The House of Representatives passed a bill last week to add price controls to insulin. All but 12 Republicans voted against the bill to set price caps on the diabetes medication that has skyrocketed 500% in recent years. Congressman Matt Gaetz was among the many who voted against the legislation, and he gave a disturbing reason as to why. Gaetz said that “arbitrary price controls are no substitute for individual weight control. Since 2000, the number of diabetes cases in the U.S. has nearly doubled. The demand for insulin has increased, and the requisite price increase has followed suit. In other words, the price of insulin increases as waistlines increase.” Gaetz essentially argues that people with diabetes deserve to be price gouged by pharmaceutical companies because it’s their fault. Of course, this ignores the fact that the condition is not always connected to obesity, but even when it is, people should not have to be punished for having it and struggle to afford life-saving medication.
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