A meme posted via President Joe Biden’s X account claiming he is “delivering” on Medicare prescription price cuts and accusing former President Donald Trump of caving on his pledge is receiving a great deal of pushback from online users.
The post says, “The difference between talking and delivering,” and contains a meme with a haggard-looking, MAGA-hat-wearing Trump on one side and a smiling Biden on the other. Trump’s photo is adorned with the claim, “After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices,” citing left-wing Vox as the source.
Biden’s caption, meanwhile, says, “Biden admin unveils first 10 drugs subject to Medicare price negotiations,” and cites CNBC as its source.
After congressional inaction, Trump signed four executive orders in June 2020, “which together will significantly lower the cost of prescription drugs while increasing access to life-saving medications such as insulin,” a White House statement
“The four orders that I’m signing today will completely restructure the prescription drug market, in terms of pricing and everything else, to make these medications affordable and accessible for all Americans,” Trump said at the time.
The White House also noted that during his tenure, “prescription drugs saw their largest annual price decrease in more than half a century. Average basic premiums for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans have fallen by 13.5 percent since 2017, saving beneficiaries $1.9 billion in premium costs.”
Users online noted that Biden actually rescinded the order requiring lower pricing for insulin.