Hill Democrats double down on drug pricing

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Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't giving up on adding a drug price overhaul to President Biden's infrastructure plan

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as part of Biden’s spending package comes in defiance of the White House’s decision to drop drug pricing from its proposal, and with the party still split over how exactly to slash costs, POLITICO’s Susannah Luthi and Alice Miranda Ollstein report.Supporters of including the drug price reforms argue the party risks breaking a key campaign promise if it doesn’t pass something to get costs down soon. And after Biden on Wednesday made a more forceful case for drug pricing action than expected, some Democrats are interpreting that as tacit permission to keep lobbying for its inclusion in the eventual American Families Plan.

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“We’re going to look at every possible vehicle, starting today,” Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden said.Wyden, along with House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone, is the lead proponent of passing a drug pricing bill this year — and the two and their allies will have plenty of chances to make their case. Both E&C and the Education and Labor Committee will hold hearings on the issue next week, and the House Oversight Committee will examine drug companies’ pricing practices a couple weeks later.

Yet for Democrats, finding a consensuswithin their caucus will be more challenging than persuading the public. Progressives are eager for sweeping changes, moderates remain skeptical of provisions that would penalize drug makers, and the pharmaceutical lobby will be sure to work overtime to head off an overhaul. headtopics.com

WILL THEOF THE FUTURE BE AN ACTUAL HOME? —Across a country scarred by the pandemic, there’s new momentum forhow the country cares for dependent older adults — and a pervasive sense that the places supposed to keep dependent older adults safe should never again become dangerous breeding grounds for an infectious virus, POLITICO’s Rachel Roubein reports.

One possible solution would require a fundamental shift in how the country pays for long-term care.Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a massive, $400 billion investment in covering home and community-based services under Medicaid, covering everything from home health aides to assistance prepping meals. That’d build on the earlier aid package passed in March, which locked in the first federal funding boost for those services since Obamacare’s passage.

Meet the ambitious geriatrician who wants to deinstitutionalize care for older adults.Bill Thomas has a long track record of upending the industry, from pioneering a philosophy that gave nursing home residents more control over their lives, to bursting apart the traditional hospital-like nursing home into small, residential-style pods of private rooms.

— Thomas is now working on a new post-pandemic project.With backing from long-term care company Signature Healthcare, he’s creating a new community of small, ADA-accessible houses built close together, with communal greenspace and the intention that residents get to know their neighbors. The goal is to enable them to tap into a tight web of services — from help eating and bathing to physical therapy and nursing care. headtopics.com

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“The pendulum’s swinging to home and community-based services,” said Thomas. “And in order to make those services really work, we need better homes and better communities.”JOIN AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION, SUBSCRIBE TO "THE RECAST":Power is shifting in Washington and across the country. More people are demanding a seat at the table, insisting that all politics is personal and not all policy is equitable. “The Recast” is a twice-weekly newsletter that explores the changing power dynamics in Washington and breaks down how race and identity are recasting politics and policy across America. Get fresh insights, scoops and dispatches on this crucial intersection from across the country and hear critical new voices that challenge business as usual.

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