Nev. gov. calls for state to be first caucus in the nation

Volunteers for various campaigns talk to voters as they enter a presidential caucus site at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nev., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

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UPDATED 4:22 PM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

The governor of Nevada has said he believes his state should replace Iowa as the first-in-the-nation caucus. On Saturday, Steve Sisolak suggested that Nevada deserves to be first in the nominating process because it’s more reflective of the country as a whole.

“I think Nevada should go first, I really do,” stated Sisolak. “You’ve got a lot of great candidates…that didn’t have the money to continue and didn’t get to Nevada, and that was lot of the diversity in the field.”

The governor touted the state’s diverse population, which he said included communities of African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ members, veterans and the disabled. He also claimed it could be a game-changer for minority candidates.

“You’ve got minority candidates (who) couldn’t make it to Nevada, and that’s really unfortunate,” said Sisolak. “Those are voices that should be heard.”

State residents took to caucus sites on Saturday to cast their vote for the Democrat nomination. Nevada is the first contest to be held in a western state in the 2020 election cycle.

According to early results, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) doubled the county delegate lead against his closet rival in the state, former Vice President Joe Biden. 2020 hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) trailed the former vice president, but are still hoping to make crucial gains ahead of the upcoming South Carolina primary.

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Nevada Democrat Party asks caucus volunteers to sign nondisclosure agreements

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo sign in on tablet computers at an early voting location in the Chinatown Plaza, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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Nevada’s Democrat Party has reportedly asked volunteers working during Saturday’s caucus to sign nondisclosure agreements, which will prevent them from speaking with the media. A former volunteer provided CNN with a copy of the agreement on Friday and said he could not sign off on it “in good conscience.”

A spokesperson for the state’s party has claimed the agreements are “standard procedure.” However, aides that participated in the Iowa caucus have said they were not asked to sign NDAs.

Nevada’s Democrat caucus is slated to take place this weekend.

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, a woman votes at an early voting location at the culinary workers union hall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Meanwhile, Congress is expected to receive a briefing on election security next month. According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House and Senate will receive separate briefings on March 10th.

Recent reports claimed Russia has been “actively working” to reelect President Trump by interfering in the 2020 campaign.

The president later railed against this on Twitter, calling these reports a Democrat-led “misinformation campaign.”

The security briefing is scheduled for the week after Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states will be voting in their primary elections.

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Report: Nev. caucus can be anybody’s game

People wait in line at an early voting location at the culinary workers union hall, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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The Nevada caucus is just one day away and all eyes will be on the minority vote. Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, the Battle Born State has a much higher level of diversity. In fact, its a majority-minority state with nearly a third of voters being Latino. On top of this, its the first West Coast state to vote, which strategists said will set the stage for the rest of the West.

“I like to think of Nevada as the true start of the presidential primary for Democrats because Nevada is majority people of color,” stated Aimee Allison, Founder of She The People. “Women of color represent 26 percent of the electorate.”

As a result, Democrat presidential contenders have pulled out all the stops in recent weeks in preparation for the caucus. Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer picketed alongside the state’s Culinary Union Wednesday in support of better benefits.

“I think that I am the person who can take on Trump on the stage on economics,” stated presidential candidate Tom Steyer.

Bernie Sanders focused on reaching out to the working class and Spanish speakers through a series of local rallies this week.

Mike Bloomberg continued to fund his unprecedented ad blitz across the nation. However, despite these efforts, the highly-anticipated endorsement of the state’s Culinary Union has been withheld. The powerhouse 60,000 member organization opted out of endorsement this year. Officials said instead, they’re endorsing key goals rather than a candidate.

“We are actually not telling anybody who to vote for,” stated Cristhian Barneond, Culinary Union member. “We’re just reminding them to go and make their voice heard.”

The move came as a major blow to Democrat contenders looking to stand out in the crowded field of candidates. Especially as reports said, the Union has the capability to make or break the results in Nevada.

Moving forward, strategists said the Union has left the door wide open for the taking as Democrats struggle to unite behind any one candidate.

Geoconda Arguello-Kline, right, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union, speaks at a news conference to announce the union’s decision to stay out of the state’s Democratic presidential caucuses and not endorse a candidate, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Report: Billionaire behind botched Iowa caucus vote was involved in 2017 smear campaign in Ala.

File -LinkedIn co-founder and billionare Reid Hoffman is pictured.(Tobias Hase/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Photo)

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A group behind the botched Democrat Iowa caucus appears to have a connection to a disinformation campaign in Alabama’s special election back in 2017.

According to recent reports, billionaire Reid Hoffman has supported a non-profit group called ‘Acronym,’ which developed an app that has been blamed for the failed vote count in the Iowa caucuses.

