Medicare negotiation was at the forefront of Democratic messaging with an unexpected Republican boost. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) joined Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) to re-introduce legislation to allow the HHS secretary to directly barter with manufacturers on behalf of Medicare Part D. Rooney is the sole Republican to co-sponsor the bill so far.
Congress revives flurry of drug pricing legislation
On Thursday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) revived the upper chamber's companion bill as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a press conference to tout this and other measures, promising an end to pharma "greed."
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