GOP Presidential Hopefuls Begin To ‘Make Noise’ On Drug-Pricing Issues
STAT notes that Democratic candidates have made the push to lower drug prices central to their campaigns but Republicans are just starting to talk about it. Meanwhile, The Associated Press examines how Hillary Clinton is positioning herself as an insider just as most other candidates are embracing outsider status.
GOP Hopefuls, Long Quiet On Drug Prices, Begin To Make Some Noise
Republican presidential hopefuls are slowly starting to break up the Democratic monopoly on ideas to rein in prescription drug prices.Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have made lowering drug costs a central part of their campaign platforms, but the GOP contenders have begun getting in on the game.Last month, the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush rolled out a health care plan that included overhauling the Food and Drug Administration; Florida Senator Marco Rubio railed against pharmaceutical “profiteering” in videotaped remarks; and Texas Senator Ted Cruz called for reforming the FDA in an op-ed. (Scott, 11/10)
The Associated Press:
In A Year Of Outsider Angst, Clinton Seeks Inside Lane
The images reflected a strategic choice by her campaign: In a year in which outsiders Sanders and Republican Donald Trump are surging, Clinton is opting instead to highlight her government and political experience and vowing to continue Obama's work. She described herself as a "proud Democrat" who would protect Obama's agenda and prevent Republicans from dismantling his signature health care law and guard against tax breaks that would benefit the wealthy. (11/9)