Medicare

Drug industry lobbying for a big Medicare break in opioids bill

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Congress recently put the pharmaceutical industry on the hook for more of seniors' drug costs, but the industry is pushing lawmakers to reverse that policy as part of a bill to address the opioid crisis.

The big picture: Congress voted earlier this year to shift billions of dollars in Medicare drug costs away from seniors and onto drug companies. Now, "PhRMA is begging" lawmakers to reverse that decision in unrelated opioids legislation, a GOP congressional aide said.

Democrats press their advantage with health care

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Democrats are serious about making health care the centerpiece of their midterm election strategy. Every day brings new ads, press statements and other election-season positioning — from moderates and progressives alike — that slams Republicans over threats to the Affordable Care Act.

Why it matters: Democrats’ health care strategy is well-established, so every new example of it isn’t newsworthy. But it’s still worth stepping back to appreciate just how quickly Democrats have gone back on offense on health care, after so many years of seeing mainly Republican ads about the issue.