Two links in case NYT is paywalled. There are several issues here, but they all spell last minute panic as the election nears.
Trump has been promising healthcare reform, including drug price relief since throwing his hat (or is it hair piece?) in the ring. So now, a month out from the election he is doing the old “chicken in every pot” promise. Understandable. Golf, rallies and tweets just take too much time. Until now, of course.
Interestingly enough, a core piece of his executive orders regarding drug prices is the matching of Medicare prescription costs to other nations’ government mandated prices, which are much lower than what we pay.
So it is OK for government to set prices so long as another nation sets them first. Socialism?
Of course that was a sticking point with Big Pharma. However, not as much as the demand by the regime for Pharma to mail out one time $100 cash cards to all seniors just before the election.
Here is a “deal” in the works for months, if not longer, in which at least seniors could get some relief on drug prices. And the great negotiator tanks it with a last second demand.
I suppose Big Pharma is part of the “Deep State” in its effort to make Trump look bad (or is it worse?).