Yes, this is a proper start to reduce drug costs. Medicare has very effectively negotiated prices for most common medical procedures which has greatly reduced costs without jeopardizing innovation nor limiting the overall quality of care. Medical procedure negotiations are generally more complex because negotiated rates depend on complicating factors of locality costs and availability of services. These factors should have no impact on negotiated prices for medications. So, the NAY arguments are largely false. Costs should provide reasonable profit incentives for innovation and controls to prevent profiteering. There are established protocols for these negotiations that should be followed and there should be no role for politicians in the rate setting process other than in establishing policies, if needed. Congress has exempted itself from rules against accepting political gifts and they would be prime targets for an industry wanting to maintain it’s huge profit margins. Costs of medicine will be higher then they were for other countries for all purchasers everywhere since we will no longer be paying so much extra, nor covering legitimate R&D costs alone. It is time! I think this legislation will be torn apart by Republicans if it even ever gets out of Moscow Mitch’s black hole of useful legislation that does not support his benefactors. Everybody, flush 15 times! Do your part to flood away the bullshit. Welcome the Blue Wave!