Of all the promises President Donald Trump made for theearly part of his term, controlling stinging drug prices might have seemed theeasiest to achieve.

An angry public overwhelmingly wants change in an easilyvilified industry. Big pharma’s recent publicity nightmare includedthousand-percent price increases and a smirking CEO who said, “I liken myself to therobber barons.” Even powerful members of Congress from both partieshave said that drug prices are too high.

But any momentum to address prescription drug costs — a problemthat a large number of Americans now believegovernment should solve — has been lost amid rancorous debates over replacing Obamacare and stalled byroadblocks erected via lobbying and industry cash.

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