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HHS Negotiating Authority Should Be Medicare Law's Only Change – Kennedy

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In a letter to President Bush, Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Waxman (D-Calif.) say that giving HHS the authority to negotiate pharmaceutical prices would save $190 bil. over the next decade, with no reduction in benefits.

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