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White House Holds Roundtable On US Health Care Pricing System

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White House Holds Roundtable On US Health Care Pricing System
President Donald Trump met with White House officials and consumers Wednesday to discuss ways to lower U.S. health care costs.
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President Donald Trump met with federal health officials and American consumers Wednesday to discuss ways to tackle U.S. health care costs. 

During a roundtable at the White House, people who've been personally affected by mounting medical bills shared their stories about up-to-six-figure expenses for common procedures and hospital stays.

The president vowed to combat "surprise costs" and touted his administration's efforts on the issue thus far. 

"Prescription drug prices in 2018 went down for the first time in over 50 years, and that's not by accident," he said. "That's because we did a lot of hard work. And it's going to continue to go down."

Last year, the Trump administration unveiled its plans to rework the U.S. drug pricing system. 

And congressional leaders have been making moves, as well. Earlier this month, Democratic lawmakers introduced a series of bills that aim to curb prescription drug prices. 

So far this year, several pharmaceutical companies have either raised prices or planned to do so in 2019, despite pressure from the White House to slash costs for consumers. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN