America’s seniors lost out on $150 million in prescription drug cost relief after President Donald Trump’s “botched drug deal” over a demand for $100 “Trump Cards” be mailed to seniors before the election.
“After months of heated accusations and painstaking negotiations, the White House and the pharmaceutical industry neared agreement late last month on a plan to make good on President Trump’s longstanding promise to lower drug prices. The drug companies would spend $150 billion to address out-of-pocket consumer costs and would even pick up the bulk of the co-payments that older Americans shoulder in Medicare’s prescription drug program,” The New York Times reported Saturday.
“Then the agreement collapsed. The breaking point, according to four people familiar with the discussions: Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, insisted the drug makers pay for $100 cash cards that would be mailed to seniors before November — ‘Trump Cards,’ some in the industry called them,” the newspaper reported. “Some of the drugmakers bridled at being party to what they feared would be seen as an 11th-hour political boost for Mr. Trump, the people familiar with the matter said.”
The White House was blasted for the collapse of negotiations. Here’s some of what people were saying:
Another wild story. The WH could have gotten great headlines with a solid deal. Instead, the deal soured over the desire for a PR gimmick https://t.co/YxLjFnp4D7
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 18, 2020
The Trump White House scrapped a potentially life-saving plan to mail face masks to Americans during the pandemic but reportedly pushed to send $100 cash “Trump cards” to seniors before the election. https://t.co/cvBYrCbJfL
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) September 18, 2020
$13 billion to Puerto Rico.
$100 “Trump Cards’ to seniors.
These are acts of a desperate man trying to buy votes like a mob boss.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 18, 2020
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) September 18, 2020
Trump all winter: Mail isn't safe for voting
Trump all spring: Mail isn't safe for voting
Trump all summer: Mail isn't safe for voting
Trump it turns out: Wanted to mail "Trump cards" worth cash to pay for prescriptions.
Because thieves definitely don't want cash, only to vote.
— JRehling (@JRehling) September 18, 2020
There is no bottom. Can we make the GOP socially unacceptable like we did with cigarettes. I mean one is a leading cause of cancer and the other is a Cancer.
— Republican Swine (@RepublicanSwine) September 18, 2020
The $100 Trump Cards the Administration wanted drug companies to send seniors before the election isn't much different than handing people $20 bills as they go to vote.
— W. M. (@Minuteman04) September 18, 2020
Oy. Per @jmartNYT / @maggieNYT, the White House blew up a deal on Rx drug prices after pharmaceutical companies wouldn't pay to send consumers $100 "cash cards" (which the WH insists wouldn't have been branded w/ POTUS' signature like the CARES Act checks) https://t.co/ewBRNvBUy3
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 18, 2020
Any one of these stories should have ended trump's term, let alone his chances of reelection.
ANY ONE OF THEM.
And that's JUST THE LAST FIVE MINUTES.
— Isa-Lee Wolf (@IsaLeeWolf) September 18, 2020
Trump Cards, a gift card from the guy who killed your relatives.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 18, 2020
So this orange POS is so worried about his re-election that he killed a multi-billion deal with big pharma to lower drug prices by insisting $100 “Trump cards” be send to the elderly before the election. Sorry seniors, the President sucks.
Everything Trump touches DIES.
— November Rain (@EricaResists45) September 18, 2020
Define Trump Cards
To Buy Votes or to be precise – To get other people to pay, for Trump to buy votes.
Classic corruption model.
— Sue Me (@IAmHighOnHeels) September 18, 2020
Imagine trying to buy votes with the "Trump Cards" and Big Pharma having more morals than you…
— 🍞Bread🍞 (@Thebreadgamer) September 18, 2020
The Trump Administration has managed to do what was previously deemed impossible: They made the pharmaceutical industry look like the good guys for refusing to take part in a White House gimmick that would send $100 "Trump cards" to elderly voters.https://t.co/94ouBqHgZB
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) September 18, 2020
If they were really Trump Cards, they'd get declined. https://t.co/bCm9MvLPzL
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) September 18, 2020