lose weight not taking insulin, Rep. Matt Gaetz justified his vote in opposition to the bill limiting the amount of insulin to $35 per month for the vast majority of Americans by suggesting that people with diabetes should first shed weight before Congress intervenes to assist.
The Florida Republican declared via Twitter on Thursday and in his weekly newsletter the next day that people who are obese and not pharmaceutical companies are driving up the cost of insulin in his newsletter, claiming that insulin “increases as waistlines increase.”
“While Democrat posturing of H.R. 6833 victimizes insulin payees as people with an uncontrollable disease that are being taken advantage of and need Big Brother to throw them a raft, lifestyle changes en masse would expeditiously lower demand and the subsequent prices of insulin,” Gaetz wrote.
The bill introduced to reduce the price of insulin was a Democrat-sponsored bill. However, it was passed in the House on Thursday, with broad support from both sides. Twelve Republicans left party lines and voted in support of Democrats. Gaetz was among 193 House Republicans who voted against the bill.
Around one-in-10 Americans are affected by diabetes, and over one-third are pre-diabetic, The Centers for Disease Control declares. The type 1 form of diabetes can be described as an auto-immune disease in which the body cannot make insulin, which requires it to be consumed to live. When you have type 2 diabetes, the body’s insulin levels aren’t working efficiently. Several factors cause it.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, approximately one in five Americans who use insulin could save money with the plan.
In the newsletter, Gaetz quotes a CDC study that found that 90-95% of patients suffering from diabetics in the U.S. have type 2, and the agency states “can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes.”
“Arbitrary price controls are no substitute for individual weight control,” he added. “Since 2000, the amount of cases of diabetes across the U.S. has nearly doubled. In addition, the demand for insulin has risen, and the necessary price hike has been a follow-up. This means that insulin prices rise when waistlines grow.”
Although Type 2 diabetes is linked to physical and obesity, however, it can also be linked to many other factors, including insulin resistance as well as genetics as well as family background, genetic mutations, hormonal disorders, certain medications, and pancreas damage, according to the National Institutes of Health. Type 1 is most likely due to genetics and environmental factors, such as viruses that can cause the disease, as the NIH declares.
In Florida, the state that Gaetz is a representative of, around 28% of residents are obese, and 36 percent have a weight problem, according to the state’s health department. The state’s health department estimates that 13.1 percent of Floridians, which is 2.4 million, have diabetes, According to Florida Diabetes Alliance.
The bill needs to get at minimum 10 percent Republican members of the Senate to defeat the filibuster to become law.
On Thursday this week, the House passed a bill authored by Democrats that would set the cost of insulin to $35 per month for the vast majority of Americans as a way to stop price-fixing by drug companies that have increased the cost of the life-saving drug that is used for millions of Americans by more than $500% in the last few years. Some people have to pay more than $1000 a month for insulin to treat diabetes, even when they have insurance. Democrats were looking for an approach to reduce the cost of drugs in the form of a larger policy idea that had a slim chance of getting passed by the Senate. In the hope of a bipartisan compromise, in the end, they cloned the price control for insulin as their policy. But just 12 House Republicans approved the bill, which is extremely loved by the American population.
The only one to vote “no” was Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), the top troll in the GOP that has come up with offensive reasons to justify GOP opposing the bill that is gaining a lot of attention. In his Friday newsletter, Gaetz explained to his followers that he did not support the legislation because people who are overweight, rather than Big Pharma, are responsible for driving up the price of insulin. Gaetz also said it could be possible that Type 2 diabetes, usually linked with obesity, can be treated by exercising more and shedding weight. At that point, they won’t require insulin anymore, and drug costs could be reduced without intervention from the government. Gaetz wrote:
As Democrats talk about, H.R. 6833 targets insulin payers as those suffering from an uncontrollable illness that is being taken by the devil and needs Big Brother to provide them with a raft, and lifestyle changes in masse will swiftly reduce demand and, consequently, the cost of insulin. 90-95% of patients who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This “can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active.” The arbitrariness of price control is not an alternative to individual weight control. Since 2000 the amount of cases of diabetes within the U.S. has nearly doubled. Demand for insulin has grown, and the necessary price hike has followed. That is, insulin costs increase because waistlines are increasing.
More than one-quarter of Florida citizens are obese, which includes Gaetz’s most-loved Palm Beach resident, former president Donald Trump. More than 10% of the population of Florida has diabetes issues, but not all of it caused due to lifestyle issues. Gaetz’s attempts to empathize with people with diabetes were likely not convincing. “While I sympathize with all Americans suffering from diseases and will combat Big Pharma, I voted against H.R. #6833.” the senator wrote. “I will not see a reemergence of FDR price controls and join the Democrats in their attempt to pave the Road to Serfdom.”
It’s not the first time that Gaetz has expressed genuine disdain for people who are overweight. In January, on his radio show “Firebrand,” he condemned Twitter’s decision to ban Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for “telling the truth” about the connection between Covid and being overweight. In a segment that focused on his support in favor of marijuana for medicinal use, he stated that legalization of marijuana is “not an excuse for America to sit home fat and high.” He criticized “woke” culture for “cheerleading for the chubbies.”
“I’m not here to fat shame, anyone,” the man declared. “I’d not have the time to discuss. I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult problems with overweight can prove. I’m often way behind on my personal goals. But society has evolved to the point that it’s considered a sin even to think that a healthy diet could help you to resist every kind of illness compared to the monthly vax promoted through Big Pharma. What happens to Michelle Obama when you need her?” He expressed nostalgia for the former First Lady’s “Let’s move!” campaign. He was puzzled about how the nation had changed from her call for a healthier diet to the present “obesity-embracing awaketopia” in which people accuse “the Body Mass Index of being a tool for the white supremacy.”
Even his colleagues aren’t immune to Gaetz’s vitriol about obesity. Gaetz has once taken a shot towards Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who has publicly spoken about his struggles with obesity. He underwent a weight loss procedure on August 2, 2002. He suggested that Nadler be placed in command of “the “congressional weight loss program.”