Crow Announces Aurora Resident Sue Way as State of the Union Guest
Congressman Jason Crow, who has made lowering prescription drug costs a focus of his first year in office, announced today that he will be joined at the State of the Union by Sue Way of Aurora. Ms. Way, a retired nurse, saw the cost of her insulin increase by over 500 percent last year and was forced to ration her medication as a result.
“I was 14 years old when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and I always wondered if I would be able to afford medication for the rest of my life. Last January, my worst fears came true when my insulin increased from $100 for a three-month supply to over $500 for the same amount,” said Sue Way. “The stress, the financial burden, and the uncertainty resulted in me having to ration my medication, only creating more health issues. I believe we need to hold Big Pharma and the insurance companies accountable and I’m honored to join Congressman Crow tomorrow. We need to raise awareness about the true impact of our country’s broken health care system.”
“I am honored to have Sue Way join me on Tuesday. Her story is all too familiar as drug prices in this country continue to rise and hurt Colorado families and seniors. It is time we stood up to Big Pharma and the insurance companies and put people like Sue first,” said Rep. Crow.“Congress must continue to tackle the price gouging that has taken over our health care system and work together to find solutions so every Coloradan can have the access they deserve to affordable health care and prescription drugs.”
Crow, a supporter of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, also co-led the Freedom from Price Gouging Act with Congresswoman Katie Porter, which would prevent drug manufacturers from profiting off unreasonable price hikes. The bill would mimic the drug pricing model that exists under Medicaid and apply it to Medicare by applying an inflationary clawback. The clawback mandates drug prices cannot increase faster than the rate of inflation without paying a fee to Medicare. Under Medicaid, the clawback has kept prescription drug prices affordable. Similar bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate cleared a key committee hurdle with broad support. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that Crow and Porter’s provision would save taxpayers $36 billion over the next 10 years.
Congressman Crow has made increasing access to affordable, high-quality healthcare a top priority. In his first year in Congress, Crow has toured multiple community health centers and district hospitals, met with healthcare consumer advocacy groups, hosted a roundtable with seniors focused on lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and is a co-sponsor of Medicare-X Choice Act which would allow consumers the option to buy into Medicare as a health insurance option.
Last year, Crow was joined by Mary Majok, a Sudanese refugee living in the Denver-metro area, who lost her son to gun violence.