People have begun to tire of the House of Representatives dragging their feet. It seems little good to pass legislation if the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) aka the Grim Reaper stands at the Senate door. He calls himself that, because he kills all the legislation the House sends him. Yet this sweeping legislation would dramatically alter the lives of millions of Americans, and he could be finally forced to act.
Until now, the Medicare Part C drug plan had incorporated no price negotiation language into it. That was a boon to the drug manufacturers and happened nowhere else except in Medicare. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just announced the Democrats’ new bill would allow price negotiation of 250 of the most common Medicare prescriptions, even those on private plans.
In her press conference she said “Americans are tired of losing sleep” over drug costs:
‘Americans are tired of losing sleep over whether they will be able to afford medications prescribed by their doctors. Today, @HouseDemocrats are introducing the #LowerDrugCosts Now Act. Tune in at 10:45 am ET as we discuss with reporters.’
‘Americans shouldn’t pay more for their prescriptions than people in other countries. House Democrats announced their introduction to H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Is their plan to cut prescription drug prices for Americans nationwide.’
Americans shouldn’t pay more for their prescriptions than people in other countries. House Democrats are preparing to introduce H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, our plan to cut prescription drug prices for Americans nationwide.
Posted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, September 19, 2019
Pelosi’s bill had transparency as a “central issue.’ A noncompliance penalty fee was set as a tough incentive. The drug companies would lose 65 percent for noncompliance and up into the 90 percent range.
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