Pharmacy workers say Trump will not take any pay cuts
The pharmaceutical industry has been warning President Donald Trump not to cut pay as he prepares to enter office, warning that the president could jeopardize an agreement that was negotiated under President Barack Obama.
Industry representatives said in a letter sent to Trump this week that the pharmacy workers are not backing down in their efforts to ensure a deal can be reached by the end of the year.
“It is clear that President Trump is not interested in a negotiated agreement, and we continue to urge him to take steps that can protect the workers, consumers and the entire industry,” the letter from the American Chemistry Council, a trade group representing the industry, read.
Trump, who was elected in November, has threatened to take the pharmaceutical industry to court over the proposed cuts, including over a provision that would make it easier for the president to take deductions on deductions he makes for personal and business expenses.
Pharmaceutical companies have been warning for months that Trump’s plan could threaten an agreement negotiated under former President Barack Obamas administration.
Last week, Trump signed a memorandum directing the Internal Revenue Service to make it harder for people to claim the cost of prescription drugs.
That’s a provision in the bill that would prevent taxpayers from deducting the cost they pay for medications.
“The Administration is not willing to accept a negotiated deal that would harm the millions of hardworking Americans who depend on the federal government to pay for lifesaving medications and services,” the industry letter read.
“We urge you to take these threats seriously and act accordingly.
It is not acceptable to continue to harm thousands of workers, families and communities by weakening the Affordable Care Act.””
While we continue our campaign to protect these essential medicines, the Administration will continue to do everything it can to protect the industry from the impact of any proposed legislation,” the American Pharmacists Association, a union representing pharmacy workers, said in the letter.
Pharmacists say the proposed changes would result in workers losing more than $7,000 annually, and could impact thousands of pharmacists and their families.
The Association has called for an audit of the federal reimbursement programs to see if the cuts would actually hurt the industry.
“Pharmacy workers, including those working in large chain pharmacies, are the backbone of the American economy, and they have been unfairly targeted by President Trump,” said Ana Maria Gomez, executive director of the Association of Health Plans and Contractors.
“They deserve better.”
Trump, a businessman who has spent his time in the White House at the behest of his family, has made a number of controversial statements during his time as president.
He’s threatened to impose punitive tariffs on imports from Mexico, criticized the federal courts for not allowing him to keep his travel ban, and suggested he would fire the U.S. ambassador to Cuba.
He also criticized a federal court decision that said the president cannot remove a law that prevents him from enforcing the Affordable Healthcare Act.
In December, the American Medical Association called for Trump to withdraw his order that allows him to suspend the deportation of more than 2 million undocumented immigrants.
“The AMA believes that our country and its institutions must not become a safe haven for those who pose a threat to public health and safety,” the association said in an op-ed.