From the DCCC:
4 Months After Voting Against Bipartisan Bill for Lower Insulin Prices, Nick Freitas Blames “The Government” for Higher Insulin Prices
SHOT: In a Facebook town hall Monday, Nick Freitas claimed that ‘the government’ is to blame for higher insulin prices.
CHASER: Nick Freitas voted against a bill capping insulin drug prices only four months ago – a bill that passed nearly unanimously in the House of Delegates and with the majority support of House Republicans. Of course, this is after he *skipped* the initial vote a month before – the only member in the House of Delegates to skip the vote.
LIME: Nick Freitas supports repealing protections for those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes altogether.
DCCC Spokesperson Drew Godinich released the following statement:
“Nick Freitas has fought tooth and nail against protecting consumers from higher drug costs like insulin his entire elected career. While Nick Freitas may not remember his lonely vote for higher insulin prices, Virginia Republicans and Democrats still do.”
Freitas Facebook Town Hall, July 21, 2020, 26:21: – “Why does insulin the patent for which was sold in the 20s for a dollar, why does it cost so much to get it now? Well because the government’s granting monopoly privileges to a select few companies that have the best lobbyists, right. These are all ways that if we really want to bring down the cost of healthcare while increasing quality and access, then we’re going to have to allow for more competition and innovation. And you only find that within the marketplace. You don’t find that through government managed systems. You don’t find innovation, you don’t find competition, you don’t find better quality through government managed systems. The VA is a perfect example of this.”