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Opinion: Medicare Part B needs reform, but Trump’s proposal faces insurmountable challenges

Medicare Part B needs reform, but I worry that Trump's plan will meet the same ruinous fate as prior proposals.
President Trump announces a plan to overhaul how Medicare pays for certain drugs during a speech Thursday at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump’s timely speech Thursday about high drug prices addressed key problems that make drugs unaffordable for so many Americans, and for taxpayers in general. With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, and drug prices a key issue for voters, the speech sent a message that the administration recognizes voters’ concerns, and is doing something about them.

Although the effort put into addressing drug pricing by the Trump administration is impressive, the solutions proposed Thursday face insurmountable challenges. I worry that the plan will meet the same (ruinous) fate as prior proposals

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