Dems eye slimmed-down drug price deal to advance social spending bill

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Congressional Democrats are watering down — and may entirely drop — a plan to have the government directly negotiate some Medicare drug prices in order to help clinch a deal on their sweeping social spending package.

Top Democrats have acknowledged for weeks that they’ve had to significantly weaken the plan in order to win over holdout centrist lawmakers. But they’re preparing to compromise far more than advocates or lawmakers expected as they run up against

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