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President Trump’s brief remarks on drug pricing during the State of the Union address appeared uncontroversial as he urged Congress to pass a bipartisan drug pricing bill, STAT says. Democrats, however, came armed with a surprisingly strong response: From the back of the House chamber, dozens of lawmakers stood, held up three fingers, and unleashed a three-syllable chant: “H.R. 3.” They were touting House Resolution 3, the aggressive bill Democrats passed in December that would allow Medicare to directly negotiate the price of up to 250 drugs.

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