COVID-19, Drug Prices, & Pre-existing Conditions

COVID-19, Drug Prices, & Pre-existing Conditions

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY FROM COVID-19

COVID-19 is having a severe impact on public health and our economy in Houston. But we can overcome this challenge together. I am in constant contact with hospitals and those on the front lines of this fight to make sure they have what they need to keep our communities safe and I’m encouraging Texans to take personal precautions to protect themselves and others from the pandemic.

That’s why I personally distributed 50,000 masks to help people in our community do their part to prevent the spread. I also helped provide billions in federal resources to meet the needs of our health care workers, bolster the capacity of our health care system, and improve our testing capabilities. And I have repeatedly stepped in to extend federal support for COVID-19 testing in Houston.

I’ll continue this work as we continue to fight this public health crisis. We are Houston Strong and we will get through this.

HOLDING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE AND LOWERING DRUG PRICES

Americans pay too much for prescription drugs. That’s why I helped introduce legislation (H.R. 19) to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable, improve transparency, and lower your drug costs. My bill would stop pharmaceutical companies from engaging in unfair and uncompetitive behavior that raises your out-of-pocket costs at the pharmacy counter.

This plan also increases transparency in our health care system and protects your access to new drugs to ensure that America – not China – remains the world leader in medical innovation.  

I’m also fighting back against dangerous policies like price controls in Congress like Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 3. One independent analysis of this bill found that it would lead to as many as 100 fewer life saving drugs from coming to market because of the innovation lost as a result of this bill. That is unacceptable, especially as American innovators are working tirelessly to find a vaccine for COVID-19.

We can lower drug prices without killing the medical innovation Americans rely upon. That’s exactly what I’m working to do in Congress.

PROTECTING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND GIVING YOU CONTROL OF YOUR CARE

Americans living with pre-existing conditions should never be denied health care coverage. This is personal for me – my mom died of cancer when I was just 10 years old. That’s why I’m supporting legislation in Congress that requires insurance companies to provide health care coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

I also believe Americans should be in control of their health care, rather than being beholden to insurance companies or government regulation. That’s why I’m working to expand direct primary care for Americans, which will allow greater flexibility and choice for patients while improving the doctor-to-patient relationship that we know is critical to quality of care.

I’ll continue these efforts in Congress to fight for people with pre-existing conditions and make commonsense improvements to deliver higher-quality, affordable health care.

RELATED READING

Houston Chronicle: Crenshaw: Innovation, not Pelosi’s radical price controls, will lower drug costs

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WSJ: Editorial – Pelosi’s Expensive Drug Bill

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