Rick Scott: Reducing drug costs key to health care reform

The top goal for health care reform must be reducing costs for individuals, said U.S. Sen. Rick Scott. Part of that means demanding pharmaceutical companies charge consumers less.

“What I’m going to focus on is how you drive down cost,” the Florida Republican said.

Scott discussed his own plans during an appearance on CBS’ Face The Nation. President Donald Trump tapped Scott, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Lousiana Sen. Bill Cassidy to develop a GOP alternative to ObamaCare.

Scott noted his own history as CEO of Columbia/HCA.

“I ran the largest health care company in the world, and I care about the cost of health care,” he said.

As an executive at HCA, he said the company argued with Big Pharma as it tried to charge more in the U.S. for the same drugs sold in Europe.

On that front, Scott said he ultimately wants to deliver for consumers as much as for the president.

Scott brought up his most recent piece of major legislation, the “Transparent Drug Pricing Act.” The bill aims to stop drug companies from charging more for medication in the U.S. than in other countries.

He unveiled his legislation on Friday in

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