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Iowans to carol in support of lower drug costs

DES MOINES — Christmas carols will take on a new meaning today, as Iowans will sing out in support of lower drug prices.

Iowans will gather at the offices of Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, singing their support for the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), which would lower the cost of prescription drugs for families by giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, according to expert analysis.

Caroling will take place in Des Moines and Waterloo at 10:30 a.m., and in Cedar Rapids at 10 a.m. And petition signatures will be delivered to Grassley and Ernst, along with prescription pill bottles containing stories of Iowans in need of affordable prescription drugs. Click here to view the petition.

“We Wish You Would Lower Drug Costs,” sung to the tune of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and “O’er on the House Floor,” sung to the tune of “Up On The House Top,” are two of the carols that have been rewritten to highlight the need for action on prescription drug prices.

The Lower Drug Costs Now Act has the support of Iowa Reps. Abby Finkenauer, Cindy Axne and Dave Loebsack. A vote is expected in the House of Representatives, and Iowans will express their support for Sens. Grassley and Ernst to push the legislation through the Republican-controlled Senate.

A broad-based coalition of organizations are participating in these events across the state: Iowa Voices, AFSCME Council 61, Protect Our Care Iowa, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Indivisible Iowa, Iowa Citizen Action Network.