FOR THAT TYPE OF PRICE INCREASE. IF A MANUFACTURE OR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COMPANY DOES THAT, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO PAY A FEE BACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A DISINCENTIVE FOR THOSE WITH PRICE GOUGING. IT’S SO BIG IN SO COMMON PLACES. FOUR IS ABOUT CHRONIC CONDITIONS. I INTRODUCED A BILL, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CHRONIC CONDITIONS LIKE ASTHMA, DIABETES, DEPRESSION SO THEY CAN GET THEIR INSULIN WITHOUT COPAYMENT. THAT WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS. IF YOU ELIMINATED THAT BARRIER WHICH CAN BE THOSE VERY COSTLY OUT OF POCKET COSTS. FINALLY WE KNOW UNITED STATES LEADS THE WORLD IN TERMS OF BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION. OUR COMPANIES ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DEVELOPING THESE CURES AND AGENCIES ARE MAKING THOSE EARLY STAGE INVESTMENTS IN THE BASIC SCIENCE AND RESEARCH THAT LEADS TO THOSE CRITICAL, MEDICAL CURES. WE HAVE A NEW BILL, THE AMERICAN CURES ACT, FIVE YEARS OF SUSTAINED FUNDING. SO THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO BACKSLIDE JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SAVE CONSUMER SOME MONEY. WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND THOSE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AND CURE. REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT FIVE POINT PLAN. I KNOW YOU ALL BRING YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM HERE TODAY. THAT ONLY ENRICHES A POLICY MAKING. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.>>OKAY, THANK YOU. LET’S GET STARTED WITH THE QUESTIONS FOR CONGRESSWOMAN UNDERWOOD. KATE, YOU WANT TO START FIRST?>>HI, MY NAME IS KATE. I’M ACTUALLY FROM LAKE IN THE HILLS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND VOLUNTEERING TO HEAR US OUT. EACH ONE OF US HAS A STORY FROM ONE OF OUR FRIENDS AS WELL. WE’RE REPRESENTING MORE THAN OURSELVES. I’LL GIVE YOU MY STORY. I’M A SINGLE MOM. AFTER MY DIVORCE, I HAD NO INSURANCE BASICALLY. I WAS GIVEN THE OPTION TO GO ON COBRA WHICH WAS OUTLANDISHLY EXPENSIVE. WHAT I ENDED UP DOING WAS OPTING OUT. I AM STILL WITHOUT INSURANCE. BECAUSE OF THAT, MILL HEALTHCARE HAS GONE DOWN. I DON’T GO FOR MY YEARLY. I DON’T DO ANY OF THAT. IF THERE’S SOMETHING HAPPENING I GO IN AND I PAY CASH. PART OF WHAT’S GOING ON AND MY CONCERN IS VOLATILE SITUATION OF OUR HEALTHCARE. I DON’T KNOW IF SOMETHING IS GOING TO BE BECOME PREEXISTING CONDITION. IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, I DON’T WANT TO GET THINGS CHECKED OUT IN CASE IT BECOMES SOMETHING LATER ON THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED PREEXISTING BECAUSE I HAVE NO INSURANCE. WHICH ALSO MEANT THAT SOME OF MY PRESCRIPTIONS RAN OUT. BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY TO GO TO ONE OF MY DOCTORS, MY GYN, FOR ME TO GO IN FOR A VISIT FOR A YEARLY VISIT, THEY WANTED TO PUT UP, I BELIEVE IT WAS 4 TO $500 PAID IN ADVANCE BASED ON MY LAST VISIT. IN ORDER TO COME IN BEFORE I CAN SET ONE FOOT IN THE DOOR. I LET THOSE PRESCRIPTIONS SLIDE. EVERYTHING SEEMED OKAY. IN THE SUMMER I WAS RIDING MY BIKE AND CRASHED. I MIGHT HAVE GONE TO THE DOCTOR IF I KNEW THAT I HAD INSURANCE. BUT INSTEAD, I JUST TOOK CARE OF MYSELF AND THOUGHT, WELL, IF IT GETS REALLY BAD, I’LL GO AND GET THINGS TAKEN CARE OF. I GUESS MY COMMENT IS, THERE’S LOT OF US, SINGLE MOMS, SINGLE DADS, PEOPLE WHO ARE NEWLY DIVORCED AND TERRIFIED OF THE COST BECAUSE IT DOESN’T END WITH ME. MY KIDS EVEN THOUGH MY HUSBAND, EX-HUSBAND PAYS FOR THEIR INSURANCE, THE DEDUCTIBLE IS SO HIGH THAT WHEN I TOOK MY DAUGHTER, SHE HAD A SORE THROAT, I ACTUALLY SHOPPED AROUND BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AFTER HOURS, I KNEW ONE FACILITY WAS UNDER THE BLANKET OF A HOSPITAL AND WOULD CHARGE ME $135 FOR A FACILITY FEE. THAT THEY OVERCHARGED THE LAST — THIS WAS YEARS AGO — $120 FOR A STREP TEST. WHILE I’M TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF MY DAUGHTER, MY MIND IS ON OKAY, THIS VISIT IS GOING TO COST $300 TO 4 HOW LONG DOLLARS IF I GO HERE. IF I GO TO — I HAVE TO FIGURE THINGS OUT. EVEN WITH THE FLU SHOT, I WENT TO THE PLACE WHERE MY DAUGHTER GOT THE SORE THROAT AND IT WAS GOING TO BE $50 FOR A FLU HOT. I KNOW OTHER AREAS HAVE DIFFERENT PROMOTIONS. I WAITED. ENDED UP GOING TO MY DOCTOR AND SAID, YOU KNOW, I NEED THESE PRESCRIPTIONS. I CAN PAY OUT OF