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This article is re-posted to attack Kyrsten Sinema who takes much power in reining in drug pricing policy

Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that Sinema forced Democrats to narrow a provision of the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act.



In Washington At a roundtable on Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., had forced Democrats to compromise on a crucial part of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act.

Manchin made a reference to his fellow centrist senator while bemoaning the lack of more aggressive drug pricing provisions while praising the advantages of the new law for West Virginia at a gathering in his home state. The legislation’s historic provision gives Medicare the authority to bargain prices with the pharmaceutical sector for the first time.

“We could basically — competition — let them go out and bargain, and we can save a lot of money to a lot of people and take the burden off,” he stated in reference to Medicare and prescription medications.

In a video of the occasion that was seen by NBC News, Manchin remarked, “We had a senator from Arizona who basically didn’t allow us go as far as we needed to go with our negotiations and made us wait two years.” “Those kinds of things – I don’t challenge anyone; everyone is responding to their own constituency. But something was obtained. And it’s the first time we’ve taken action in that direction.

The law permits Medicare to negotiate the price of 10 medications in 2026; this number is expected to steadily increase in the years that follow. Many Democrats favored starting sooner and giving the government more authority to bargain pricing with business.

Arizona is represented by two Democratic senators. However, it was obvious to whom Manchin was referring.

Manchin’s remarks were shared on Twitter, to which Sinema responded by referencing a statement she made on November 2 in which she declared her support for a deal on prescription medications after months of discussions among Democrats. Sinema “welcomes a new agreement on a historic, transformative Medicare drug negotiation plan that will cut out-of-pocket expenses for seniors” and save money, according to an unsigned statement from her office.

Later on Friday, a Manchin representative attempted to retract his remark, telling NBC News that the senator “misspoke” about Senator Sinema’s role in securing a two-year postponement for discussions regarding drug prices.

The back and forth between the two Democratic centrists underlines the disparities between them; both hampered their party’s efforts to enact the comprehensive package, but in different ways. Manchin persuaded Democrats to cut a number of economic and safety net programs, including universal preschool and child care financing, while Sinema pressured the party to limit medication price and tax measures.

Manchin addressed his detractors from both parties at the roundtable on Friday, including Democrats who claimed he killed the Build Back Better Act last year and Republicans who claimed he betrayed their confidence by endorsing the Inflation Reduction Act.

I couldn’t sell it, not because I killed anything. I was unable to explain it at home. I’ve always maintained that I cannot endorse something if I cannot explain it. We couldn’t handle that piece of legislation, in my opinion. I can therefore on this one, Manchin said. “They are now claiming that he betrayed them and fled in this direction. So I guess I’m the bad guy. “Nobody in their right mind would go through what I have gone through — and my staff — for the last eight months, taking all the crap we’ve taken from everybody in the country, and come back and say, “Boy, that felt so good, I want to do some more of that,” “I can be the hero and the villain, all in a 24-hour period.”