Blister pack with dollars instead of pills One sticking point of the bill is the lack of provision that’s been key for progressives—that federal officials be authorized to negotiate prices directly on at least 250 drugs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It was negotiated behind closed doors, with progressive Democrats shut out of the process, so it’s an open question how they’ll react when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, unveils her drug pricing bill.

Politico reports that the agreement has left progressives in the dark; they fear that it will fall substantially short of their goals to cut drug prices for Americans. Pelosi’s goal is to get the legislation passed by Thanksgiving, but with details scarce it’s tough to predict how successful that will be.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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