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Sen. Baldwin’s State of the Union guest hopes for action on drug pricing

Washington (WQOW) – President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union in just a few hours and we are hearing from Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) ahead of the address.

Sen. Baldwin and her State of the Union guest Diane Whitcraft, Webster, spoke to News 18’s Stephen Kelley Tuesday afternoon.

Whitcraft suffers from multiple sclerosis and said because the cost of her medication kept rising and draining her savings, she was forced to stop taking it two years ago.

She hopes her story can convince lawmakers to take action.

“I realized in this process the importance of people’s stories and the importance of vocalizing those stories. That that can help create change,” Whitcraft told News 18.

“One of our tallest orders is holding the drug corporations accountable for the high cost of prescription drugs and to making sure the people who need life-extending or life-saving medications can afford them,” Sen. Baldwin said.

Baldwin’s bill., the Fair Drug Pricing Act would require drug companies to justify price increases to congress. It was introduced in the Senate but has yet to get a committee hearing.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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