The official, one of several who briefed the media on the condition of anonymity, offered only one new detail: Some of the cards will go out before the election, while others will not arrive until after voters choose between Trump and his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden.
With that showdown looming, Democrats blasted the administration for proposing to take $6.6 billion from Medicare and spend it on a one-time break for older Americans, a critical voting bloc for both candidates.
They criticized Trump for suggesting he would pay for the move with savings from a separate program that has yet to begin. Under that initiative, Trump wants to tie the price of some drugs covered by Medicare to lower prices available in some other countries with governments that have the authority to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies.
“After failing to take real action to lower seniors’ prescription drug