"The plan continued the current system under which the government does not negotiate the prices it pays for medicines under the Medicare program, a far-reaching solution that I’ve discussed before in this space," Lieberman writes. "The 2003 law that gave seniors a drug benefit under Medicare prohibited such negotiations, which pharmaceutical manufacturers loudly and forcefully opposed. They feared that allowing the government to use its muscle to bargain over drug prices might slow their escalating increases."
This should serve as a warning to newspapers that sometimes fill their news hole with advertorial or "sponsored content," or those that allow "native advertising," essentially the digital version of editorial. "Such messages should be clearly and prominently identified as sponsored," said Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog. "Readers always deserve to know who is producing all the material they are reading."