Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of a “transparent and pathetic attempt to bribe” seniors for their votes after Trump vowed to send $200 prescription drug discount cards to more than 30 million Medicare recipients just weeks ahead of the November election.
Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, called Trump’s highly dubious promise “bizarre” and said that “seniors and all Americans don’t need Trump cards, they need real solutions to rip-off drug prices,” which have continued to soar during Trump’s presidency despite his repeated vows to lower them.
“The solution to outlandishly high pharmaceutical prices is not to give people money to offset extortionate drug prices; the solution is to end price gouging altogether,” Weissman said in a statement.
This is a transparent and pathetic attempt to bribe votes.
The solution to high pharma prices is not giving people money to offset extortionate drug prices; the solution is to end price gouging altogether. https://t.co/YyTEGvlJqA
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) September 24, 2020
During a speech on healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, Trump claimed that “the cards will be mailed out in coming weeks” and declared he “will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens.”
“Nobody’s seen this before, these cards are incredible,” the president said. “Joe Biden won’t be doing this.”
The New York Times reported last week that in private negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry, the Trump administration demanded that companies “pay for $100 cash cards that would be mailed to seniors before November.”
“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 Times reported, noting that the demand was the “breaking point” in the now-collapsed talks.
A White House spokesperson told STAT on Thursday that the $7 billion in funding for the discount cards would come from savings produced by Trump’s so-called “most favored nations” drug pricing proposal, which has not yet been implemented.
“The Trump administration is effectively pledging to spend $6.6 billion in savings that do not currently exist,” STAT reported.
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The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president's hotel.
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GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report
Politics and religion are colliding out west after comments a Republican senator made while stumping for the president.
"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.
"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."