The billionaire also partially financed a smear campaign against Judge Roy Moore, who ran for U.S. Senate in Alabama in 2017. Hoffman’s role in the disinformation campaign in Alabama was uncovered by the New York Times in 2018.

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Roy Moore speaks to the media after he rode in on a horse to vote in Gallant, Ala. Moore says he’s considering a fresh run for Senate in 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Moore warned these smear tactics could be used again.

“Government itself got involved using Russian tactics against the Alalbama Senate race in 2017 and there is a report called after action report of Project Birmingham,” explained the judge. “…basically, that money comes from special interests, lobbyists in Washington, and that’s the problem with our government.”

Hoffman has acknowledged and apologized for his meddling with the 2017 Alabama election. He has yet to comment on his reported involvement with Iowa caucuses this year.

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Nev. Democrat Party gears up for state caucus

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The state of Nevada is gearing up for its presidential primary vote. However, some residents are concerned over how the Democrat caucus will be run following the chaotic vote in Iowa earlier this month.

“I’m hoping we have success with the caucus. Knowing the people that are running the caucus, I expect it to be screwed up. They have a track record of screwing up the caucus. They screwed up Iowa a couple of weeks ago. The same people are saying that everything was going to be good again, so we’ll see.” – Mark Edward Rumpler, local business owner

The state’s Democrat Party has assured voters that a plan is in place to count votes and announce the results in a timely manner.

“When everything went the way it went in Iowa, we had contingencies in place (and) we evaluated those contingencies to pick the best plan,” stated Chairwoman Donna West. “We are now in the process of providing pretty much around the clock training to everybody that is a precinct chair or a site lead.”

Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez expressed optimism that the caucus would run smoothly. On Wednesday, he said he was confident this time would be more successful.

“I have a lot of confidence in Nevada,” said Perez. “We have gone to school on the lessons of Iowa (and) we’re as low-tech as humanly possible while still preserving efficiency.”

The chairman concluded by saying thousands of caucus volunteers have already been recruited and trained for the vote this Saturday.

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, a volunteer holds a Presidential Preference Card before the start of a Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Despite some uncertainty, most voters have said they’re excited to pick their candidate.

“I don’t see (Democrats) them promising anything better than what we have going on right now,” said one local. “The market’s going up, the job increase here is going up.”

While early voting has been open since Saturday, the official caucus will be held on February 22nd.

“We’re one of the most diverse states in the nation, and we are certainly the first state of diversity to vote,” said West. “If we want to know how America is going to vote, watch the Nevada results.”

Democratic caucus-goers wait more than an hour in line in an early caucus ballot precinct site at an AFL-CIO union office in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo by Ken Ritter)

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Iowa Democrat Party agrees to partial caucus result recanvass

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The Iowa Democrat Party has accepted requests from two presidential campaigns for a partial recanvass of the caucus results. On Wednesday, party Chairman Troy Price sent letters to the Sanders and Buttigieg campaigns to inform them of the decision.

The process is expected to last two days and will begin on Sunday. The candidates will get more information about cost and a timeline on Friday before having to decide if they want to move forward.

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

After days of delay, the state party released results last week, which showed Buttigieg narrowly leading Sanders. However, they failed to declare a winner outright.

“In every step of the process, we have held high our responsibility to not rush to judgement, to ensure the information we share are the facts and nothing else, and to stay focused on our end goal and not let distractions hamper us from our progress,” stated Price.

The requests for a recanvass cover 82 precincts and all 61 in-state satellite sites. Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign has signaled it may request a recount in the future.

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Iowa Democrat Party Chair calls for probe into caucus

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The chair of the Iowa Democrat Party is calling for an independent investigation into what went wrong with the caucus this week. On Friday, Troy Price said while 100 percent of reporting has been achieved, delays and inconsistencies have hindered the final result.

Price added the review will take as long as needed.

“We will be undergoing an independent forensic review of the challenges that we saw on Monday night,” he said. “What went right, what went wrong, from start to finish, and what we can do better in the future.”

The Iowa Democrat Party will also give 2020 campaigns the chance to submit evidence of inconsistencies and file a request for a recanvass. Candidates will have until noon on Monday to submit discrepancy claims from the caucus results.

“This morning, we informed campaigns of two new steps over the coming days to ensure that the numbers we reported match the records from caucus night,” stated Price. “First, we are providing presidential campaigns the opportunity to submit evidence of data entry inaccuracies, and we will work to make necessary corrections.”

The chairman went on to say “the IDP will compare the reported numbers with the results from caucus night to ensure the integrity of their reporting.”

