As insurers ask consumers to pay a greater share of their drug costs, it may be cheaper to pay cash than use an insurance card.
The ultra-wealthy would do well, but people living in high-tax states would lose out, and 13 million Americans could lose health coverage over 10 years.
Numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services come as GOP senators push to pay for tax cuts by repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual requirement for health care coverage.
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Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the epidemic, but the role of insurance companies is under scrutiny too.
Senate hearings are scheduled for the coming week to discuss shifting the focus in the health care debate.
Some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurers to favor brand-name products over cheaper versions.
Tuesday's progress gives way to Wednesday's quagmire for Senate Republicans in their repeal-and-replace quest. (Pictured, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.)
The proposal crafted by Republican senators has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain.
Both men consider the GOP health care bill "mean," but the current president still wants it to pass. (Update: The Congressional Budget Office is painting a grim picture of the legislation's potential effect.)