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Bredesen lays out plan to lower drug costs

Posted: 1:32 PM, Oct 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 18:47:39Z

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen discussed his plan to lower prescription drug costs in the United States.

The plan would ask President Trump to negotiate what's called a "most favored nation" clause.

It forces drug companies to provide their best deals to the U.S. Currently, other countries pay less for many drugs than American buyers and he thinks the proposal should appeal to the President.

“In addition to all the major campaigning that goes on and in the process of doing this, I’ve also tried to interject from time to time what I call some ‘fresh ideas’, or new ways of going about things. You may remember I talked probably three months ago about the idea of calling on TVA for rural broadband. I wanted to do this today to talk about a final one of these ideas. This is a suitable group of professionals, business-oriented people who are eager to talk about this and that is my plan," said Bredesen.

Bredesen is running against Congressman Marsha Blackburn to fill Bob Corker's seat in the U.S. Senate.

Bredesen's leans on his background in the healthcare industry for credibility to work with President Trump on the issue. He points to Congresswoman Blackburn's relationship with pharmaceutical companies, who his campaign claims,  have given her $800,000 in contributions during her 16 years in congress .