The Republicans have settled on a unique gambit to win the midterms (Axios, so all the weird formatting, emboldening, and enigmatic bullet usage is theirs):
Some key House Republicans are calling for the repeal of Democrats’ newly-passed drug pricing measure if the GOP flips control of one or both chambers of Congress next year.
Why it matters: The comments show Republicans are not giving up the fight against sweeping measures aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, and give a glimpse of what their health agenda could look like.
What they’re saying: “If the courts haven’t gotten to it beforehand, yeah we’ve got to do our job and try to defend the Constitution,” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) told Axios, saying the law is an “unlawful taking.”
- Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, indicated repealing the drug pricing law is a likely agenda item. “Because those drug provisions are so dangerous, by discouraging investment in life-saving cures, I would imagine that will be a top priority for Republicans in the new session,” he said.
- Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) replied “yes” when asked if he backed repeal of the drug pricing law.
“Vote for us, we’re gonna make your lives more miserable” seems like an odd campaign promise, but one that Republicans are totally capable of doing.