House Democrats have ramped up their push to cap co-pays at 25 dollars per month for insulin, asthma inhalers and EpiPens, plus limit costs of medical supplies such as glucose monitors and insulin pumps for those with diabetes. Richfield Representative Michael Howard points to a report just out:
“More than one thousand Minnesotans, which is more than double the previous year, accessed the Affordable Insulin Program — which is saving lives — but shows us just how hard families are still struggling with the cost of prescription drugs,” he says.
As Democrats and Republicans wrangle over how to use the state’s record budget surplus, Howard says “millionaires don’t need a tax cut and big pharma doesn’t need another break.”
Republicans say the state has a record surplus because Minnesota government overcollected from all taxpayers and everyone deserves a permanent tax cut.