ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 9, 2021 – The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine (CASM), a broad coalition of leading conservative and free-market groups including the American Conservative Union, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, Citizens Against Government Waste, American Commitment, and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, issued the following statement on the White House’s blueprint proposing new government price controls:
The government “negotiating” drug prices while threatening innovators with crushing taxes is simply price-setting by another name and puts the United States one step closer to socialized medicine.
This price-setting plan will significantly restrict access for tens of millions of Americans and will make American patients more dependent on foreign countries for critically-needed medicines. It will also hinder massive advancements in innovation – the innovation that brought us the vaccines that will help end the pandemic and which will deliver the new, cutting-edge treatments and cures of tomorrow—a grim fact confirmed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. To add insult to injury, so-called “savings” would fund the far-left’s big-government utopian agenda.
Lawmakers must stand up against this dangerous proposal. America’s patients deserve better.