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Democrats introduce bills on Medicare drug prices, state Medicaid options

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Staff Writer | October 25, 2017
Congressional Democrats introduced two new healthcare bills - one to negotiate drug prices and the other to allow individual states options to expand Medicaid.
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The moves come after Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly blocked Republican efforts this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Our Republican colleagues seem fixated on tearing down the healthcare system rather than building a system that actually works," said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico in in a statement.

Lujuan introduced the State Public Option Act, which would allow states create a public option by expanding Medicaid eligibility to any individual who wants to buy into the program.

"Our objective should be to have a competition of ideas. ... I think it's a golden age in terms of policy ideas when it comes to Democrats and health care," Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, the bill's co-sponsor, told reporters.

"We want to make sure that people understand that we have a vision for the future."