The US administration is trying to revive President Donald Trump's stalled election-eve plan to send millions of Medicare recipients a $200 prescription discount card, as reported by ABC news.
A person familiar with the matter says that government agencies still face legal questions about the plan, besides contending with the logistics of sending an estimated 39 million people a functional card in the midst of the holiday season without the benefit of much advance planning.
White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed the administration is continuing to move forward, saying "it's simply good policy, and demonstrates President Trump is continuing to deliver on his promises to our nation’s seniors to lower drug prices."
The idea is that seniors would use the cards to save $200 off their prescription copays, and if Trump can manage to start distribution before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in January 20, the new administration might be hard pressed to stop it, ABC news said.
However, the cost to taxpayers has been estimated as high as $7.8 billion, not counting administrative expenses, while the spending has not been authorized by Congress.
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