Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement today on H.R. 3, the Democrats’ plan for a government takeover of prescription drugs:

“Disease, illness, or injury shake individuals and families to their core. Every American should have hope that available medicine will heal, cure, or make life more manageable when the diagnosis is delivered. Fortunately, America’s leadership in medical innovation has given Americans more hope, and it has provided new life and a healthier country. The progress cannot stop there. Congress must focus on making medicine more available to more Americans, which means more choice and lower prices. The Democrat plan released today will not help more Americans afford needed medicine. Simply put, it is a socialist approach to a vexing challenge that demands a bipartisan solution – especially in this time of divided government.  

“The Pelosi plan is a step toward nationalizing the drug industry and opening the door to a one-size-fits all, government-controlled rationing of prescription drugs. This exacerbates the existing government policies that got us here in the first place while damaging the free market that has created these life changing medications and cures. It also includes an unprecedented 95 percent tax on companies, which will subsequently drive out competition and force drug makers to close their doors. Caught in the aftermath of this socialist economic disaster are those devoting their lives to healing others and those they are trying to heal. Congress can find a bipartisan solution to lower drug prices without taking away choice, access, and control from patients and doctors. We have to.”