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The White House stunned health care experts last month when it declared it was abandoning its efforts to reform drug pricing in the major domestic spending package moving through Congress, but unlike earlier in the talks, moderate Democrats weren’t the holdouts. This time, it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi who dealt the blow, STAT tells us. It was her behind-the-scenes opposition, which has not been previously reported, that prompted the White House to declare the issue dead — a surprising role for Pelosi, given her decades of long support for sweeping efforts to lower drug prices. The multiple near-collapses and resurrections of the recent negotiations over drug-pricing reform underscore how momentous it was, for Democrats, when they finally did announce a drug pricing deal last week.

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