House to vote next week on drug prices bill

House Democrats will vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signature drug pricing proposal, youth tobacco use is growing, Planned Parenthood is launching ads targeting GOP senators and the U.S. spends more money on hospitals than any other health sector.

We’ll start with drug pricing:

House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices 

After months of anticipation, next week is the big week for the House’s drug pricing bill.

The bill, a top priority for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats, would allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower prices for up to 250 drugs per year, with the lower prices applied to people with private insurance as well as Medicare.

Democrats have tried to show that they are moving forward with kitchen-table issues like lowering drug prices at the same time they are also taking steps forward on impeaching President Trump.

“We are going to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices, and make those prices available to Americans with private insurance as well as Medicare beneficiaries,” Pelosi said in a statement with other top Democrats. “American seniors and families shouldn’t have to pay more for their medicines than what Big Pharma charges in other countries for the same drugs.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and three key committee chairmen, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), joined Pelosi on the statement.

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