Listen: Trump To Sign Executive Order Aimed At Health Care Costs
"Support for this podcast and the following message come from American pest as the leading provider of safe, sustainable pest control solutions across the DMV. Let American past help you to take back your home or business. From menacing pests visit them today at American pest dot net. Later today, President Trump plans to sign an executive order aimed at the cost of prescription drugs. NPR White House correspondent Tim Akif explains why this issue has been top of mind for the president since he was a candidate. It was the night before the New Hampshire primary 2016 with snow falling outside, President Trump was giving one of his usual stem winding campaign speeches in an arena downtown Manchester. Then in the midst of mocking his opponents debate performance. He started talking about something new. We're going to bring down the price of healthcare. We're gonna bring down big league. Big big league in particular prescription drug prices. My friend calls me up a great doctor. He says, you know, Donald you're running, and you do. Great. And I'm so proud of you. I love to hear it. I say it again and he said, but, you know with the medical, and with the drugs, the United States, largest purchaser, but they don't negotiate price, the idea of Medicare negotiating to reduce the price of prescription drugs had long been pitched by Democrats, but here was a Republican presidential candidate albeit an unorthodox one making the same populace pitch. If we competitively bid drugs in the United States, we could save as much as three hundred billion dollars a year. Thank you. That know think of it his numbers were way off. But for the businessman candidate talking about competitive bidding was on brand, a White House official tried to figure out who Trump's doctor friend was, but was unable to provide a name to NPR berry Bennett an advisor to the Trump campaign in early. Twenty sixteen says Trump sat down with voters out of you of the press before most of his rallies and. Have gotten an earful about prescription drug prices, especially in New Hampshire. One of those border states. Release some people candidate to get their prescription drugs at a cheaper price than they see on the newest all time in our angering about it at the time. Trump started talking about drug prices outrage had been in the air for months since two thousand eight the price pharmacies pay for an be pen to pack has shot up from one hundred basically the same product it was in two thousand nine and yet, the prices gone up this Republican, bro, now being called the smirking CEO as he scoffs, his probably would have raised the price higher. High prescription drug prices are one of those rare issues where voter concern crosses party lines evenly, Molly and Brody heads public opinion research for the Kaiser family foundation, everyday Congree that they're too high that they're unreasonable and that they're a big problem. And that something needs to be done about them. And in fact, they agree on a lot of potential solutions. A lot of things that have been put out. There are. Things that Republicans Democrats and independence all agree about. She says one of the solutions that is overwhelmingly popular is having the government negotiate with drug companies to get a better price for people on Medicare, and that's exactly what Trump was pitching in his campaign never mind that it was out of sync with Republican, orthodoxy all the better for Trump says Bennett himself a longtime Republican consultant aid, and now, lobbyist, totally untethered by or forty years of protecting farm here people angry. They had a perfectly good case anti started talking about it. I think now is still talking about it two and a half years into his presidency. Trump hasn't carried out his promise to have Medicare negotiate with drug companies and an administrative action that would tip toe in that direction is in a holding pattern after thousands of public comments. Poured in, but people in the healthcare industry, say Trump and his administration are putting pressure on drug companies and Trump is once again. Campaigning on the issue. Tamra. Keith, and PR news. Support for this podcast and the following message come from Comcast business having the nation's largest gig speed network was just the start. Now, they're providing gig fueled apps and solutions that exceed expectations and help businesses perform Comcast business beyond fast."