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After months of debate, the Obama administration has scrapped a controversial plan to overhaul Medicare Part B that was designed to reduce drug costs for the government program.

The decision is not a surprise, given the Trump administration will soon take office with its own set of health care priorities. But the move is a victory for physician groups and the pharmaceutical industry that lobbied hard against the proposal, which would have encouraged greater use of less expensive, but equally effective medicines covered by Part B. The program pays for injectable and infused drugs for the elderly.

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  • Ah, the sin of proposing a cost reduction measure when the party opposed to you doesn’t like the program to begin with. Oh, wait, this wasn’t the ACA – it’s Medicare Part B… well, then again, hmmm?

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