POCKET. I NEED A FLU SHOT. HOW MUCH DO YOU GUYS CHARGE. THEY WERE KIND ENOUGH TO JUST GIVE ME THE FLU SHOT. THEY DIDN’T CHARGE ME. IT’S INTERESTING TO ME THAT THESE — I DON’T KNOW, THESE COSTS FEEL VERY UNNECESSARY. THAT THE INFLATION UNDER SAY THE HOSPITAL, THE BLANKET UMBRELLA, WHATEVER THEY CALL IT, THE COST IS RIDICULOUS. THEY’RE MAKING LOT MORE MONEY OFF ME. I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REST OF THE $135. IF MY DEDUCTIBLE, WHICH IT IS $5000, YOU GET THE IDEA. MY HEALTHCARE WENT FROM NOT HAVING INSURANCE AND NOT BEING ABLE IT GET MY PRESCRIPTIONS WHICH I GO THROUGH COUPON. I USE AN APP THAT’S REALLY HELPFUL SO I CAN SHOP MEDICATIONS AT DIFFERENT PLACES. IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF WORK JUST TO STAY HEALTHY AND TO GET ANY CARE. THAT’S MY STORY. THAT’S MY CONCERN. THEN, IT’S NOT COVERED. THAT’S MY STORY.>>WELL, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT STORY WITH US. THANK YOU FOR BEING SO DEDICATED TO BEING WILLING TO SHOP AROUND TO FIND BETTER CARE NOT ONLY YOURSELF BUT FOR YOUR CHILDREN. WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN A COMMUNITY WHERE THERE ARE OPTIONS. IT’S HARD TO IDENTIFY WHERE YOU CAN GET A GOOD DEAL, WHERE YOU CAN GET THE CARE YOU NEED AT THE TIME LINE WHERE YOU NEED IT. MY COMMITMENT HAS BEEN TO TRY TO LOWER THE HEALTHCARE COST AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY GETS COVERED. WE SHOULDN’T HAVE FOLKS LIKE YOU WHO IN CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BE ABLE TO GET THE HEALTHCARE THAT YOU NEED. YOU CAN LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE WITH YOUR CHILDREN EVERYDAY. FEW THOUGHTS FOR YOU. WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BEING UNDER THREAT. WE HEAR THESE CHALLENGES, COURT CASE THAT’S LOOMING. THAT’S THE LAW OF THE LAND. IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT YOU WOULD DELAY GOING TO GET CARE FOR FEAR GETTING LABELED WITH PREEXISTING CONDITION. I HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION. BUT THE LAW OF THE LAND TODAY IS THAT YOU CANNOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR HAVING PREEXISTING CONDITION. YOU CANNOT BE DENIED COVERAGE. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE JUNK INSURANCE PLANS THAT WERE BANNED. WE HAVE THESE REALLY ROBUST PROTECTIONS IN PLACE. IF YOU HAVE AILMENT AND INFECTION AND AN ILLNESS AND YOU THINK YOU NEED CARE, PLEASE GET IT. YOUR KIDS ARE COUNTING ON YOU AND COMMUNITY IS COUNTING ON YOU. WE HAVE THOSE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE BY LAW. WE IN THE HOUSE MAJORITY, WE’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT EVERYDAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PROTECTIONS ARE MADE IN PLACE. WE’RE THE ONLY ONES A THE FEDERAL LEVEL FIGHTING IN COURT FOR THESE PROTECTIONS THAT YOU AND I RELY ON TO GET THE HEALTHCARE WE NEED. I INTRODUCED A BILL CALLED HEALTHCARE AFFORDABILITY ACT, NO AMERICAN WILL PAY NO MORE THAN 8.5% ON HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS. IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR FOLKS SHOPPING ON THE MARKETPLACE THAT DON’T QUALIFY FOR PREMIUM ASSISTANCE IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO BE PAYING 20% OR 25% ON THEIR ANNUAL INCOME ON A PREMIUM. THAT IS NOT AFFORDABLE. THINK ABOUT FOLKS WHO HAVE MORTGAGE AND RENT AND ALL OTHER BILLS. A QUARTER GOING TO MEDICAL PREMIUMS. THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS. TO SEE THAT SAVINGS WILL OPEN UP COVERAGE TO FOLKS LIKE YOU. SO MANY OTHERS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY. TENS OF DOLLARS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE NE NEWLY INSURED. WHEN I I THINK THE WAY THAT WE USE OUR HEALTHCARE DOLLARS, AS A NATION, WE NEED TO BE DOING SO IN A WAY THAT EXPANDS COVERAGE AND IMPROVES QUALITY OF CARE. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO GET THAT BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I’M SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU’RE WILLING TO SHARE YOUR STORY TODAY AND OBVIOUSLY, IF OUR OFFICE CAN BE HELPFUL IN BRAINSTORMING ADDITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOU TO GET YOU CONNECTED WITH CARE AND COVERAGE, WE WANT TO DO THAT. I WILL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH YOU.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. JOHN, I THINK YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CONGRESSWOMAN.