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ICYMI: Top Trump Advisers Discuss GOP Need to Act on Health Care at Retreat with Senators

February 27,2020

Peter Sullivan

February 27, 2020

Two
top advisers to President Trump on Wednesday discussed with GOP senators the
need for Republicans to lower drug prices and act on health care costs ahead of
the election, according to people familiar with the meeting.

The
discussion came at a retreat for GOP senators on Wednesday, where Trump’s
campaign manager Brad Parscale and adviser Jared Kushner spoke.

Kushner
made a favorable mention of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and his work on drug
prices, according to a source familiar with the meeting. The White House is
supporting a bill from Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to lower drug
prices…

“Read
the polls, for the American people it’s drug costs and price of health care
overall,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told The Hill when asked about the meeting.

Asked
about Parscale and Kushner, Cassidy said, “They’re looking at the same polling
data that we’re looking at.”

“I
was glad it was brought up there, with the White House, with Jared Kushner and
Parscale weighing in,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said of the need to lower
health care costs. “They seemed favorable towards our needing to do something
rather than be mum on the subject.”

Grassley
told The Hill that some of the comments from senators in the meeting reflected
that shift.

“We
aren’t talking enough about health care and that repeal and replace doesn’t
work anymore, you better start talking about lowering prices,” he said.

A
Politico-Harvard poll this month found 80 percent of the public ranked lowering
the cost of health care as “extremely” or “very” important, with the bipartisan
support of 89 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of Republicans.

Democrats,
meanwhile, see health care as their winning issue in the campaign, after they
won back the House in 2018 by highlighting GOP ObamaCare repeal efforts that
would weaken pre-existing condition protections.

Grassley
argues his bill is the only one that can appeal to both parties.

“My
bill is the only bipartisan bill that can get through Congress,” he said.



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