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Dental Benefits for Medicare Loom as Battleground for Democrats

Sept. 20, 2021, 5:41 PM

Centrist Democrats in the House are pushing to shrink their party’s health-care wish list to focus more on low-income Americans, a move backed by industry groups including dentists who say a narrower focus is better policy.

The group of Democrats blocked one committee from advancing their party’s drug-pricing legislation, with two members arguing it was too far-reaching and could stymie innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. Some of those Democrats also want to rein in a proposal to expand Medicare to include dental coverage, a high priority for progressives such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The effort opens another divide that ...

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