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For Medicare enrollees Trump’s drug price plan can’t come soon enough | CNBC

Seventy-eight-year-old Willie Dawson is hoping President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to bring down high drug prices.

She has to juggle her bills to pay for the dozen or so medications she takes to treat conditions that include hypertension and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease.

“This month alone, it is running me close to $150. … Everything had to be filled,” Dawson said. “It’s called a very tight budget I must deal with.”

She’s put off paying her doctor bills this month and will try to stretch out some of her prescriptions by taking some every other day. But she’s worried how she’ll manage on a fixed retirement income if prices keep going up.

“One of the medications that I have been taking for a long time started out at $5, and this month it has tripled to $15,” she said. “It is very important that they go after these high prices.”

Senior administration officials say Trump will outline a multipart blueprint called American Patients First, which will aim to “create incentives for lower list prices” and get “government rules out of the way that are preventing seniors from getting better deals.”

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For Medicare enrollees Trump’s drug price plan can’t come soon enough.

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