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH LAUREN. THANK YOU FOR BEING VISIBLE IN THE COMMUNITY. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT AS A REPRESENTATIVE, YOU REPRESENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’M FROM LAKEWOOD, ILLINOIS, JUST DOWN THE STREET SO TO SPEAK. I DON’T HAVE AFFORDABILITY ISSUE LIKE KATE DOES. I’M NOT SAYING I DO. I CAN AFFORD MEDICATION. I’M ON MEDICARE. WE DEFINITELY RUN INTO FRUSTRATING ROADBLOCKS TRYING TO GET COVERAGE ON SOME OF HER MEDICATIONS. THEY HAVE BECOME MAINTENANCE MEDICATIONS SINCE SHE’S HAD MENOPAUSE. THEY HAVE BEEN COVERED FIVE YEARS AGO. PAID OUT OF POCKET AND JUST HAVE BEEN ON IT. THREE YEARS AGO, ALL OF A SUDDEN, PULLED IT OFF THE FORMULA AND BRAND NAME THEY HAD WASN’T COVERED. WE’LL PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE GENERIC. WE JUST HAVE TO TRY IT. IF IT DOESN’T WORK, WE’LL GO BACK. WE TRIED TWO GENERICS. BOTH OF THEM HAD ILL-EFFECTS FOR HER. SIDE EFFECTS THAT WERE DISCOMFORTING. SOMEHOW IT WAS THE SAME MEDICATION. WENT BACK, TRIED TO GET THE DOCTOR TO GET A PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. THE INSURANCE COMPANY COVERED IT FOR ONE TIME. THAT WAS IT. FOR ONE QUARTER, IT WAS COVERED. NOW, NOT COVERED. PAYING OUT OF POCK FOR — POCKET $500 EVERY TIME WE GO. IT’S THE CHEAPEST BECAUSE IT’S OUT OF POCKET. WE’RE IN APPEAL PROCESS NOW. COSTCO SAID TRY AN APPEAL. WALK THROUGH THE PROCESS. WE WORKED THE APPEAL DENIED, NOT IN THE FORMULARY. CAN YOU TRY TO GET A LETTER OUT, ETCETERA. WE’RE TRYING, WE’LL TRY AGAIN. SOUNDS LIKE IT’S BEEN DENIED. THERE’S ROLLING THROUGH SOMETHING THAT WAS COVERED, NOW NOT COVERED IN FACT, WE CAN’T USE THE SUBSTITUTE GENERIC. IN THIS INSTANCE, IT’S NOT WORKING. THAT TO ME JUST JUSTICE FAIRNESS ISSUE. WE TRIED GENERIC. WHEN THEY ARE NOT TOLERABLE, THE OTHER BRAND NAMES SHOULD BE COVERED. CAN WE TRUST THE DOCTOR TO MAKE THAT CALL? I LOOK AT THEM JUST AS AN EXAMPLE. YOU CAN HAVE THIS COVERAGE ISSUE AND SO HAPPENS, IT’S IN FORMULA ONE YEAR AND OUT FOR THE NEXT. IT’S RANDOM WHO MAKES THE CALL. IT’S A FRUSTRATING PROCESS. I FEEL LIKE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DRAG YOU ON TO TRY TO HOPE YOU JUST DROP THE APPEAL AND YOU’RE OUT OF POCKET SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY. THIS PARTICULAR MEDICATION PROBABLY GOING ON FOR YEARS.>>IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE, MY FIRST THOUGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER IS TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR OTHER OPTIONS. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT NOW. IF THERE’S BEEN A CHANGE, LIKE YOU DESCRIBED IN THE TYPE OF MEDICATION THAT’S COVERED OR PROVIDER SHIFTS OR WHATEVER OR CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTHCARE STATUS. YOU MIGHT NEED DIFFERENT TYPE OF CARE THAN YOU MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE, IT’S A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A LOOK. WE’VE BEEN HELPING A BUNCH OF FAMILIES AROUND OUR COMMUNITY, LOOK THROUGH THEIR OPTIONS AND PICK A CHOICE THAT’S BEST FOR THEM. WE DO KNOW THERE’S CHOICE IN THAT PART D PROGRAM. THERE’S CHOICE AMONG THE SUPPLEMENTAL PLANS, THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN. WE’D BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU AND YOUR WIFE TO SEE IF THERE’S ANOTHER OPTION THAT DOES COVER THAT VERY NECESSARY MEDICATION THAT SHE RELIES ON. MORE BROADLY THE CHALLENGES, YOU THROWS YOU IN A TAILSPIN. UNEXPECTED MEDICAL COST. THERE’S SO MANY FAMILIES THAT UNEXPECTED BILL WENT INTO COMPLETE FINANCIAL RUIN. WHILE YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PIVOT AND ABSORB THOSE COSTS, YOU ARE CERTAINLY VERY FLUENT WITH OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THESE APPEALS AND ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELVES. IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS TOUGH. I HEAR YOU, SIR. LET’S KEEP WORKING TOGETHER FOR A SOLUTION. THANK YOU.>>NEXT PERSON WITH QUESTION IS STEVE.>>I’M STEVE NEWTON FROM CRYSTAL LAKE. I WILL SPEAK ABOUT MY WIFE’S EXPERIENCE. SHE’S HAD COUPLE OF CONDITIONS THAT REQUIRE HER TO TAKE SEVERAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. THE OVERALL COST IS SUBSTANTIAL. WE ARE BOTH ON MEDICARE. VERY GLAD OF THAT. EACH YEAR, LITTLE EARLIER, EACH YEAR SHE FALLS IN THE NOTORIOUS DONUT HOLE AND HAVE TO PAY THE WHOLE COST OF THE NECESSARY MEDICINES. I DID NOT COME WITH A PREPARED QUESTION.