WASHINGTON — Both hospitals and drug makers are on the hook to help pay for the Senate’s grand infrastructure bargain, though hospitals scored a big victory in defending their Covid-19 relief dollars.
A group of senators and the White House announced they had reached a $550 billion agreement to fund traditional infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and broadband. They turned to health care policy as a piggy bank, proposing cuts to drug makers and hospitals to pay for their wish list, according to a list circulating on Capitol Hill and K Street. The negotiating group has not officially distributed details of the deal, Senate aides said.
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