Bernie Sanders and Dr. Bill Cassidy
Members, U.S. Senate
Sanders (I-Vt.) chairs the powerful Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Cassidy (R-La.) is its ranking member. In May, the two joined forces, introducing the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Reform Act of 2023 to boost transparency regarding the intermediary companies, among other provisions. Later that year, Cassidy introduced the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Reauthorization (SUPPORT) Act of 2023, aimed at reauthorizing programs for those with substance use disorders and mental illness. Two months later, Sanders backed the advancement of the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act of 2023, which would provide funding for federally qualified health centers, teaching hospitals, the National Health Service Corps, medical and nursing schools and rural hospitals.