Will impeachment proceedings overshadow healthcare policy? 4 notes

As Democrats ready to impeach President Donald Trump, the process threatens to overshadow policy efforts, including those related to healthcare.

Four notes:

1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has resisted calls to impeach the president until now, 13 months before the 2020 election. However, she has vowed to keep the proceedings out of the election so candidates can focus on policy, according to The New York Times. Ms. Pelosi herself released a proposal to lower drug prices a week prior to the impeachment issue.

2. Democratic candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who is connected to the matter of the impeachment inquiry, are largely trying to stay away from the subject on the campaign trail, according to The New York Times.

3. President Donald Trump has positioned the inquiry as a move by Democrats to stop his progress on issues like healthcare and gun rights, Bloomberg reported.

4. Republicans — and some Democrats — say the process will strain bipartisanship in Congress, which was beginning to form around drug pricing proposals and surprise medical bill legislation, according to The Hill.


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