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Applauding Oregonians for Fighting High Drug Costs

Jamie McLeod-Skinner defeats incumbent Kurt Schrader

DENVER — Today, the election results of Oregon’s Fifth Congressional District Primary have been called in favor of Jamie McLeod-Skinner. McLeod-Skinner’s victory represents a decision by the voters of Oregon’s Fifth District to hold Rep. Kurt Schrader accountable for his obstruction to lowering prescription drug prices.

Voices of Health Care Action Founder Laura Packard issued the following statement: 

“We applaud the voters of Oregon’s Fifth Congressional District who made it clear that they will no longer tolerate elected officials who put the interests of Big Pharma over the lives of their own constituents. Kurt Schrader was one of the key votes in the U.S. House against an incredibly popular proposal to lower prescription drug prices. In return,  Oregonians have made their views known and held him accountable.”

“In contrast, Jaime McLeod-Skinner has promised to make affordable health care a priority once she is in office. Candidates like her are key to making access to affordable health care a reality for all Americans.”

“Note that both Reps. Kathleen Rice and Stephanie Murphy have retired rather than face the voters. As we get closer to the midterm elections, we hope that voters across the country will remember the records of every other obstructionist and vote for those who are committed to being health care champions. We urge everyone to be a health care voter this election cycle.”

Laura Packard is the founder of Voices of Health Care Action, executive director of Health Care Voter, and a stage-4 cancer survivor. The Affordable Care Act saved her life. She is a co-host of Care Talk, a call-in health care show on act.tv to answer America’s health insurance questions about the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid (airing Mondays at 4:30pm ET). If you’d like to connect with Laura to discuss Oregon primary results, health care policy, or the role of health care in midterm elections more generally, please reach out to abigail.shepard@firesidecampaigns.com.