A Republican from Florida thinks chronic disease patients are better off losing weight than receiving fixed price medicine.

Rep. Matt Gaetz refused to support the Democrat-led House Resolution 6833, which caps insulin prices at $35 a month. He warned the drug only offers temporary relief to a long-term medical condition.

“Arbitrary price controls are no substitute for individual weight control,” he said on Twitter.

“[About] 90–95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which ‘can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active,'” he added.

Gaetz claims the bill, also known as the Affordable Insulin Now Act, discourages those living with diabetes from taking responsibility for their own health decisions.

“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,” he said.

The congressman revealed the price of insulin jumped in response to the rising number of Americans living with diabetes.

“Since 2000, the number of diabetes cases in the United States has nearly doubled. The demand for insulin has increased and the requisite price increase has followed suit–in other words–the price of insulin increases as waistlines increase,” he said.

More than 37 million Americans are estimated to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes according to the Republican.

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