A federal judge just told President Trump ‘no’ and the White House is stunned. No one expected such a major setback, and it’s Americans who will suffer.
Judge Amit Mehta, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, has ruled that the Trump Administration cannot force drug companies to list their prices on TV ads. The rule was set to go into effect this week.
More specifically, the rule, which was being implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services, would’ve required companies to list the price of any drug exceeding $35 a month. Now an Obama appointee has thrown a wrench into plans.
In short, Judge Mehta claimed that HHS could not establish such a rule via its regulatory power — Congress would have to pass a law instead. But prescription drugs are one of the most heavily regulated consumer products in the country.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “It is outrageous that an Obama-appointed judge sided with big pharma to keep high drug prices secret from the American people, leaving patients and families as the real victims.”
And that’s the real story here. Trump wanted to implement a commonsense transparency rule to protect consumers, and an activist judge decided otherwise. The administration is now exploring options for its next move.
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