Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) yesterday released a white paper with ideas on increasing affordability in health care. The white paper includes Cassidy’s ideas on six policy areas, including empowering patients to reduce their health care costs; lowering health insurance premiums; ending health care monopolies by increasing competition; decreasing drug costs for patients; eliminating administrative burdens and costs; and reducing costs through primary care, prevention, and chronic disease management. During a radio interview yesterday, Cassidy spoke about introducing legislation to mandate price transparency, address high drug prices; and eliminate “gag laws” that prevent pharmacies from telling customers when they could pay less for a drug by paying cash.

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