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The White House signaled President Donald Trump’s blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, the Associated Press reports. Although lowering drug prices is a mutual objective and a top concern for Americans across party lines, a senior White House official says the Pelosi plan is “unworkable” and Trump will instead support bipartisan legislation pending in the Senate. The falling-out imperils chances for legislation this year, already seen as a long shot.

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