Trump, Democrats Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Trump, Democrats Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and chairman of the committee, sent the letter along with committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat.

Cummings "was all excited and then he said, 'Oh, I can't move, it might be bad for me politically".

Cummings denied the accusations, saying "I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today", he said in a statement.

The meeting between Cummings and Mr. Trump was in the works for several weeks. "It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act". "Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed", Trump said at the time.

Cummings described Trump as being excited about Cummings' measure on drug prices for Medicare.

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In a much-cited but now decade-old letter to Congress, the Congressional Budget Office estimated giving HHS authority to negotiate prices alone would have only a "negligible effect on Medicare drug spending". More than 60 black college presidents met with Vice President Mike Pence and education officials recently to discuss their concerns before a photo opportunity with Trump. "He said it didn't matter for him". A clause in current law prevents the Department of Health and Human Services from interfering in the price paid for drugs.

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, dismissed Trump's allegations that he was wire-tapped by former President Barack Obama - telling Blitzer that the dust-up may cause him to be more careful about his Twitter use.

Cummings said. "He was able to provide us with his take on it and he felt we should address the issue head on".

"The president said he wants to help us to bring forward a proposal that will allow, Wolf, for Medicare to negotiate prices, just like the VA (Veterans Affairs), and Medicaid does", he said. "We called, called, called, called", he said. "Of course, Senator Schumer never told me to skip a meeting with the president. You know, he talks about this voting fraud which is nonexistent, but he doesn't talk about all of the millions of people who have been denied their right to vote because of suppression".

"A lot of these drug companies are doing it because they can do it".

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