American President Donald Trump made a live speech today to announce a measure aimed at lowering the cost of medicines in the United States. As he has been doing since he was defeated by Joe Biden in the presidential election, Trump again ignored his opponent’s victory and went so far as to claim that he was the real winner in the race.
The Republican, who has refused to cooperate with Biden’s transition team, has decided to take advantage of the last few months of the government to announce a controversial measure, which goes against the interests of the pharmaceutical industry.
Trump wants to put into effect two new laws that aim to lower the cost of prescription drugs within Medicare, the public health system aimed at the elderly aged 65 and over.
The first of these states that the health program pays the lowest price for medicines among a group of economically advanced countries, known as “most favored nations”. The second, on the other hand, establishes that Medicare patients themselves are favored with discounts on the purchase of medicines, a benefit that now passes through system intermediaries.
Both measures are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2022, but Trump acknowledged that he cannot guarantee that Biden will maintain them, in a rare admission that he will leave the White House soon.
“I just hope that they [próximo governo] keep it up. I hope you have the courage to keep it up, “said Trump, citing possible pressure from the labs.” Pharmaceutical companies don’t like me very much. But we had to do that “, said the president when announcing the measure.