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President Donald Trump is turning up the heat on his own party over drug pricing, pressing Republicans for an ambitious solution aimed at slashing costs and taking control of a health care issue key to his 2020 reelection, Politico says. But the effort is already running into a familiar problem: Republicans on Capitol Hill have little idea what exactly the president wants, and where to start. Republican lawmakers are struggling to keep up with the evolving — and often contradictory — positions staked out by the Trump administration.

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