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:
"We could not agree to the administration’s plan to issue one-time savings cards right before a presidential electi… https://t.co/AR8VR7MdlR— Alex Burns (@Alex Burns)1600463402.0
Another wild story. The WH could have gotten great headlines with a solid deal. Instead, the deal soured over the d… https://t.co/v7hNFMnBt4— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler)1600463123.0
The Trump White House scrapped a potentially life-saving plan to mail face masks to Americans during the pandemic b… https://t.co/dsh3UUTFod— Geoff Bennett (@Geoff Bennett)1600466338.0
$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 🏳️🌈)1600465787.0
So apparently Trump's pharma deal fell apart because big pharma refused to mail out $100 Trump Cards to seniors rig… https://t.co/t428nREy7U— ANTIFA means Anti-fascist (@ANTIFA means Anti-fascist)1600464908.0
Just when you think you've reached the bottom with @realDonaldTrump you pick up today's paper. Deal on Drug Price… https://t.co/fFoWyzalx3— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1600463091.0
Trump all winter: Mail isn't safe for voting Trump all spring: Mail isn't safe for voting Trump all summer: Mail is… https://t.co/26AmD7ucGw— JRehling (@JRehling)1600465471.0
Trump Cards There is no bottom. Can we make the GOP socially unacceptable like we did with cigarettes. I mean one… https://t.co/7JAYPa6TCg— Republican Swine (@Republican Swine)1600465757.0
Trump Cards would have been affordable because @realDonaldTrump has killed so many seniors. https://t.co/QFNRhpPr6T— 𝓝𝓪𝓷𝓪𝓰𝓮𝓭𝓭𝓸𝓷: 🎅Viva El Presidente Jose🎅 (@𝓝𝓪𝓷𝓪𝓰𝓮𝓭𝓭𝓸𝓷: 🎅Viva El Presidente Jose🎅)1600466408.0
The $100 Trump Cards the Administration wanted drug companies to send seniors before the election isn't much differ… https://t.co/BUhSEZ5jpt— W. M. (@W. M.)1600466583.0
Oy. Per @jmartNYT / @maggieNYT, the White House blew up a deal on Rx drug prices after pharmaceutical companies wou… https://t.co/byybeGr8qY— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1600462943.0
Any one of these stories should have ended trump's term, let alone his chances of reelection. ANY ONE OF THEM. An… https://t.co/LU1dWmWDEO— Isa-Lee Wolf (@Isa-Lee Wolf)1600465197.0
Trump Cards, a gift card from the guy who killed your relatives.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1600465876.0
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 (@Sue Me)1600466221.0
Imagine trying to buy votes with the "Trump Cards" and Big Pharma having more morals than you...— 🍞Bread🍞 (@🍞Bread🍞)1600466632.0
The Trump Administration has managed to do what was previously deemed impossible: They made the pharmaceutical indu… https://t.co/mjlPCHW8BH— Bill Grueskin (@Bill Grueskin)1600463485.0
If they were really Trump Cards, they'd get declined. https://t.co/bCm9MvLPzL— Thor Benson (@Thor Benson)1600466427.0