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#3481 D. C. Sessions

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 07:03 PM

View PostJackD, on 14 November 2019 - 11:07 PM, said:

Why does that footnote piss me off?

Because you are a person of sense and taste who, like me, believe that words are tools and should not be maltreated.
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Posted 15 November 2019 - 07:35 PM

Yeah! Like he said!

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 03:14 PM

The Dems are struggling with a prescription pricing bill. Compare this to the Republicans who want a "free market" that continues to rape people.


Nearly a year into their latest term, House Democrats are still wrestling with internal conflicts as they consider a vote on their landmark prescription drug prices bill.

Although House Democrats have a vote scheduled this week for HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, disagreement over specific provisions — including the number of drugs the legislation would cover — threatens to sink an upcoming procedural step, according to The Hill. Members of the House Progressive Caucus, led by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI), in particular, have urged Democratic leadership to expand the scope of the legislation beyond the concessions moderates made earlier this year.

If passed, House Democrats’ proposal would mark a major shift in the way prescription drug prices are set in the US by empowering the federal government to directly negotiate drug prices for Medicare recipients as well as others purchasing the drug. As Vox’s Dylan Scott has written, a Congressional Budget Office analysis found that the measure could curb Medicare spending by $345 billion over the course of a decade, though it could also lead to some reductions in the number of new drugs brought to market.

As things stand, House progressives have suggested that they could tank a procedural vote, preventing the bill from coming to the floor. They’re still taking a whip count of members, to examine the appetite for stymying it, The Hill reports, but the bill would need 216 votes to clear the procedural hurdle if there was a full House vote. Currently, there are 233 Democratic lawmakers in the lower chamber, meaning they could only afford to lose 17 members at most in order to approve this step, a far smaller number than the 98 members who are part of the CPC, assuming that no House Republicans join the Democrats. If progressives were to vote down the rule, Democrats would effectively be forced back to the negotiating table before a vote on the bill.

Democratic in-fighting on the bill has cropped up throughout its development, but this recent disagreement come as time winds down for Congress to approve the legislation ahead of the new year. House lawmakers had made lowering prescription drug prices a cornerstone of their midterm election campaign and have been eager to pass this bill to show voters that they are making progress on the issue in the face of Republican opposition, even as they pursue an impeachment inquiry.

Progressives, however, are trying to send a different message: one about the type of legislation they see as vital to meaningfully lowering prescription drug prices. Since the Senate isn’t expected to take up the legislation any ways, this bill is an opportunity for Democrats to make their mark.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to the caucus on Monday, touted the changes that had already been made to the bill thus far.

“Members’ input has been very important in the construction of this landmark legislation,” she wrote. “Since the beginning of the bill, we moved from binding arbitration to direct negotiations, increased the bare minimum number of drugs negotiated per year to 35, and created a new Emergency Negotiations mechanism to further address potential price gouging in launch prices of new treatments.”

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