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Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

Health
This is a Kaiser Health News story. President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu. Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television ads to changing the rebates that flow between drugmakers and industry middlemen. Thursday, Trump proposed having Medicare base what it pays for some expensive drugs on the average prices in other industrialized countries, such as France and Germany, where prices are much lower. The proposal is in the early stages of rule-making and awaiting public comments. The U.S., Trump said, will “confront one of the most...
Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Entertainment
Kanye West appeared to stun Donald Trump into silence as he delivered an expletive-filled rant at the White House. Meeting the president in front of reporters and photographers in the Oval Office, the superstar rapper gave Mr Trump little chance to speak as he made a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff address.He sported a "Make America Great Again" hat - popularised during the president's campaign in 2016 - and revealed that his friends had tried to scare him into not wearing it.Nevertheless, he said he had "enough balls to put on this hat" as it made him feel like "superman", adding: "People expect that if you're black, you have to be Democrat." Image: Kanye West shows Donald Trump his mobile phone in the Oval Office Speaking...
Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

Health
It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely, and suffering health problems that they otherwise would not have, than elsewhere in the country, when compared to health impacts of the Obama plan. Knotts, a coal miner for 35 ye...
China may have 'underestimated' Trump's resolve 

China may have 'underestimated' Trump's resolve 

Business
A White House adviser says Beijing has underestimated Donald Trump in its trade dispute, raising the spectre of an escalating trade war.  Beijing has accused the United States of "extreme pressure and blackmailing" and vowed to retaliate after Mr Trump threatened more tariffs on $ 200bn of Chinese products.The United States has now imposed tariffs on up to $ 450bn in Chinese goods, out of a total of $ 500bn of imports."The fundamental reality is that talk is cheap," White House adviser Peter Navarro told reporters on a conference call, adding Beijing "may have underestimated the resolve of President Donald J. Trump"."If they thought that they could buy us off cheap with a few extra products sold and allow them to continue to steal our intellectual property and crown je...
US child migrants: Melania calls for end to Trump's separation policy

US child migrants: Melania calls for end to Trump's separation policy

World
US First Lady Melania Trump has called for an end to the policy of separating parents and children illegally entering the country from Mexico.Mrs Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," her spokeswoman said.Her comments follow growing controversy over President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy. In a recent six-week period there were nearly 2,000 family separations.Adults who try to cross the border, many planning to seek asylum, are placed in custody and face criminal prosecution for illegal entry. As a result, hundreds of minors are now being housed in detention centres, and kept away from their parents - a policy which rights groups have criticised as unp...