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Wisconsin Democrats push Lower Drug Costs Now Act

MADISON (WKOW) - Wisconsin Democrats are calling on Republicans to act on a federal bill they say would help lower the costs of prescription drugs.

The Lower Drug Costs Now Act was introduced by late Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.

House Democrats have scheduled a vote on the bill this week.

If passed, the proposal could empower the government to directly negotiate drug prices for more than 200 of the highest price drugs, including insulin.

"There are some seniors - they're making the choice. They're cutting their medication in half or they're going to have to skip this bill to make sure they can pay for their meds the next month and that's not fair to the people who built this state," said State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has emphasized that lowering drug prices is important to his administration, but he recently said the bill would hinder innovation too much.

Dani Smith

News Producer

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