House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Pelosi threat­ens to slide drug pric­ing re­form in­to Biden's bud­get bill, re­jects in­dus­try push­back that in­no­va­tion would suf­fer

Af­ter a re­port re­leased by a key House com­mit­tee showed a pro­ject­ed $1 tril­lion in buy­backs over the next 10 years by Big Phar­ma, Speak­er Nan­cy Pelosi said she wants to at­tach drug pric­ing re­form to the cur­rent bud­get bill, and slammed drug com­pa­nies for sug­gest­ing in­no­va­tion would be harmed as a re­sult.

If passed, the bill would em­pow­er Medicare to ne­go­ti­ate di­rect­ly with drug com­pa­nies to low­er prices, a long­stand­ing goal for De­moc­rats. The House re­port claims the pol­i­cy shift could save tax­pay­ers $456 bil­lion in the next 10 years.

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