CBO says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing plan saves Medicare $345 billion over decade

CNBC | October 15, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill to lower prescription drug prices would save Medicare $345 billion over 10 years, according to a preliminary analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The savings wouldn’t begin until 2023, assuming the bill gets passed by both the House and Senate and signed by President Donald Trump before the end of this year, the CBO said in the report released late Friday. The greatest savings would come in 2028 at $93 billion, according to the CBO, an independent agency that reviews congressional spending.

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Ricardo Sennes, of Foresight Consulting managing partner, was invited to Aberje Committee of Government Relations. He traced the characteristics of the Brazilian political structure, unraveling enlightening way the public bureaucracy works.

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Ricardo Sennes, of Foresight Consulting managing partner, was invited to Aberje Committee of Government Relations. He traced the characteristics of the Brazilian political structure, unraveling enlightening way the public bureaucracy works.

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Forward Networks | May 18, 2021

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KBR and Adarga Announce Strategic Partnership to Extend AI Capabilities into National Security Sector

KBR | September 14, 2021

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