February 7, 2017 / 7:44 PM / 2 years ago

Trump backs negotiating drug prices under Medicare: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump supports the government negotiating directly with drug companies on prices for drugs covered by the Medicare insurance program, the White House said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

“He’s for it,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, when asked at a briefing whether Trump still supports negotiating drug prices for the healthcare program.

Spicer said Trump was committed to using his “skills as a businessman” to drive prices down.

Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by James Dalgleish

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