Biden is set to ask for drug pricing reform this year. But it’s an empty call

WASHINGTON — President Biden is set to tell Congress tonight to let Medicare negotiate drug prices this year. But it’s an empty call to action.

The president snubbed drug pricing policy in his sweeping proposal to reform the social safety net — a move that leaves it out of one of the few policy packages that has a meaningful chance of clearing Congress this year. Already, the president is hoping Congress will pass two gigantic pieces of legislation before it turns to its annual, must-pass appropriations legislation.

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