On Wednesday, during his address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden called on Congress to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices — a policy that already saves Medicaid billions, but that has been illegal ever since prescription drug benefits were first implemented for Medicare in the mid-2000s.
“Let’s do what we talked about for all the years I was down here in this body, in Congress,” said Biden. “Let’s give Medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower drug prescription prices.”
Oddly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared actively upset at the idea of what Biden was proposing, with at least one observer on Twitter appearing to note he looked teary-eyed.
Is Ted Cruz crying? https://t.co/JpwHC6uOJd
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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) also refused to stand and applaud the federal government saving money.
Biden: Let’s lower prescription drug costs Boebert: https://t.co/gpevPZ0sBi
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