D for Democrats, D for Part D

While we were lost in California-centric discussions about universal coverage, the House on Friday passed a measure to allow the federal government to negotiate drug price directly with pharmaceutical companies, marshalling the buying power of 43 million Medicare enrollees.

Twenty-four Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill 255-170. Of course, the fearless President Bush has already warned he would veto any such measure and who knows what will happen in the Senate.

Read about the action in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

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