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Trump promises cheaper drugs and experimental treatments for terminally ill people

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k498 (Published 01 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k498
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

In his first State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump was long on cheer but short on details, particularly relating to healthcare.

Unlike his inaugural address a year ago when he referred to the state of poverty, urban decay, poor education, crime, drugs, and a general state of misery in the USA as “American carnage,” this year he said that the nation had made “incredible progress” and that this was “our new American moment.”1

Trump emphasized growth in the economy and employment and tax cuts for the middle class. Some claims were disputed by fact checkers at Politifact, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.2 He also said that his administration had eliminated many regulations and that “we have ended the war on clean coal.”

He …

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