House and Senate lawmakers are seeking President Trump's support for a bill to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Peter Welch, D-Vt., intend to introduce the bill Wednesday. It is not clear if the bill has any chance in the Republican-controlled Congress since prior efforts to give Medicare negotiating power have gone nowhere.
But Democrats are hoping to get an assist from Trump, who backed Medicare negotiating power on the campaign trail.
Trump, however, has shown little interest in adopting Democratic policies to tackle high drug prices since assuming the presidency.
Sanders and House Democrats also sought Trump's support for a bill in February that would let Americans buy cheaper drugs from Canada. That bill has gone nowhere in Congress, and Trump never signaled his support for it.
Trump as recently as last week said that massive spending and lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry has led to a rise in drug prices.