Donald Trump rushes plan to send seniors $200 discount cards, slash drug prices

Donald Trump rushes plan to send seniors $200 discount cards, slash drug prices


ISSUES DRIVING THE VOTE:

President Trump is racing to slash drug prices in the waning weeks of the campaign, finalizing a plan to let states import medicines from Canada and directly appealing to senior voters with $200 discount cards to help them defray their out-of-pocket costs.

The moves reflect a polling deficit with Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden and slipping support among seniors after efforts to pass more durable measures through legislation died out and the coronavirus upended Washington.

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In some ways, Mr. Trump remains a man stuck between bold promises and the orthodoxy of his party.

The president says he’s taking the fight to drug companies, but Democrats say it’s a slew of half-measures compared to the tough negotiation he promised in 2016. He backed a bipartisan drug-pricing bill in the Senate, but aspects of the legislation split the Republican caucus and it never received a vote.

“The pharmaceutical lobby remains very strong and has a long-term relationship

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