Press Release

“The Best is Yet to Come”: Senator Welch, Reps. Pallone and Scott Join Protect Our Care to Discuss President Biden’s State of the Union Address 

Mar 11, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) joined U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.-06) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.-03) and Protect Our Care for a virtual event celebrating the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic health care accomplishments, including taking on Big Pharma and lowering drug costs, as well as the President’s State of the Union address, which was delivered on Thursday.  

“President Biden was clear last week: We should strive for an America where people don’t have to choose between putting food on the table or paying for their medical care and the prescription drugs they need. And we’ve seen real progress already,” said Senator Peter Welch (D-VT). “The prescription drug price negotiation we’ve been working on for years is finally the law of the land–thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. Over 3,000 Medicare enrollees in Vermont who need insulin are saving hundreds of dollars under the IRA, and 19,000 Vermonters take one of the drugs selected in the first cycle of negotiations. The IRA‘s drug pricing fight will finally put people over profits and make a big difference in the lives of so many Americans.” 

The Biden-Harris Administration has expanded access to affordable coverage, driving down prescription drug costs, strengthening Medicaid for moms and kids, and reducing inequities in care. This year, a record 21.3 million people signed up for coverage through a plan on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, seniors are saving on insulin and vaccine costs, and Medicare is negotiating for lower prescription drug prices for some of the costliest drugs on the market. 

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“Last week, President Biden released a bold plan to build on Democrats’ health care victories,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “President Biden is sending the message that health care remains a top priority heading into the November election. Poll after poll shows addressing health care costs are a top issue for voters of all parties. We commend leaders like Representatives Pallone and Scott along with Senator Welch for leading the charge to deliver meaningful relief to millions of seniors and families, and for continuing to fight so everyone can afford the health care they need.”