White House racing to craft healthcare measures ahead of election

White House advisers are meeting with President Donald Trump daily with an aim to unveil a new healthcare measure every two to three weeks until the 2020 election, according to The Washington Post.

One of the plans, announced July 31, would allow the U.S. to import drugs from Canada. Another seeks to lower drug prices covered by Medicare by tying them to the price other developed countries pay.

The push to deliver healthcare measures at a quick pace shows that White House advisers want to create a healthcare agenda for the president to promote on the campaign trail, according to The Post. Many of the Democratic candidates already have healthcare proposals and have made them a key element of their campaigns. 

White House advisers also are working to craft an ACA replacement that President Trump can campaign on, especially if the 5th Circuit U.S. Appeals Court backs a federal judge's ruling in Texas earlier this year that the law is unconstitutional. 

Other healthcare proposals under review include a draft executive order to develop a universal flu vaccine and initiatives to reduce HIV infections and end-stage kidney disease. 

"Every chance we have to set or tweak a rule we are doing it," a senior White House official told The Post anonymously. "This administration has been more creative and accomplished more when it comes to healthcare and health than anybody has given us credit for."

The healthcare efforts in the White House are being led by Domestic Policy Council Director Joe Grogan, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought. 

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is also commonly involved in the daily meetings, according to The Post. 

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