Health Care

Stealing Patents Won’t Bring Down Drug Costs

On February 15, 2018, 18 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, asking him to use his authority under 28 U.S.C.

A Moment of Truth: Will Virginia Republicans Expand Medicaid?

On April 11, 2018, Virginia legislators will return to Richmond for a special session in which they will aim to finish work on the Commonwealth’s budget.  At center stage, yet again, is the issue of Medicaid expansion, still unresolved eight years after Obamacare became law.

Comments to FDA on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications

March 21, 2018

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
Food and Drug Administration
Dockets Management Staff
HFA-305
5630 Fishers Lane
Room 1061
Rockville, Maryland  20852

Attention

Docket Number FDA-2017-D-3001
Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTPA) by Philip Morris Products S.A. Applications for IQOS system with Marlboro Heatsticks, IQOS system with Marlboro Smooth Menthol Heatsticks, and IQOS system with Marlboro Fresh Menthol Heatsticks

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2017 Congressional Ratings

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2017 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 voting members of Congress during the first session of the 115th Congress.  The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, identifies members whose voting records helped protect taxpayer dollars, as well as those who consistently voted against their interests.

Any Willing Pharmacy – Not as Good as it Sounds

On November 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would revise Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program.  The proposal dredges up the “any willing pharmacy” issue that would require any Part D plan sponsor, such as an insurer or a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), to allow any pharmacy to participate in their network.  While this policy has a benign name, if it is adopted, it will drive up costs for all Medicare beneficiaries, not lower them.

The VA Scandal Refuses to End

America’s armed forces represent the best of our country.  These men and women put their lives on the line to protect us.  That is why they deserve the highest quality medical care when they return home.  However, countless investigations and internal reports over the past decade have exposed a systemic cancer of mismanagement, neglect, and failure at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The BBA, Medicare Part D, and a Cautionary Tale

When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 on February 9, 2018, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) objected because of its prolific and irresponsible spending, calling the $300 billion (14 percent) increase over current levels “outrageous and unnecessary, as well as a complete abdication of fiscal discipline and accountability.”

New FDA Report on BPA: It is Still Safe

On February 23, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement by Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, M.D., regarding a draft report issued by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on the compound bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as BPA.

Trump Administration Reverses Obama-era Rule on Health Insurance

On Tuesday, February 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a long-awaited proposed rule that would change an Obama administration rule that curtailed short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI) plans.  The HHS press release stated, “In dir

Drug Prices - The Council of Economic Advisers and Trump Administration Weigh In

Last Friday, on February 9, 2018, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a 30-page report on, “Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad.”  There is enough in the report to please or give heartburn to all the players in the pharmaceutical distribution chain but, there are many significant ideas that policy makers should and will consider.  President Trump’s administration has already done so for its 2019 budget proposal, which will be discussed briefly in this blog.

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CAGW Names Rep. Bennie Thompson June 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Thompson is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to create taxpayer-funded dorms for members of Congress.