#TakeAction – April 26, 2019
Happy Friday! Let’s #TakeAction for Friday, April 26th, 2019!
🔶 Support additional revenue sources in Washington’s budget
🔶 Ask Rep. Schrier to Cosponsor the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act
🔶 Fight All Forms of Family Separation
1. (ACTION) Call both your WA Representatives and your WA Senator; ask them to ensure the state’s basic needs are funded and that new revenue is generated through a fairer tax package.
- Background: Some legislators still believe that new revenue sources are not needed, but they are badly needed. Increased revenues are needed to continue the work to address Education funding, to address the mental health lawsuit and for new needs, such as homelessness programs. The new revenue sources we’re asking for will make the most difference on both sides of the budget ledger. They will make the tax structure less regressive and more fair; and they will allow resources for programs that would otherwise not be funded. There is opposition from special interests to all of these proposed changes to the tax structure, which is why we need to push hard and let our legislators know how important they are.
- League of Women Voters: http://participate.lwv.org/…/dia/action4/common/public/…
- League of Women Voters: https://leagueofwomenvotersofwashington.wildapricot.org/…
2. (ACTION) Call Rep. Schrier and urge her to cosponsor H.R.1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act. This bill lifts the restrictions that currently prevent Medicare from negotiating with drug companies, but just as importantly it would give Medicare the leverage it needs to negotiate effectively without putting patients at risk.
- Background: This bill lifts the restrictions that currently prevent Medicare from negotiating with drug companies, but just as importantly it would give Medicare the leverage it needs to negotiate effectively without putting patients at risk. Here’s how it would work:
- Under H.R. 1046, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to negotiate prices for covered Medicare Part D drugs (which is most drugs). This would help to bring down spending on prescription drugs by billions of dollars, since Medicare Part D has a tremendous amount of purchasing power.
- If the negotiations don’t arrive at an appropriate price, the Secretary would be required to issue a “competitive license.” A competitive license means generic producers of drugs would be allowed to manufacture competitors to name brand drugs when the drug company that owns the patent refuses to responsibly negotiate with Medicare. This competition would subsequently bring down the price of the drug for patients.
- This approach would put drug companies’ monopolies in the cross-hairs—not a patient’s access to medicine. Whether companies are willing to negotiate their prices down or have to deal with generic competition, patients will come out paying lower prices.
- Source: Indivisible: https://indivisible.org/resource/hr-1046-act-now-bring-drug-prices-down
3. (ACTION) Call Rep. Schrier’s, Senator Murray’s, and Senator Cantwell’s Washington state office to urge them to support immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities.
- Background: Trump will continue to attack immigrants. And the biggest fights we’ll see over the next two years will likely be over the funding levels for those agencies implementing Trump’s out-of-control deportation machine. However, House Democrats have introduced a series of bills that would undo some of the damage to immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities and provide relief for those at risk of deportation.
- Sources: Indivisible: https://indivisible.org/…/fight-all-forms-family…
Members of Congress (MOC): Rep. Kim Schrier (8th), Sen. Patty Murray, & Sen. Maria Cantwell
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