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

According to reports, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won 13 pledged delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders took 12 from the flawed Iowa caucus. Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren walked away with eight delegates, former Vice President Joe Biden got six and Sen. Amy Klobuchar received one. The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to finalize those numbers.

The Associated Press calculated how the 40 delegates would be distributed, revealing an extra delegate yet to be claimed. Many believe it could be withheld due to the chaos surrounding the precincts’ reporting.

However, this may give Buttigieg and Sanders an opportunity to tie for the top spot. This would make quite the déjà vu for Sanders, who virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016.

The Iowa Democratic Party will hold a press conference to provide updates next Monday.

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. The next Democratic debate is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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According to reports, there were still problems with the final results in the Iowa caucus, following a disastrous delay in the state’s vote count. The final results were released Thursday night, showing former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) neck-and-neck with 26.2 and 26.1 percent of the votes.

As the results trickled in amid a so-called “quality control” check, the New York Times published an analysis, which found there were multiple inconsistencies in the vote count. Namely, in some precincts the candidate who received the most final alignment votes did not receive the correct amount of state delegate equivalents.

In other cases, candidates lost votes between what was called the first alignment votes, which is who voters supported heading into the caucus. Additionally, candidates lost votes between the final alignment votes, which should have been impossible according to the states rules.

While the errors were not profound enough to warrant speculation of favoritism for a single candidate, the legitimacy of the results may come into question because Sanders and Buttigieg were within 0.1 percentage point from each other. Despite the uncertainty, Sanders decided to declare victory in Iowa.

“In a election with voter turnout of approximately 180,000 people and with eight strong candidates competing, a victory margin of some 6,000 votes is pretty decisive,” he stated.

Although Sanders technically trailed behind Buttigieg in delegate equivalents, he still got thousands more individual votes than his rival. That’s because Iowa weighs some districts more than others in order to provide rural areas with a larger voice than they would have otherwise.

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes a question from the audience at a campaign stop at the Merrimack American Legion, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

This comes after Buttigieg prematurely declared victory Monday night, even though no official votes had even been counted yet.

“What a night, because tonight an improbable hope became an undeniable reality,” claimed the former Indiana mayor. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden posted a lackluster performance, finishing fourth in the state behind Elizabeth Warren. While heading into Iowa, Biden was touted by many Democrats as the most electable candidate, but after Iowa that standing is likely to be called into question.

Candidates are now preparing for the upcoming primary vote in New Hampshire, where Sanders and Warren are expected to dominate.

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Report: Yang lays off staffers after Iowa caucus finish

Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks during the New Hampshire Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang is reportedly laying off dozens of staffers after a disappointing finish in Iowa. According to reports, Yang laid off his national political and policy directors as well as the deputy national political director.

He finished in sixth place with just one percent of delegates in the Iowa caucuses.

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 photo, a staffer takes down a poster after Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke at a campaign stop at 7 Hills Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

However, his campaign claimed this move was a planned effort to downsize. A Yang campaign official insisted there were previous plans to reduce the size of his organization after Iowa.

“As part of our original plans following the Iowa caucuses, we are winding down our Iowa operations and restructuring to compete as the New Hampshire primary approaches,” stated campaign manager Zach Graumann. “These actions are a natural evolution of the campaign post-Iowa, same as other campaigns have undertaken, and Andrew Yang is going to keep fighting for the voices of the more than 400,000 supporters who have donated to the campaign and placed a stake in the future of our country.”

Fundraising reports said the campaign had more than 230 staffers.

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez calls for recanvass of Iowa caucus results following errors

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, speaks before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. Perez is calling for a “recanvass” of the results of Monday’s Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The confusion surrounding the Iowa caucus continues as more inconsistencies and errors appeared in the latest results. According to new reports, data is missing in some cases. The wrong number of delegates was given to candidates and the Iowa Democrat Party’s results don’t match the data from some precincts.

However, there’s no evidence anyone tried to rig the caucus and election officials are blaming technical errors on delays in getting results together.

In this Feb. 4, 2020 photo, a pedestrian walks past a sign for the Iowa Caucuses on a downtown skywalk, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It remains unclear when the rest of the results to be released. Only 97 percent of results have been released so far.

As of Thursday morning, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were virtually tied for first place, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

The Democratic National Committee has called for an immediate recanvassing of those results. On Thursday, Chairman Tom Perez tweeted that “enough is enough” and said a recanvass needs to be done to reassure public confidence.

This would require local election officials to go through each caucus card all over again.

