The Democrats plan to challenge the parliamentarian on the insulin cap

Written by Javed Iqbal

Senate Democrats say they plan to challenge a ruling by the lawmaker striking down a proposal sponsored by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) to cap insulin prices from the Inflation Reduction Act, according to a Democrat familiar with the plan.

Right now, Warnock’s proposal to cap insulin costs at $35 a month is in the bill, but the MP is expected to rule in the Senate that it does not comply with the Byrd rule, which prohibits policymaking in the budget. ballot bills that have a tangential impact on spending and revenue.

But Democrats plan to challenge the lawmaker’s decision on the floor, meaning they would need 60 votes to drop an objection to keeping the insulin provision in the bill.

Any attempt to unseat the lawmaker likely won’t get 10 Republican votes, but it would put Republicans on record against a $35 monthly cap on patients’ insulin costs, which Democrats can use as political ammunition in the midterm elections.

“I think it’s hard for elected officials to go home, as everyone is going now, and try to explain, if they choose to vote that way, why they don’t support getting help to millions of Americans who are crushed by these insulin bills ,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said ahead of the floor showdown.

Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine said it was “unfortunate” that Democrats turned the issue into a political football.

Collins has sponsored a bipartisan bill with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) to lower insulin costs.

Their bill would encourage insulin manufacturers to reduce their list prices and limit out-of-pocket costs for patients with diabetes by ensuring that group and individual health plans on the market waive deductibles and cost-sharing for no more than $35 a month, according to a summary. provided by their offices.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it was included” in the reconciliation package, Collins said of the insulin proposal expected to be defeated on the floor Saturday.

Mychael Schnell contributed.

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