Congressman Harley Rouda (D-CA-48), along with Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08), Jared Golden (D-ME-02), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) sent congressional leadership a bipartisan proposal to lower prescription drug costs. The letter, sent to both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, outlines a common-sense strategy utilizing provisions from previously passed House and Senate legislation.

“Compromise in Washington could save American seniors over $20 billion in out-of-pocket prescription drug costs,” said Rouda. “Congressional leaders must find common ground and immediately pass common-sense solutions to lower astronomical drug costs. I joined Representatives Golden, Gallagher, and Fitzpatrick to put American families ahead of my political party — all leaders should join our bipartisan fight to lower drug costs.”

“Our constituents should not be forced to choose between managing their blood sugar and heating their home; between paying their hospital bill and paying their rent; or between treating their cancer and stocking their pantry,” the members wrote. “The status quo is a danger to public health, so it is time to ensure that Americans can afford their medications.”

Rouda and his colleagues identify five areas in the letter that form a compromise between the previous House and Senate legislation to address drug costs, including:

Increasing the availability of generic prescriptions;
Capping out-of-pocket expenses;
Standardizing Medicare Part D metrics;
Improving transparency on the consumer’s behalf; and
Requiring justifications for price spikes.

The full letter is available HERE.