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Reports: Iowa’s Democrat Party knew of problems with election app one week before caucus date

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt Hight School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Officials in Iowa reportedly knew there were problems with the mobile app used to tally the results in Monday’s caucus. The state’s Democrat Party released a statement late Monday to announce its decision to delay the release of the official results. They cited “inconsistencies” in the results as the reason for the postponement.

The Democrats went on to specify the delay was not because of a hack in an apparent effort to quell possible theories of election interference. On top of the supposed “inconsistencies,” however, many county chairs in Iowa have said they reported problems with the new app in the week before the caucus date. One chair from Polk County said not only were there unresolved problems with the app, but local Democrat officials weren’t provided any training on how to use it.

There were also reports of the phone lines being backed up for counties to report their results, with some reports suggesting county officials were on-hold for over an hour. Many counties were forced to switch to recording the votes on paper. Despite all this, the state’s Democrat Party has assured voters the underlying reporting was sound, but it would take time to tally the votes.

During the so-called “quality checks,” multiple candidates addressed their supporters with all of them claiming to be doing well in the state.

“Thank you, thank you and let me begin by stating that I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point, the results will be announced,” said Bernie Sanders. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling, we’re going to be doing very well here in Iowa.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Elizabeth Warren also expressed hopefulness in Iowa. “This is the moment we have been called to, our moment to make history, our moment to dream big,” she told her supporters. “Fight hard and win.”

Besides being the first state to kick-off the presidential primaries, Iowa’s caucus has also historically been a good predictor of who will go on to win the Democrat primary. Seven of the past 10 Democrat presidential nominees won in Iowa.

Most Democrat contenders headed over to New Hampshire Monday night in anticipation of the state’s primaries, which are scheduled for February 11, 2020.

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Pelosi, progressive caucus clash over drug pricing legislation

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The Trump administration says forcing hospitals and insurance companies to disclose, up front, the full cost of all medical treatment will bring prices down by helping people shop for better deals; critics say studies show most Americans will skip or delay medical treatment if they know it's going to cost them a lot of money.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing intraparty opposition ahead of a vote on drug pricing legislation that progressives have complained doesn't go far enough in regulating costs for Americans.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) — along with progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — pushed for more aggressive cost control.

According to Politico, CPC co-chairs Pramila Jayapal, D-Wa., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., have privately said they had enough votes to reject the bill.

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While the bill likely won't gain traction in the GOP-led Senate, it could serve as an opportunity for Democrats to advance a drug pricing plan as the administration advocated its own.

The Democrats' legislation would focus on allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices on the most expensive drugs. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the plan would save the agency $345 billion over a decade.

But according to the White House, it would block 100 drugs from reaching the market by threatening a 95 percent excise tax on sales of drugs that don't abide by Health and Human Services' pricing. Pelosi's plan would presumably have a more wide-reaching impact in that it would make negotiated drug prices available to everyone — not just those with Medicare.

If progressives shoot down the legislation, it would likely feed the White House's narrative that progressives are thwarting the will of the leadership. "Is anyone surprised their socialist 2020 candidates want to drive their party even further left?" Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Michael Joyce told Fox News.

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On Monday, Pelosi reportedly called the potential insurrection a "bad idea." She's currently leading her caucus in what appears to be a united front in impeaching President Trump. A progressive revolt could disrupt that unified image as Democrats head into the 2020 primary season. Leading candidates have promised bold reform like "Medicare-for-all," a prospect that could look even less likely if House Democrats are unable to compromise on drug pricing.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an icon of the House's progressive wing, will likely oppose the legislation. “They stripped out everything that looked like progress,” spokesperson Corbin Trent said, according to The Intercept. Jayapal, in particular, has pushed for cost controls that would block price hikes beyond the rate of inflation.

Ocasio-Cortez previously clashed with leadership over a bipartisan bill funding immigration enforcement agencies during the migrant crisis. Pelosi has also indicated that the New York congresswoman wouldn't get leadership's support while pushing her signature Green New Deal. She's also said she's "not a big fan of Medicare-for-all," a policy favored by Jayapal, Warren, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez.

Pelosi's office has described the bill — titled the "Lower Drug Costs Now Act" — as "bold action to level the playing field for American patients and taxpayers."

But according to the right-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the plan would result in shortages and hurt new research and development.

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"Exorbitant healthcare costs are a direct product of decades of increasing government interference in the marketplace," CEI research fellow Patrick Hedger said in a statement to Fox News. "Ratcheting-up this interference, particularly with simplistic price controls, has predictable and undesirable results.”

On Monday, House Republicans introduced an alternative for drug pricing — the "Lower Costs, More Cures Act" — that would limit annual out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries, among other things.

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