>>YES, SIR. I THINK THE SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVED FOR EVERYBODY. HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BILL THAT YOU’RE PROMOTING NOW.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE OUT OF POCKET COSTS ARE NOT HARMING FAMILIES LIKE YOURS. WHETHER AGAIN, IT’S RELATED TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, PART D PROGRAM OR JUST THE COPAYS. WE KNOW THAT THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PAY THOSE BILLS, THEY HAVE A CHOICE. I HEARD FROM FAMILIES IN THE WINTER WHEN IT’S COLD LIKE THIS, DO I PAY MY HEAT OR DO I GET HEALTHCARE. AM I GOING TO FILL THAT PRESCRIPTION THIS MONTH, AM I GOING TO SEE MY DOCTOR. FAMILIES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO MAKE THAT TYPE OF DECISION. THESE ARE TWO CRITICAL EXPENSES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A HEALTHY LIFE. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING HERE FOR SHARING YOUR FAMILY STORY. WE’RE CONTINUING TO FIGHT FOR SOLUTIONS TO BRING DOWN THESE HEALTHCARE COSTS.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU STEVE. DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION?>>THANK YOU FOR COMING TO HEAR US OUT CONGRESSWOMAN. IT’S VERY KIND OF YOU TO COME AND LISTEN TO US. I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT GENETIC DRUGS. SOME OF THEM ARE BEING IMPORTED FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. THEY HAD PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THAT. I TOOK ONE OF THE DRUGS THAT IS MANUFACTURED IN INDIA. GOD KNOWS WHAT IS INSIDE THOSE MEDICATIONS. I ASKED THE PHARMACIST THAT THIS DRUG IS NOT WORKING FOR ME BECAUSE I JUST CHANGED IT. SHE SAID, I KNOW IT’S THE SAME DRUG, THERE SHOULDN’T BE PROBLEM WITH THE DRUG. IT IS THE SAME AS THE BRAND NAME. I SAID OKAY, I TRIED IT AND IT DIDN’T WORK. MY DOCTOR DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I ASKED THEM WAS THIS DRUG COMING FROM? IS IT MANUFACTURED IN THIS COUNTRY OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. THEY SAY NO IT’S COMING FROM INDIA. GOD KNOWS WHAT’S IN THE MEDICATION. THE PHARMACIST, NO, IT IS BEING CHECKED. I DON’T THINK THEY CHECK EACH AND EVERY CAPSULE THAT COMES IN THIS COUNTRY FROM OUTSIDE THIS COUNTRY. AS JOHN SAID, THEY DON’T WORK. IT DOESN’T WORK. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING TO MAKE SURE THESE DRUGS ARE SAFE AND THEY ARE EFFECTIVE.>>ARE YOU ON MEDICARE?>>NO.>>OKAY, SO PRIVATE COVERAGE. WE HAVE THE FDA, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WHO IS IN CHARGE OF ROBUST TESTING MAKING SURE PHARMACEUTICALS ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. THERE’S A PROCESS THAT CONSUMERS CAN RAISE COMPLAINTS AND CHALLENGE THAT PROCESS IF YOU LIKE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH OUR OFFICE, WE’RE HAPPY TO WALK YOU THROUGH THAT. THE LOWEST COST OPTION IS NOT SATISFACTORY FOR YOU. LIKE I SHARED WITH THIS GENTLEMAN, WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OBAMACARE PLAN. THERE COULD BE A CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE THAT EQUIVALENT, THE GENERIC EQUIVALENT OR DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE COVERED UNDER A DIFFERENT PLAN. WHILE WE ARE IN THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE LATE FALL AS IT GETS IN WINTER, THIS IS THE TIME TO BE MAKING THOSE DETERMINATIONS FOR 2020.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. ARE THERE OTHERS WHO LIKE TO SHARE PERSONAL STORIES? SALLY.>>I LIVE IN CRYSTAL LAKE. I’M ON MEDICARE. I ALSO HAVE A STORY LIKE JOHN’S WHICH IS FAMILIAR. I HAD ALREADY TRIED THE GENERIC FORM AND IT MADE ME DIZZY. TAKE IT THREE TIMES A DAY. I WOULD BE LIKE NOT BEING ABLE TO DRIVE ANYWHERE. MY DOCTOR WENT TO BAT FOR ME, LIKE YOU’VE MENTIONED ALSO, JOHN. SENT A LETTER. NOW I HAVE FOR A LIMITED TIME AND ONLY IT’S UP IN DECEMBER, HAVE ANOTHER MEDICATION WHICH DOES WORK FOR ME VERY WELL. I’M WAITING TO — I HAD AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LADY TO TALK ABOUT CHANGING MY PLAN BECAUSE I PAY $315 A MONTH TO HAVE THE PLAN THAT I HAVE. IT’S BEEN GREAT. IT COVERS EVERYTHING PRETTY MUCH WITH EXCEPTION TO — WELL IT COVERS THAT ONE TOO. I ALSO TAKE AN EYE DROP THAT’S PRESCRIPTION. THERE’S NO GENERIC. IT’S $700 EVERY THREE MONTHS. WHAT I DO IS, I MILK IT ALONG. I’M SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT AT NIGHT AND IN THE MORNING. MY DOCTOR, MY EYE DOCTOR GAVE ME A STAND TO USE IT. I MAY CHANGE MY PLAN. I’M LOOKING AT IT. I HATE TO GIVE UP MY PLAN. IT COVERS EVERYTHING ALMOST. I HATE TO GET A BILL. I’M HOPING I CAN FIND A PLAN THAT WILL COVER THE EYE PRESCRIPTION. I KIND OF DOUBT IT THOUGH. WE’LL SEE.