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McLeod-Skinner Primary Victory in OR Shows Momentum for Lowering Drug Prices

WASHINGTON — In response to Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s victory in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th Congressional district, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s primary victory in Oregon proves what we’ve long known: lowering prescription drug prices is a winning issue at the ballot box. For too long Rep. Kurt Schrader has stood in the way of comprehensive prescription drug reform, including allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, a widely popular policy that would rein in price gouging and make it easier for Americans to afford the medications they need. Despite the pharmaceutical lobby’s massive spending to boost Schrader’s campaign, voters have clearly shown that they want their member of Congress to work for them.

In Oregon and around the country, voters want leaders who will make prescription drugs more affordable, not cozy up to Big Pharma. This issue is important to voters across the country, not just in Oregon, so we hope all elected officials and those running for office will listen to voters and their constituents and work to pass comprehensive prescription drug reform. We congratulate McLeod-Skinner on her victory and encourage other candidates to follow her lead by prioritizing making health care more affordable and accessible for all.