Two hearings in the Minnesota House Tuesday talked about creating an emergency program to help anyone struggling to pay for their life saving medication.
Nicole Smith Holt testified that her 26-year-old son Alec died in 2017 after rationing his insulin.
At least five more House committee hearings will be held on the issue. Democrats say they have compromised, agreeing that Minnesota taxpayers will pay for at least $1 million of the program. But they say big pharma should foot the rest of the bill — estimated at least $10 million a year.
Republicans say they support a solution, but GOP Senate Majority Paul Gazelka made it clear what he does not want to see.
“It can’t be this grand program that moves us towards socialized medicine in some form. That’s what we’re resisting. I don’t think it should be punitive against the pharmaceutical industry,” Gazelka said.
A Senate committee hearing on insulin was scheduled for Today.