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Tonight: The Reconciliation Rule!

This evening, the House Rules Committee will meet to set the debate parameters for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, a reconciliation bill that would essentially cripple Obamacare.

October - What A Month for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, did not have a very good October and it will only get worse for the President’s vaunted healthcare “reform” plan.  Temporary walls that were built to protect Obamacare from market forces and normal consumer responses are starting to collapse.

Judge Tells Federal Agency to Obey the Law for Drug Discount Program

On October 14, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) interpretive rule that ordered pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide substantial drug discounts under the 340B program for orphan drugs that were used off-label.  The agency had first written a proposed rule in 2011 that was in clear violation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, and had stubbornly fought to implement it.

Gov. Walker Will Get Rid of Congress's Special Exemption Under ObamaCare

Citizens Against Government Waste was pleased to learn that presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker agrees that Congress and their official staff have been given a special exemption under the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, and that it must be abolished.  He joins fellow presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in calling for its repeal.

Walker and Rubio: First Out of the Gate

Presidential candidates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) offered their ideas for reforming healthcare on Tuesday, August 18.  Gov. Walker’s is a relatively detailed 13-page document and while Sen.

IBD: ObamaCare DOES Cut Employees' Hours

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) took on the subject of whether or not the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, has encouraged employers to reduce their employees’ working hours in order to avoid the law’s penalties.  According to an August 14 column by Jed Graham, the answer is yes and “there is no clearer test than the one put forth by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.”  That test computed the ratio of employees that work 31-34 hours

Howard Dean is Correct

It is not too often that I agree with former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean but when it comes to the government “negotiating” drug prices in Medicare Part D, he is correct.

Bigger is not Better

News broke on Friday, July 24 that Anthem, the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, will purchase Cigna for $48.4 billion.  The total deal, which includes purchasing Cigna’s debt, is worth $54.2 billion.  Cigna is known primarily for administrating health insurance coverage for large employers.  The Wall Street Journal notes Cigna is currently the fifth largest health insurer in the country and is being purchased by the second large

More Proof the 340B Program Needs Reform

On July 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent, non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, released a report entitled, “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals.”  The report confirms what Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been saying for some time; the 340B drug discount program is being abused by many hospitals for profit-making purposes and needs to be reformed.

Our Constitution Continues to Dissolve

On Thursday, June 25, the Constitution and our tripartite system of government took a major hit.  The Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 opinion, ruled against the plaintiffs in King v Burwell, a lawsuit concerning who was entitled to taxpayer-funded subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as ObamaCare.  You may recall this lawsuit was discussed in a prior SwineLine blog.

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