TAMWORTH, N.H. — Rep. Chris Pappas strode into the Tri-County Cap, a nondescript office building nestled between a propane company and a masonry supply yard, with a laundry list of ideas for lowering prescription drugs. But what his constituents really wanted to know was whether anything would ever change.
Pappas was holding a town hall on prescription drug affordability, one of his first since being elected to the House of Representatives in November. Within minutes of taking the mic, Pappas demonstrated how well he’d prepared for the event: He railed against existing laws blocking Medicare from negotiating drug prices as “a giveaway to the drug industry that should never [have] happened” and implored the government to force drug makers to bargain. He called drug ads on TV “just a waste” and said they should be banned.