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WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Health Care for All Lead Organizer Aija Nemer-Aanerud after three Democratic House Representatives sided with Republicans in the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to eliminate a provision in the budget resolution that would have allowed Medicare to negotiate drug prices:

“In a bald-faced display of corporate allegiance, three Democrats in the pocket of Big Pharma blocked the chance to make life-saving drugs affordable for millions. We’re living through a once-in-a-generation opportunity to win big for poor and working people. Today’s actions prove they want nothing to do with this vision.

“Speaker Pelosi needs to whip her caucus and fix this when it goes to the Rules Committee. The Senate should do everything possible to ensure this critical provision is not watered-down in their version of the budget resolution.”


People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations in 30 states, united in fighting for justice. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. People’s Action and its member organizations coordinated one of the biggest distributed organizing programs in rural areas this past election season.

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About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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