Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. Note that because Congress will be in recess for the Memorial Day holiday, the next “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” will be posted on June 3.
LAWMAKERS QUESTION DEMOCRATS’ STRATEGY ON DRUG PRICING
House Democrats last week combined bipartisan bills designed to lower drug prices with controversial legislation related to the Affordable Care Act, prompting Democratic and Republican lawmakers to question whether party leaders are committed to bipartisan solutions to control drug costs.
By combining the two issues in one bill, the legislation won House approval but on a near-party line vote. Republicans accused Democrats of being more interested in politics than consensus on lowering drug prices.
Even some Democrats questioned their leaders’ strategy and raised fresh doubt about whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would be willing to forge a bipartisan agreement on drug prices that would allow President Donald Trump to claim at least a partial victory ahead of his re-election campaign in 2020. Continue Reading