>>WHO HERE HAD TO CUT A PILL IN HALF TO MAKE IT STRETCH? SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING ON BECAUSE IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE. WE HAVE PEOPLE TAPING THEIR INSULIN THEMSELVES. WE HAVE FOLKS WHO ARE DOING WHAT YOU GOING TRYING TO MAKE IT STRETCH TO BE MORE AFFORDABLE. IT’S DANGEROUS. YOU PRESCRIBED THAT MEDICATION MOST LIKELY THAT YOU NEED IT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD THOSE MEDICATIONS AND TAKE THEM AS PRESCRIBED. AGAIN, THAT’S WHY WE CAME UP WITH THIS CHRONIC CONDITION COPAY ELIMINATION ACT. I HEARD STORIES FROM RESIDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT WHO WOULD SHARE EVERY YEAR BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH, THEY STARTED CUTTING THEIR PILLS, TAPERING THEIR INSULIN AND MAKE THEIR MEDICATION STRETCH. WITH THAT DEDUCTIBLE RESET. THEY WERE ON THE HOOK FOR 100% OF THEIR MEDICAL COST OUT OF POCKET. IT WASN’T AFFORDABLE FOR THEM. EVERY YEAR, YOU KNOW WHAT STARTED TO HAPPEN LATER IN THE YEAR, THEY STARTED TO HAVE ADVERSE HEALTH EVENTS. THEIR HEALTH STATUS START TO DETERIORATE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T BEEN TAKING THEIR MEDICATION. WE DON’T WANT FOLKS TO BE IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE. I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU’RE MAKING THAT CHOICE. THE HIGH OUT OF POCKET COST IS SOMETHING THAT’S JUST LITTLE BIT OUT OF REACH. WE’RE WORKING HARD TO TRY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOLUTIONS THAT YOU WON’T BE PUT IN THAT TOUGH POSITION. YOUR BODY WOULDN’T FEEL THE IMPACTS OF NOT HAVING THAT MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED.>>THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING.>>THANK YOU.>>THIS IS NOT CLOSURE FOR THIS CONVERSATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPEN-DOOR FOR US TO CONTACT WITH YOU THE NEEDS. I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THAT ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE THAT’S HERE THIS MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>IT’S BEEN FUN. HERE’S WHAT WE FOUND OUT. YOU ALL HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND THAT IF YOU DON’T RAISE THEM TO US, WE CAN’T START TO PROBLEM SOLVE. WE GET LOT OF IDEAS BASED ON THE LETTERS WE RECEIVE FROM CONSTITUENTS, THE STORIES THAT WE HEAR, WHAT THEY SHARED AT TOWNHALLS. WE’RE AND TO ACT ON THEM. WE WRITE AMENDMENTS. I FIND THAT BY DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION IS ESSENTIAL TO DOING THIS JOB.>>YOU GUYS, I WILL KEEP YOU CHALLENGES TO MAKE THE CONTACT. DON’T LET THIS LAG. THE DOOR HAS BEEN OPEN. LET’S WALK THROUGH IT.>>YOU CAN CONTACT MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE. WHETHER YOU WANT TO CALL US IN D.C. OR REACH OUT TO US OR WEST CHICAGO. THEY ARE STAFFED EVERYDAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK. EAGER TO HEAR FROM YOU.>>CONGRESSWOMAN I WANTED TO KNOW, WHAT DOES FDA DO ABOUT THESE DRUGS IMPORTED FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES? THIS IS THE CONVERSATION I HAD WITH THE PHARMACIST, FDA DOES NOT EXAMINE EACH AND EVERY PILL THAT IS IMPORTED INTO THIS COUNTRY. I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING. THIS DRUG WAS NOT EFFECTIVE. I WENT TO THE PHARMACY, WALGREENS THEY HAD IT FROM A DIFFERENT MANUFACTURE WHICH WAS MANUFACTURED HERE, SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK. I TOOK THAT DRUG AND IT WAS DIFFERENT. IT WAS EFFECTIVE. MY QUESTION IS, HOW DOES FDA KEEP TRACK OF EACH AND EVERY PILL THAT IS IMPORTED INTO THIS COUNTRY?>>WE KNOW THERE ARE LOGS. THAT’S WHY I WAS SAYING, SIR. YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT, OUR OFFICE WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU IF YOU NEED HELP FILING THAT COMPLAINT TO THE FDA WHETHER IT’S ABOUT SAFETY OR EFFICACY. THEY CAN DO AN INVESTIGATION AND SHARE THAT INFORMATION. MORE BROADLY, WE’RE SITTING HERE BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING THE CARE THAT YOU NEED. WHICH SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED A DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVE FROM THAT MEDICATION. I THINK THAT THE LEGISLATION THAT WE’VE OUTLINED TODAY COULD HELP OPEN UP A PATHWAY FOR THAT BRAND-NAME DRUG TO BE MORE AFFORDABLE OR DIFFERENT GENERIC DRUG.