“We're paying the highest prices for [prescription] drugs of any country in the world…This Build Back Better bill is the first time we're finally going to take on pharma”
“The interests of parents right now and the interests of these social media platforms are diametrically opposed”
WASHINGTON – Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) highlighted the importance of passing the Build Back Better Act to help lower prescription drug costs, increase access to affordable child care, and address our nation’s labor shortage.
“We're paying the highest prices for drugs, for prescription drugs, of any country in the world…This Build Back Better bill is the first time we're finally going to take on pharma,” Klobuchar said.
She continued: “Secondly, we know we have a workforce shortage. It's part of what's going on with the supply chain and the like. You’ve got to make sure people have child care, so they can get back to work, help taking care of their aging parents, and apprenticeships.”
Klobuchar also stressed the need to pass legislation to protect kids online, noting, “The interests of parents right now and the interests of these social media platforms are diametrically opposed…And what we have seen with the platforms…is that they're putting more and more money into wooing teens to try to keep them on the site, because it's a feeder group that then gets addicted to their product.”
Last week, Klobuchar questioned Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Protecting Kids Online: Instagram and Reforms for Young Users.” Klobuchar raised concerns about kids and teens becoming addicted to the platform: “When I look at your company’s quotes from one document…your company…viewed losing teen users as an ‘existential threat.’ Whereas parents are viewing their kids' addictions to your product and other products as an existential threat to their families.”
Click HERE for the full transcript of Klobuchar on State of the Union.
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