An of­fer you can't refuse: De­moc­rats and Re­pub­li­cans trade barbs over in­com­ing drug price ne­go­ti­a­tions

Quotes from the pop­u­lar mafia movie “The God­fa­ther” fea­tured promi­nent­ly in Re­pub­li­can com­ments at a House hear­ing yes­ter­day on in­com­ing drug price ne­go­ti­a­tions (or of­fers the com­pa­nies can’t refuse) from the gov­ern­ment, which Re­pub­li­cans re­main fierce­ly op­posed to.

The Re­pub­li­can ma­jor­i­ty in the House En­er­gy & Com­merce Sub­com­mit­tee on Over­sight and In­ves­ti­ga­tions held the hear­ing, and not­ed in a memo at the out­set that the penal­ties for re­fus­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with CMS over drug prices, and to agree in ad­vance to ac­cept any price, “are ex­treme­ly puni­tive.”

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