>>THANK YOU.>>ARE THERE OTHERS?>>HI LAUREN. I’M FROM CRYSTAL LAKE. I WORK IN THE DENTAL FIELD. I WAS WONDERING IF THERE’S EVER BEEN ANY TALK OF ADDING THE DENTAL INTO YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE AS WE ALL KNOW YOUR DENTAL IS VERY IMPORTANT TO YOUR OVERALL HEALTH. THE DEFINITELY TOOL INSURANCE I WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY FOR 28 YEARS. IT NEVER REALLY CHANGED. PRICES GO UP, THE INSURANCE DOESN’T. I WAS WONDERING IF THERE’S BEEN ANY TALK OF ADDING DENTAL AND VISION INTO THE MEDICAL INSURANCE THAT WE HAVE?>>FOR FOLKS WITH PRIVATE INSURANCE, DEPENDING ON THE PLAN THAT YOU HAVE, SOME CIRCUMSTANCES, THAT DENTAL COVERAGE IS THAT FIRST PAYER FOR FOLKS WHEN YOU GO GAIN GET A CLEANING, THEY’RE ASKING FOR THAT MEDICAL CA — CARD AND DENL CARD. SOME FOLKS DO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT. WE KNOW THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT DISPARITIES. THAT’S WHAT MAKES RIGHT NOW SO IMPORTANT. IT WAS OPEN ENROLLMENT. WITH THAT OPEN ENROLLMENT, IF YOU HAVE A GREAT MEDICAL PLAN BUT LACK DENTAL OPTION, YOU CAN LOG ON TO HEALTHCARE.GOV AND FIND AN AFFORDABLE DENTAL ONLY OPTION. THAT PEOPLE CAN SIGN UP FOR THAT PLAN AND PAY WHATEVER IT IS. IT’S PROBABLY PRETTY REASONABLE. DENTAL COVERAGE IS A PRETTY REASONABLE IN TERMS OF PREMIUMS. MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE THAN MEDICAL COVERAGE TENDS TO BE. THEY’RE NOT GOING WITHOUT THAT NECESSARY CARE. WE SEE THAT WHEN PEOPLE LAPSE, THEIR DENTAL COVERAGE, THEIR HEALTH STATUS CAN DECREASE. IT CAN DECREASE PRETTY QUICKLY IF THEY ARE COMPROMISED OR HAVE OTHER MORBIDITIES. ACROSS THE BOARD, NO. I DON’T KNOW — I HAVEN’T HEARD ANY KIND OF SOLUTION THAT WOULD MANDATE FULL DENTAL COVERAGE AS A PART OF MEDICAL COVERAGE. I DO KNOW THERE’S FLEXIBILITY FOR PLANS TO BE ABLE TO COVER THOSE TYPES OF PREVENTIVE CLEANINGS, DENTAL TREATMENTS. CERTAINLY FOR FOLKS WITHOUT CARE THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TIME THAT IN NOW. WHICH IS TO LOOK AT THEIR OPTIONS FOR AFFORDABLE DENTAL AND VISION COVERAGE ON THE MARKETPLACE. HEALTHCARE.GOV OR GET COVERED IL. THERE’S RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE.>>THANK YOU.>>HI LAUREN THANKS FOR BEING HERE. I’M PAM SHERMAN. I RETIRED FROM CORPORATE LIFE EARLY SO I CAN BE WITH MY HUSBAND. MY COBRA PLACEMENT WAS OVER $3000 A MONTH. I DECLINED COBRA. WHEN I TRIED TO GET HEALTHCARE COVERAGE ON THE MARKETPLACE BECAUSE THERE ARE SUCH LIMITED PROVIDERS, I THINK ONLY ONE IN THIS COUNTY. THE PREMIUM WAS MORE THAN MY MORTGAGE PAYMENT. I HAVE NOT HAD A CLAIM — I DON’T KNOW THE LAST TIME I’VE BEEN SICK. I HAD NO CLAIMS FOR TWO YEARS ONLY PREVENTIVE AND WELLNESS BEFORE THAT. A PLACEMENT MORE THAN — A PAYMENT MORE THAN MY MORTGAGE. LIKE KATY, I STOPPED TAKING MEDICATION AND GETTING CARE FOR MY VISION AND CHOLESTEROL BECAUSE I WAS GENUINELY AFRAID OF HAVING A RECORD OF PREEXISTING CONDITION. I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT’S THE LAW THAT THAT CAN’T BE USED AGAINST ME NOW. WHEN WE COME UP TO ELECTION YEAR, IT’S GOING TO BE DEBATED AGAIN. ONCE YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR FILE, IT’S IN YOUR FILE. WHAT I FUNDAMENTALLY WONDER IS FOR PEOPLE LIKE KATY AND HER DAUGHTER AND ME, CAN THE WHOLE SYSTEM BE INCENTIVIZED AROUND OUTCOMES INSTEAD OF A FEE FOR SERVICE WHEN WE’RE SICK? CAN THE SYSTEM BE REDESIGNED SO IT IS PAID TO KEEP US HEALTHY INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL WE GET SICK AND THEN DOING EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSIVE MEASURES TO TREAT US.>>YES, ABSOLUTELY. I WANT TO REITERATE THIS. I HEAR THE UNCERTAINTY. WILL THE ACA GO AWAY? WILL I BE LEFT OUT OF THE ABILITY TO GET COVERAGE IF POLITICAL WINDS GO A DIFFERENT WAY. WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU IS THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS THE LAW. IT’S BEEN THE LAW SINCE MARCH 23, 2010. WE ARE COMING UP ON A DECADE OF THESE PROTECTIONS THAT ARE CRITICAL. WHILE SO MANY OF US ARE HOLDING OUR BREATH WE KNOW THAT LAW IS AT RISK EVERYDAY. WE HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE PROTECTIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE GETTING THE CARE WHILE WE CAN. