On Sunday, Republican lawmakers succeeded in removing a $35 cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are passing through Congress this weekend, citing murky Senate rules to drop the measurement.
The insulin cap is a longtime ambition of Democrats, who want it to apply to patients with Medicare and private insurance. Republicans left the part that applies to Medicare patients intact, but removed the insulin cap for other patients. Bipartisan talks on a broader insulin pricing bill broke down earlier this year.
The Senate congressman ruled that the Democrats’ cap, included in the Cut Inflation Act, did not comply with the rules that allow them to advance a bill through the process known as the of reconciliation — a tactic that helps them avoid a GOP filibuster. It gave the Republicans an opening to get rid of it.