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ICYMI: Amid Impeachment Investigation, Grassley Focused on Capping Prescription Drug Prices

November 13,2019

Amid Impeachment
Investigation, Grassley Focused on Capping Prescription Drug Prices

By James Lynch

Wednesday, November 13,
2019

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley started his
weekly conference call with Iowa reporters with a disclaimer — he’s not glued
to his television monitoring the House impeachment investigation.

“I know everyone in the news media wants to talk
about impeachment, at least that’s the way it is out here in Washington, D.C.,”
he said. “That’s understandable. Impeaching a president is a very serious
matter and Washington is very captivated by it.”

However, the Iowa Republican says that only
underscores his belief that “Washington, D.C. is an island surrounded by
reality.”

“Right now, most Americans aren’t talking about
impeachment. They’re focused on real issues they and their families are
facing,” Grassley said.

So while Grassley’s staff will be following the
public hearings to give him daily updates, the senator said he will be focused
on issues important to the Iowans he meets when he is back in the state every
week.

That includes his plan
to control prescription drug prices. Grassley recently cited a Gallup
poll
that found more than 13 percent of American adults — 34 million people
— said they knew of someone who died because they could not afford medical
treatment and 58 million Americans can’t afford their prescription drugs.

According to Gallup, the percentage of adults who
report not having had enough money in the past 12 months to “pay for needed
medicine or drugs that a doctor prescribed” to them is rising. This percentage
has increased significantly, from 18.9 percent in January 2019 to 22.9 percent
in September.

The increase reflects a marked rise among women
of over 5 percentage points to 27.5 percent, widening the gender gap to over 9
points when compared with the 18.1 percent rate for men.

The Senate is split 53-47 between Republicans and
Democrats, respectively, and Grassley said he has the support of all but two or
three Democrats and “ought to be able to get at least half of the Republicans
to be for it.”



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