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE LETTING YOURSELF DOWN, NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE HEALTHCARE THAT’S BEING POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE TO YOU. SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE ON. DECADES TO COME. PUTTING YOURSELF AT RISK FOR HEALTH STATUS CHANGE WHERE YOU GET SICK BECAUSE OF FEAR OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR COVERAGE. THIS CRITICAL PROTECTION IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE MAJOR PEOPLE WANT TO ENSURE THAT FOLKS WITH PREEXISTING CONDITION CAN CONTINUE TO GET COVERAGE. I BELIEVE THAT EVEN IN THE MOST HORRIFIC OUTCOME, WHICH WOULD BE THE OVERTURNOF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN THAT TEXAS VERSUS U.S. CASE, THAT THE CONGRESS WOULD NEED TO STEP UP AND FIND A SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN CAN STILL GET ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY COVERAGE. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THE LAW WILL BE UPHELD. WE HAVE SEEN THREATS BEFORE. IT IS POPULAR AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PEOPLE NEED HEALTHCARE COVERAGE. LET’S NOT DENY OURSELVES THE CARE THAT WE NEED NOW FOR FEAR WHAT MIGHT COME. THAT’S NUMBER ONE. I THINK NUMBER TWO, WITH RESPECT TO PREVENTIVE COVERAGE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR FOLKS WITH PRIVATE INSURANCE, MEDICARE, ON MEDICAID, THERE’S A SUITE OF PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES THAT ARE OFFERED TO PEOPLE WITHOUT COPAYMENT, WITHOUT COST SHARING, WITHOUT ANY OUT OF POCKET FEE. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS, SCREENINGS, THESE REALLY CRITICAL INTERVENTIONS THAT CAN SAVE LIVES BECAUSE OF EARLY DETECTION OR PREVENTION. THAT IS A WONDERFUL INCENTIVE. WHAT HAVE WE SEEN. PEOPLE WHO NEVER OTHERWISE GO IN AND SEE A PROVIDER OR GOING IN JUST FOR THAT PREVENTIVE CARE, PEOPLE WHO WOULD NEVER OTHERWISE GO AND SEE A PROVIDER ARE SAYING, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT’S TIME FOR THAT FLU SHOT. I SHOULD GO IN. THAT’S WONDERFUL. I SEE THAT AS SYSTEM WORKING. ONE OF THE THINGS I MAKE SURE ALL AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO THAT KIND OF INCENTIVE. ONE GROUP THAT WE KNOW DOES NOW ARE VETERANS. SOME VETERANS HAVE A DISINCENTIVE THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO GET THOSE PREVENTIVE SERVICES OUT OF COPAYMENT. WORKING WITH SENATOR DUCKWORTH, WE’RE WORKING TO FIX IT. WE’RE ENCOURAGED BY OUR PROSPECTS IN DOING SO THIS YEAR AND NEXT IN THE HOUSE. I AGREE. WE NEED TO LEAN INTO PREVENTION AND MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE NOT CREATING A SYSTEM WHERE FOLKS ARE ONLY GETTING REWARDED AFTER GETTING A DIAGNOSIS. EVERY PROVIDER SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING THEIR PATIENTS TO GO AND IMMUNIZATIONS ON SCHEDULE. AS WE AGE WE’RE GET COLONOSCOPI.>>WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PREEXISTING CONDITION, I’M KIM. THANKS FOR COMING TODAY. THE PREMIUM. THEY HAVE TO INSURE ME IF I HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION. KY BE PENALIZED IN THE PREMIUM?>>YOU CANNOT BE CHARGED MORE OR DIFFERENTLY. ONLY CRITERIA THEY’RE ABLE TO ASK IN TERMS OF SETTING PREMIUM IS WHERE YOU LIVE. WE KNOW THAT INSURANCE IS BASED ON GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY OF SMOKING.>>HISTORY OF SMOKING?>>HISTORY OF TOBACCO USE IS A PREDICTOR FOR CERTAIN HEALTH @ST.>>EVERY YEAR, I CONSISTENTLY LOOK AT HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS AND COSTS. OUT OF MY PRICE RANGE. CAN’T DO IT.>>OBAMACARE?>>EVEN OBAMACARE. I’M FORTUNATE, I DON’T HAVE CHRONIC ILLNESS. I TAKE GOOD CARE OF MYSELF. I PRETTY MUCH GONE SINCE 2013 WITHOUT INSURANCE. WHEN I ADD IT ALL UP AND WHEN I WAS ON IT, THERE WAS ALWAYS A NUMBER OF REASONS WHEN WHATEVERS HAVING DONE WOULD NOT GO AGAINST MY DEDUCTIBLE. I’M PAYING THE PREMIUMS BUT I’M NOT GAINING ANY GROUND BY PAYING MY OWN MEDICAL BILL. IT BECAME A MATTER OF FINANCES. I’M JUST LIKE ABSOLUTELY DOESN’T MAKE SENSE FOR ME. I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ASSETS THAT THEY CAN DESTROY MY LIFE IF SOMETHING AWFUL HAPPEN. I LOOK AT HEALTHCARE LIKE ASSET PROTECTION. IT SHOULDN’T BE THAT WAY. IT’S SO COMPLICATED. WE’RE LISTENING TO ALL THESE PEOPLE AND ALL THEY’RE GOING THROUGH AND ALL THE HOOPS THEY’RE JUMPING THROUGH. IT SEEMS FAR TOO COMPLICATED. TO SAY I’M SICK OR I NEED A MEDICATION. THAT’S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE.