He’s reducing the cost of drugs the same way he is responding to the opioid epidemic: by saying whatever sounds good at the moment and then.
As with all policy issues that require more than a tweet, Trump will simply follow the
So the real question is what are congressional Republicans willing to do about drug costs. The answer to that is simple: nothing.
Congress is willing – in fact eager – to hold hearings in which they get. But those hearings are never followed up by legislation. They are purely theater.
There is no incentive for Congress in general and Republicans in particular to act. In both the ACA repeal efforts and the tax bill, we saw that Republicans were more than willing to push forward bills that were, but which were strongly favored by their donor class.
Pharma companies are very much a part of that donor class, as theyRepublicans are not going to cross them. Not now, not ever.
Trump can say whatever he wants. But there will be no drug price control measures enacted under his watch.