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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Thursday took his most concrete action to date on prescription drug prices, calling on Congress to pass a number of long-stalled reforms that include allowing direct price negotiation within Medicare and capping out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors.

Under the shadow of sparkling chandeliers, Biden leaned forward to make an unambiguous, personal appeal from his bully pulpit — speaking candidly about his mother, Catherine Finnegan Biden, and the expensive drugs she needed toward the end of her life.

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