Tears at the State Capitol as a group of mostly Democratic lawmakers heard from Minnesotans affected by the high cost of insulin. “My son would still be alive today, if his treatment was affordable,” said James Holt Junior, whose 25-year-old son died because he had to ration insulin. Nicole Smith-Holt says to get health insurance it would have cost her son $450 a month with a $7600 deductible. She says, “I can imagine how scary it was for Alec to leave that pharmacy without his life-saving insulin, and he left that day because he did not have the 13-hundred dollars that the pharmacist was charging him for insulin and supplies.”
Senate Democrats are pressuring Republicans to pass a bill as soon as possible in the 2019 session. GOP leaders are not immediately available to comment.