Few teeth in Trump's prescription to reduce drug prices

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 12, 2018 2:47 p.m.

    Hey DNSubscriber -

    Re: " Associated Press . . . is notoriously biased. (90% of all news coverage of Trump has been negative.)"

    Ha! That doesn't imply bias. The news is the news. The Associated Press does its best to report the facts . . . The Truth . . . REALITY.

    90% of all news coverage about Trump has been negative because AT LEAST 90% of what Trump says and does is negative.

    His actions are negative. He is irresponsible, unintelligent, corrupt, treasonous, greedy, and pushy. He is ignorant of the law. He is ignorant of how government works. His ignorance is vast, AND he is Putin's puppet. THOSE are ALL negative qualities, AND those are all facts.

    The legitimate news media reports the facts. So OF COURSE 90% of all news coverage of Trump has been negative.

    Do you see how that works now?

    Hey BYU Alum -

    Re: "President Trump has already been more productive in 1 1/2 yr. than Obama in 8 yrs."

    No, Trump has been more DESTRUCTIVE in 1 1/2 yr. than Obama in 8 yrs. Destruction is easy, and really nothing to brag about.

    Get your facts straight.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 12, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    How about requiring that all hospital bills and prescription receipts contain listings of how much company CEOs are being paid?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 12, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    Before the Trump haters get too spun up about "big pharma" and the Koch brothers or whatever other bogeymen the Democrats are scaring them with, they need to look at some facts.

    First, this explanation and criticism of Trump's proposal is from Associated Press, which is notoriously biased. (90% of all news coverage of Trump has been negative.) These are the same folks who condemned the tax cuts as "breaks for the rich sticking it to the workers." But, we now have a booming economy, record unemployment (including among blacks and Hispanics) and increased wages and in today's paper you can read about our electric bills coming down due to the Trump tax cuts.

    I bet that drug prices will come down under Trump's plan, despite the biassed claims in this article. However, they would probably come down more if the government got out of the drug business entirely (except to test for safety and effectiveness) and let the free market work.

  • Sion Knoxville, TN
    May 12, 2018 5:24 a.m.

    To some, Our President will never do anything right, so forget Benghazi and the other Hillary/Obama scandals. The best way to lower drug prices is not to use them. Take care of your body. In most cases diabetes, heart and strokes can be avoided by healthy lifestyles. Don’t be overweight and then complain about sore knees!

    May 11, 2018 11:27 p.m.

    My relative is on medicare part D. Each year she choses the prescription plan, by the cost of her medication. This year the company she chose charged her three times the price that the medicare site said (while under her deductable). The company said they can charge anything they want when a person hasn't covered their deductable. I find this highly dishonest.

    Why do people waste their time chosing a plan when they can charge anything they want?

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 11, 2018 9:15 p.m.

    Trump's plan is pretty much what I expected; A placebo with extreme hyperbole. Nothing more, nothing concrete, and nothing helpful. Bombast and fanfare from the President and nothing changes. Sorry, but as usual, the President has no clothes, no ideas and no plan.

  • "Hakuna Matata" Vernal, UT
    May 11, 2018 5:49 p.m.

    The powerful corporate crowd controls the government so the best of luck to all of us.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2018 5:25 p.m.

    It's a nice start but definitely not going to be a solution by itself.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    May 11, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    This is the president's plan? This is even a plan? This is a ridiculous PR campaign to somehow "prove" that trump cares about the average American struggling with drug prices and meets his campaign promises to dramatically change same.

    The trump presidency is a sick joke on the majority of Americans. And sadly so many of his sycophantic supporters can't see this.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2018 4:39 p.m.

    "President Trump has already been more productive in 1 1/2 yr. than Obama in 8 yrs."

    Cite any source that supports your claim with actual data.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 11, 2018 4:12 p.m.

    President Trump has already been more productive in 1 1/2 yr. than Obama in 8 yrs. (and unemployment is at its lowest at 3.9% in decades.) I hope there are lower prescription charges soon!

    No one in the press ever called BHO out on anything, while we, the citizens, all suffered. President Trump just keeps fulfilling more and more campaign promises even while the phony witch hunt continues on and on while Democrats prosecutors at the FBI keep raking in big salaries. Most people couldn't take that kind of pressure, but our great POTUS does daily!

    God bless America, and God bless President Trump!

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2018 3:55 p.m.

    It's going to take a Herculean effort to get change here...control of drug prices was one of the initial goals of the ACA, instead we ended up with another insurance company.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2018 3:21 p.m.

    The Donald delayed this to get a spin for giving in to big profits for big companies. Bet they all play golf together at taxpayer expense this weekend.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    May 11, 2018 3:03 p.m.

    What'll you bet Novartis drafted the proposal

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    May 11, 2018 2:47 p.m.

    The current WH re-Publican occupants plan...

    Extort as much as possible from Big Pharma through Cohen related efforts...

    Come up with a nonsense proposal...

    Laugh while Big pharma slinks away realizing they have been had like millions of others who have chose to deal with/align themselves with the current WH re-Publican occupant.

    Golf anyone?

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2018 2:37 p.m.

    Until we reverse Citizen's United and stop the massive flow of cash into campaigns, this will never change.

    Until Citizen's United is reversed through congress, our legislators work for their campaign donors, not for citizens.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 11, 2018 1:49 p.m.

    Gee. Funny how Trump's positions soften when thrown a few million dollars. I hope Trump voters see how easily, and cheaply, he sells them out. I hope they see it, but I doubt they will.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    May 11, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    I hope Trump is successful. Don't mind if I am a bit skeptical. But hope springs eternal.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 11, 2018 1:37 p.m.

    Big pharma is the proverbial goose that lays very large golden eggs, as is evidenced by the recent revelation of Novartis and its' pay to play payments to Cohen.
    There's no way trump could be expected to actually do something real for the consumers of this nation as opposed to appeasing the goose. His only option was to make unproductive noise about it, which he did.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 11, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    A snake oil salesman peddling his cure all for drug prices. Coming from the same man who's private attorney and close friend is selling Presidential access to Novartis. Seriously?