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Drug prices Under the Democratic leadership plan, companies that refuse to comply with negotiations would find themselves slapped with an excise tax equivalent to 50 percent of sales on the drug in the previous year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As House Democrats hash out a proposal empowering the federal government’s top health official to negotiate lower drug prices, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking it a step further and pushing a plan that could benefit even those Americans with private health insurance.

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