Our president is a socialist. His latest executive order calls for a policy that is explicitly called socialism by conservative groups.
The order would require “Medicare to pay the same price for prescription drugs as those sold in Europe and other developed nations, which often have lower prices.”
Often called drug capping, conservatives have been having fits since he first suggested it last year.
Or Grover Nyquist:
The Americans for Tax Reform’s ad begins with President Donald Trump saying, “America will never be a socialist country.”
It then quickly pivots to take aim at the administration.
“You’re right, Mr. President,” the ad continues. “But the Department of Health and Human Services is considering a plan to adopt socialist price controls from foreign countries.”
Wait. It gets better. Where does he get the authority to issue this order? From Obamacare. As the Times article says:
But it is unclear whether the White House has the authority to put the expansive order into effect. And in an odd twist, in calling for the secretary to set up the model programs, the administration is relying on its authority under the Affordable Care Act, which Mr. Trump and his fellow Republicans are trying to overturn in the Supreme Court.
In addition, Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis who covers prescription drug policy, reminded her Twitter followers on Sunday that “in December 2019, the House (led by the Democratic caucus) passed a bill that would’ve used international reference pricing to lower the price of drugs in Medicare.”
“Trump threatened to veto that bill,” she wrote.
Whenever you hear a conservative scream “socialism, socialism, socialism” remind them of this.
BTW, there isn’t a chance in hell any drug price changes will be seen before the election, because there will be a million lawsuits over the order’s legality. And it also is infuriating Big Pharma just when he needs them most. Doesn’t matter. All he wanted was to say “LOWER DRUG PRICES… FAST!” in all caps on Twitter. It’s a September surprise.