The reelection team for President Biden is calling out Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina and presidential hopeful, for his contradictory stance on limiting drug costs for the elderly. Scott had previously opposed the Inflation Reduction Act.
A video, initially shown on The Hill, juxtaposes moments of Scott applauding cost limits for seniors with his criticism of the Inflation Reduction Act, legislation he didn’t support.
In a recent chat with KCCI Des Moines, Scott boasted, “Back in the previous Congress, we managed to set a ceiling for out-of-pocket expenses for seniors, which was a fantastic move.”
However, the video quickly shifts to a Senate session showing Scott slamming the very law that Biden put his signature on in August 2022.
Scott’s disdain for the act is evident as he declares, “I’d completely do away with the IRA, the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s nothing but a monstrous deception. My first step would be to start dismantling that piece of legislation.”
The contentious Inflation Reduction Act empowers Medicare to haggle over prescription drug prices and puts a $35 limit on insulin costs for the elderly.
This legislation is a feather in Biden’s cap, though it’s come under fire from several legislators keen on retracting various elements, like the tax breaks encouraging clean energy and electric car usage.
Biden hasn’t hesitated to single out other politicians, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia included, who voted against his favored bills. Yet, they don’t shy away from promoting the perks of these very laws, like boosts in manufacturing, back in their home turf.