In a bit of a surprise from a Democratic lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL) relayed to Americans that the cost of living is indeed up. However, she would also state that President Joe Biden (D) and his party have “beat Big Pharma” and have lowered health care costs nationwide.
✅ Insulin capped at $35/month
✅ Lower health insurance premiums
✅ 10 drugs eligible for price cuts pic.twitter.com/TJk9WOnInf
— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) September 7, 2023
“The cost of living is up but FINALLY, POTUS & House Democrats beat Big Pharma by standing up to special interests, winning lower health care costs for our neighbors,” said Rep. Castor on X.
Additionally, FOX 13 showcased more of Rep. Castor’s statements.
“All of this adds up at a time when the cost of living is up. And I hear it every day: the cost of insurance, the cost of groceries, the cost of gas,” Castor said. “But finally, Democrats and President Biden – we beat Big Pharma, we stand up to the special interests. We in one for our neighbors for a change.”
In August, the Florida congresswoman sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to address air conditioning concerns in United States Postal Service (USPS) trucks in the Tampa area, as temperatures during the summer months were scorching in the Sunshine State.
Castor called for “modern electric vehicles” to replace the current fleet to “ensure the health and safety of Letter Carriers as climate pollution exacerbates extreme, record-breaking heatwaves.”
With the Inflation Reduction Act footing the bill for new USPS fleets around the country, Rep. Castor is looking to make Tampa a priority with the “climate crisis” in mind.
“The devastating health and economic consequences of the climate crisis continue to grow, and the Tampa Bay region is particularly at risk for extreme heat and worsening air quality on hot, humid days. We need to take swift action and use every tool at our disposal to strengthen communities’ — and workers’ — resilience against such extreme heat and weather events,” wrote Rep. Castor.
She would go on to reference the recent collective bargaining deal that the United Parcel Service (UPS) obtained and stated that all delivery service employees should receive those terms.
“You may be aware of the recent Teamsters-UPS North American contract negotiations where the Teamsters collectively bargained for fair wages, safe working conditions, affordable health care and increased retirement benefits. The tentative agreement would mandate equipping the company’s fleet of vehicles with air conditioning, new heat shields, and additional fans. These terms should be extended to all delivery service employees,” penned Castor.
The Inflation Reduction Act was signed a year ago.