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Drugs and 2008


Rich Lowry writes, “On prescription drugs, Democrats promised to have the government negotiate for lower drug prices. But the case for major overhaul of the Medicare prescription-drug program has weakened, as the program has proven reasonably popular with seniors and cheaper than expected. Democrats simply might give the Bush administration the authority to negotiate lower prices, which would be meaningless because the administration opposes such negotiations as de facto price controls.” It’s not totally pointless, politically. Democrats can present it as a vote for lower drug prices, which will be popular whatever the price of prescription drugs happens to be. It’s also a nice set-up for a Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, who can pledge to use the power that President Bush has refused to use out of fealty to the drug companies.


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