Wednesday's meeting stems from President Trump's promise that he would support efforts to stop the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs. The two lawmaker said the federal government could save as much as $ 16 billion per year if Medicare paid similar rates.
With their proposal, Cummings and Welch might find some support from the president, who has said he favors Medicare price negotiations.
Cummings said Trump was "enthusiastic, and he was clearly aware of the problem, and. he made it clear to us that he wanted to do something about it".
The president called Cummings and asked to meet with him after watching him discuss drug prices on a morning cable news show.
Trump then accused him of backing out of the meeting during a recent news conference a comment which took Cummings by surprise. "It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act", Chaffetz and Cummings wrote in the letter.
Cummings fired back. "I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today", he said in a statement.
Cummings, a longtime resident of Baltimore, said he urged the president to acknowledge that not all African-American-majority neighborhoods are "places of depression [and] where people are being harmed".
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Cummings said their proposal is centered around all prescription drugs in the Medicare program, an issue he believes the president is on top of.
Cummings on Wednesday to discuss prescription drug prices.
"Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever", he said.
On the subject of voting, Cummings continued, "I told him I thought that voter fraud was all but non-existent".
And, Welch said, "the price is starting to kill us, we just can't afford it". "He said, 'I'm going to work with you" - those were his exact words - 'to make this happen'".
"Access to affordable medicine is critical to effective care, both in the hospital setting and after patients return home", Miller said.
"It boiled down to, again, saving people's lives and saving money, and he was clear when you have situations where these companies are jacking up these prices it puts a lot of families in jeopardy".