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VIDEO: Statement from Rep. Hagedorn on prescription drug prices

KAAL-TV
Updated: November 13, 2019 08:03 PM
Created: November 13, 2019 06:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - We have an update on a story that aired on Nov. 13 on ABC 6 News.  We incorrectly implied that U.S. Congressman Jim Hagedorn (R) is opposed to all plans to lower prescription drug prices.

Our story was based on information from a third-party source that was not properly vetted.

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In a statement to ABC 6 News Rep. Hagedorn said:

“I champion several measures to make prescription drugs more affordable and also continue the research and development of life-enhancing and life-saving drug therapies.

“In fact, I have cosponsored and fully support three House bills to increase competition, reform the generic prescription drug system and drive down consumer costs. These bills were passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, unanimously. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi added a partisan poison pill, an Obamacare bailout, and the measures lost Republican support.

“Additionally, I favor: 
- price transparency to spur consumer shopping;
- pharmacy benefit manager reform; and,
- the award of bounties, where a panel of experts would determine the effectiveness of newly developed treatments for rare diseases and the federal government would help pay for the costs of developing the treatments and reduce the burden for patients.

“While I fully support lowering the cost of prescription drugs, I do not support socialized medicine and letting federal politicians and bureaucrats pick winners and losers in the drug marketplace and stifle the innovation of new treatments and therapies that prolong and save lives.” 


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