On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) met privately for about an hour with President Trump and newly appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to discuss ways to combat high drug prices (Source: “Trump, Dems Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices,” Kaiser Health News, March 9, 2017).
The congressmen pitched a House bill that would expand the federal government’s ability to negotiate drug prices, and they left feeling optimistic about what Trump will do.
Allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices is not a new idea, but Cummings and Welch painted a picture Wednesday of a political landscape that is ripe for change. They said they have a president who “gets it.”