>>WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. WE DON’T WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS AFTERNOON. WE DON’T KNOW HOW OUR LIFE CAN CHANGE WITH YOU CAN GET THE HEALTHCARE SERVICES. WHAT WE DON’T TO HAVE HAPPEN IS TO RETURN THESE DAYS OF MEDICAL BANKRUPTCIES WHICH WERE SO COMMON BECAUSE OF CATASTROPHIC EVENTS. WHILE I HEAR YOU THAT — WE SEE THE VALUE FOR THAT PREMIUM DOLLAR. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO HAVE A FINANCIAL FUTURE IN GOOD STANDING IN THE EVENT THAT SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS.>>IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE WE ARE IN THAT BANKRUPTCY MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY ERA AGAIN. I THINK THAT’S SUCH A SHAME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DID WAY BACK WHEN, IT SEEM TO NOT BE AS COMPLICATED AS EXPENSIVE. I FEEL LIKE A LOT OF THE INFORMATION WE GET, THE LOT OF PRODUCTS WE’RE SOLD ARE NOT HEALTHY FOR US. WE’RE MAKING OURSELVES SICKER. IT SEEMS LIKE WE’RE IN A BAD SPIRAL HERE.>>WE WOULD INVITE YOU TO BE IN TOUCH WITH OUR OFFICE IF YOU WANT HELP LOOKING THROUGH YOUR OPTIONS. THERE MIGHT BE A NEW PLAN OFFERED THAT’S IN YOUR PRICE RANGE AND COVERS WHAT YOU NEED TO COVER. OR OBVIOUSLY WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE HEALTHCARE AFFORDABILITY ACT WHICH WILL LOWER OUT OF POCKET PREMIUM COST. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS SPRINGS DRUG PLAN, IT’S GOING TO SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO MUCH MONEY. SAVE OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM SO MUCH FUN. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE SAVINGS ARE PUT INTO OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO LOWER OUT OF POCKET COST FOR ALL AMERICANS. THAT’S WHY I’M FIGHTING FOR THE HEALTHCARE AFFORDABILITY ACT TO BE INCLUDED WITH THIS LARGER PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL. SO WE CAN LOWER THE OUT OF POCKET COST FOR ALL AMERICANS.>>WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT THAT YOU PUT IN. THE ENTHUSIASM YOU HAVE FOR IT. IT’S IMPORTANT.>>WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING IT STORIES TODAY. WE HAVE LOT OF MARGIN TO TAKE BACK. I KNOW THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ONGOING CONVERSATION AS WE WORK THE PATH LOWER DRUG COST ACT, HR3 WHICH IS THE ONE THAT WILL ALLOW OUT OF POCKET CAP ON MEDICARE COPAYMENT. ALLOW FOR THE MEDICARE PRICE NEGOTIATION. WE’LL CONTINUE TO PUSH FORWARD ON THE HEALTHCARE AFFORDABILITY ACT SO NO AMERICAN WILL PAY 8.5% OF THEIR INCOME ON PREMIUMS. WE’LL GET THAT COPAY ELIMINATION ACT ACROSS FINISH LINE. SO ANY OUT OF POCKET CO COSTS IS NOT A DETERRENT FROM FILLING THOSE NEED OF PRESCRIPTIONS TO MANAGE THAT CHRONIC DISEASE. MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN PASS THE MAJOR CARE ACT. UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WORLD IN INNOVATION AND FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT DO SO MUCH IN THE ADVANCE DRUG DEVELOMENT. HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED, RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO THE LEAD FORWARD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR VULNERABILITY AND SHARING YOUR PERSONAL STORIES. JUST KNOWING THAT YOU ARE LEADING — LEAVING DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU CAME. YOU HAVE RESOURCE OF INFORMATION IN THE CONGRESSWOMAN’S OFFICE. UTILIZE IT. REALLY UTILIZE IT. IT’S THERE FOR YOU. I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN ALSO FOR JUST BEING HERE AND ALLOW US TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BEFORE AND TO KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE. THIS IS A GROUP RIGHT. WE CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THIS EFFORT. I WANT SHARE MY GRATITUDE FOR NOW THIS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HOST CONGRESSWOMAN UNDERWOOD AND JUST KNOW THAT WE HAVE HELP OUT THERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU EVELYN. THANKS EVERYBODY.>>THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

3 thoughts on “Nurse turned congresswoman Rep. Lauren Underwood talks health care, drug prices

  1. Just wait till big pharma stops mass production and Sheeple can’t get all the nice meds out there, gonna be interesting.

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