The White House will not be able initiate President Donald Trump's campaign promise to give older people in the US discount cards to use for medicine, as reported Politico.
"It would take days to get all the sign-offs we still need, plus the time to print the letters and make the cards," said one official involved in the process, adding that "we ran out of time."
Trump said last September that Medicare recipients would receive "incredible" $200 cards in the "coming weeks."
However, an internal memo showed that the health department's top lawyer warned that Trump's plan could violate the law by using taxpayer funds in such a way so close to Election Day and recommended that the Justice Department review the proposal.
Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office agreed to review the programme's legality, and drug policy researchers criticised the idea, saying it was a poor use of Medicare funds and would do little to decrease Medicare recipients' medical costs.
Still, White House officials repeatedly insisted that the cards were still forthcoming, but health department officials said that the timeline was never realistic, given the number of unresolved issues.
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