1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"I've always said in our meetings that when you travel the country, the issue of the cost of prescription drugs is one subject that can make grown men cry, just cry about not being able to deal with those costs, what it means again to the health and well-being of their families because of costs. The burden of out of control prescriptions (be)comes an issue that touches every family in America. That was self-evident in the election of 2018. It's still a big issue as we go forward. We don't want a political issue at the polls. We want a solution in the Congress and we want it now."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"Yes, we do hope to have White House buy-in because that seems to be the root to getting any votes in the United States senate and, certainly, we want a strong bipartisan vote as we can in the House and the senate. So we would hope that they would support this. They may have some other suggestions and that's what the committee process is about."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.
The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no fewer than 25, of the costliest drugs. Insulin is on the list. Drugmakers that refuse to negotiate could face steep penalties. Companies that raise prices beyond inflation would have to pay rebates to Medicare.
The plan would limit copays for seniors covered by Medicare's "Part D" prescription drug program to $2,000. Medicare-negotiated prices would be available to other buyers, such as employer health plans.
It's shaping up as a high-stake gamble for all sides in Washington. Polls show that high drug prices have Americans worried, and regardless of party affiliation, they want Congress to act . As a candidate, President Donald Trump called for Medicare negotiations but then later seemed to drop the idea.
Pelosi, D-calif., said her goal is a deal that Trump can sign onto and that could pass the GOP-controlled Senate.
"We don't want a political issue at the polls," Pelosi said at a news conference. "We want a solution in Congress, and we want it now."
But senate Republicans have indicated the proposal has no chance of passing in the senate.
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