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WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who will determine how much domestic policy his party will accomplish for the rest of the year, said Tuesday that Democrats’ health care policy priorities are a no-go without tax reform.

“If you don’t fix the tax code, you don’t do anything. You can’t continue to throw caution to the wind, it’s not responsible. People think [you’ve] got to do something. No,” Manchin said when asked about the prospects for health care policy reform at a meeting of the American Hospital Association.


Manchin did, however, express particular openness to prescription drug pricing reform.

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