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Obama Targets Drug Costs in Health Section of Final Budget

President Barack Obama proposed $375 billion in spending cuts to U.S. health programs in his fiscal 2017 budget, including deep reductions to rates the U.S. pays drugmakers for their products, and changes to how doctors and hospitals care for patients.

The proposals are part of the $4.1 trillion budget that the Obama administration is proposing, which starts Oct. 1. Some items — like cuts to drug spending under Medicare — have been proposed before. With a Republican-controlled Congress, it’s unlikely that many, or any, of them will become law. The proposed savings would be realized over 10 years.