INSULIN LIES: Dems ‘Bold’ Diabetes Initiative Reboots The Trump One THEY Already Scrapped

Written by Wes Walker on April 1, 2022

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The Biden administration is in a shambles, his approval numbers are in freefall and the left are desperate for a win to gain back public support before the November mid-terms.

With so many of their big pushes in the past having failed, they have found a new cause to champion — insulin-dependent diabetics.

In a Machiavellian way, this strategy makes some sense — after all, through COVID, they made sure that gyms, playgrounds, and many of the other places people would go to stay fit were shut down for the pandemic. Predictably, this resulted in people sitting at home and gaining weight. One of their new pieces of legislation centers on bringing down insulin prices.

They must think we have zero recollection of history… including Biden halting the enactment of similar action that had been previously passed under Trump.

Dems are late to the party. Here’s a ClashDaily piece from last December where we point out exactly that. In that article, we gave out the receipts for the following assertion: ‘By the way, Trump had reduced the cost of insulin for Medicare enrollees to $35 per month, but in his knee-jerk opposition to his predecessor, Biden froze the order.’

Here’s a FoxNews story making the same point. You will notice their story was published one day after Joe took office, so you know where his priorities REALLY are:

President Biden has been reversing or pausing some rules put in place under former President Donald Trump this week, including one designed to bring down the price of insulin.

With the actual history now established, what is this ‘bold initiative’ Democrats have been pushing?

The House on Thursday passed a bill capping the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients, part of an election-year push by Democrats for price curbs on prescription drugs at a time of rising inflation.

Experts say the legislation, which passed 232-193, would provide significant relief for privately insured patients with skimpier plans and for Medicare enrollees facing rising out-of-pocket costs for their insulin. Some could save hundreds of dollars annually, and all insured patients would get the benefit of predictable monthly costs for insulin. The bill would not help the uninsured.– CBSNews

This new legislation specifically broadens the plan to include patients on existing insurance. And notice the last phrase in that quote: it will not help the uninsured. Well, that’s an interesting detail for legislation pushed by these woke crusaders.

Thank you ever so much Mrs. ‘we have to pass the bill to know what is in it’.

Have we all failed to learn ANY lessons from the second-order consequences of Obamacare? Since the hilariously-named ‘Affordable Health Care Act’ came into effect, it wasn’t long before a number of regions had 2 (or fewer) private healthcare ‘options’. Unsurprisingly, many rural regions were soon watching their local hospitals close.

Have we done any impact studies on what this will do to either the viability or availability of private insurance plans? Or is this just another small step in the Dems’ long game of forcing us all into single-payer healthcare?

Dems are pushing a plan to benefit ‘all’ insured, without any interest in the insured’s ability to pay. Trump’s plan was specifically addressing the needs of low-income Americans, insured or otherwise — and was extended to another life-saving injectable, epinephrine.

Let’s compare their ‘bold new initiative’ against this July 2020 Press release from the Trump White House:

You will notice Trump also made provisions for the uninsured in his Order.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. Insulin is a critical and life-saving medication that approximately 8 million Americans rely on to manage diabetes. Likewise, injectable epinephrine is a life‑saving medication used to stop severe allergic reactions.

The price of insulin in the United States has risen dramatically over the past decade. The list price for a single vial of insulin today is often more than $250 and most patients use at least two vials per month. As for injectable epinephrine, recent increased competition is helping to drive prices down. Nevertheless, the price for some types of injectable epinephrine remains more than $600 per kit. While Americans with diabetes and severe allergic reactions may have access to affordable insulin and injectable epinephrine through commercial insurance or Federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, many Americans still struggle to purchase these products.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B)(i) and (ii) of the Social Security Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B)(i) and (ii), receive discounted prices through the 340B Prescription Drug Program on prescription drugs. Due to the sharp increases in list prices for many insulins and some types of injectable epinephrine in recent years, many of these products may be subject to the “penny pricing” policy when distributed to FQHCs, meaning FQHCs may purchase the drug at a price of one penny per unit of measure. These steep discounts, however, are not always passed through to low-income Americans at the point of sale. Those with low-incomes can be exposed to high insulin and injectable epinephrine prices, as they often do not benefit from discounts negotiated by insurers or the Federal or State governments.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to enable Americans without access to affordable insulin and injectable epinephrine through commercial insurance or Federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, to purchase these pharmaceuticals from an FQHC at a price that aligns with the cost at which the FQHC acquired the medication.

Sec. 3. Improving the Availability of Insulin and Injectable Epinephrine for the Uninsured. To the extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall take action to ensure future grants available under section 330(e) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 254b(e), are conditioned upon FQHCs’ having established practices to make insulin and injectable epinephrine available at the discounted price paid by the FQHC grantee or sub-grantee under the 340B Prescription Drug Program (plus a minimal administration fee) to individuals with low incomes, as determined by the Secretary, who:

(a) have a high cost sharing requirement for either insulin or injectable epinephrine;

(b) have a high unmet deductible; or

(c) have no health care insurance.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof;

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

For a party that can’t even bear to mention the name of Trump, they sure aren’t shy about taking credit for his ideas.

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