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White House to House Dems: Drug price plan is a winning issue

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The White House is aggressively touting the political benefits of President Joe Biden’s plan to lower the cost of prescription drug prices, setting up the issue as a likely focal point of Congress’ budget debate when the House returns this week.

In private conversations with lawmakers, administration officials have emphasized the popularity of the proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Recent polling shows strong support among voting blocs that Democrats need to win to have any hope of surviving the 2022 midterm elections with their majorities intact.

The administration is also hoping that the provision will help solidify the Democratic votes they need to pass the roughly $3.5 trillion spending plan via the budget reconciliation process, which will require near-unanimous Democratic support in the House, and all 50 senators in the Democratic caucus. The drug pricing proposal, along with other elements of the reconciliation package that help care and service workers, will be felt more immediately than the president’s infrastructure package, White House officials have told lawmakers.

As Republicans wage a culture war over mask mandates and critical race theory, and as some attempt to scare voters about refugees coming from Afghanistan, Democrats are betting on social spending plans to keep a hold on the tenuous coalition that Biden formed last year. In particular, the White House views the prescription drug........

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