Jan 15, 2019

House Democrats begin investigating drug prices

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have kicked off an investigation into prescription drug prices, sending letters yesterday to 12 drug companies seeking information about the pricing of almost 20 specific products.

What's happening: The list includes some of the best-selling drugs in the world — Humira, Embrel and Revlimid — as well as insulin, whose staggering price hikes have stoked particular rage.

Between the lines: These companies had to know this was coming the second they saw last November's election results, and they're savvy political operators with access to the best lobbyists money can buy.

  • But over the next couple of months, President Trump will see coverage of congressional hearings on drug prices that, despite his demands, continued to rise and rise. How this will play out is unclear. But I think we're going to find out.

Go deeper: House Democrats are set to go for the jugular on health care

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Why it matters: The launch brings crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

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Why it matters: This SpaceX launch of its Crew Dragon capsule — in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — marks the first time NASA astronauts have been sent to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

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The aftermath of George Floyd's death: Everything you need to know

A mural outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, near where George Floyd was killed in an encouner with police. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr denounced what he described as "planned" violence from "far-left extremist groups" on Saturday, without citing any evidence, in response to the U.S. cities that erupted in protest over the killing of George Floyd,

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.