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CAGW Releases May 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 19, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its May 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its May edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

House Passes the American Health Care Act, Senate Up Next

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213.  Only Republicans voted for the legislation; 20 Republicans and 193 Democrats voted no.  The final bill was a modified version of the legislation that the Republican leadership pulled from consideration in late March.  The Congressional Budget Office is expected to provide a score by the end of May.  From there, the bill is scheduled to move to the Senate for consideration, although that body appears to be prepared to write its own legislation.

The Louisiana House Should Reject Pharmaceutical Price Controls

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has been tracking numerous bills in states throughout the country that are masquerading as a way to lower drug costs by implementing pharmaceutical cost transparency.  Supporters claim the legislation will help everyone understand how prescription drugs are priced by collecting information about manufacturing costs and pricing data that would be studied and analyzed by the government. 

Pennsylvania Attempts Faulty Price Control Scheme for Prescription Drugs

In their July 2, 2015 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) commentary, “Price Transparency or TMI,” Office of Policy Planning authors Tara Isa Koslov and Elizabeth Jex noted, “Is more information about prices always a good thing for consumers and competition?  Too much transparency can harm competition in any market, including in health care markets.”

The House Passes H.R. 1628, a Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017.  Only Republicans voted for the measure and every Democrat voted against it, along with 20 Republicans.  The vote was 217 to 213.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Celebrates House Passage of the American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 4, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is the first major step in repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

CAGW Releases April 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 18, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its April 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its April edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

A Dopey Policy

Currently, 26 states and the District of Columbia allow either medical and/or recreational marijuana.  The January 23, 2017 edition of Westword reported that 11 additional states are considering legalizing recreational marijuana this year.

Pharmaceutical Transparency Legislation – Sounds Good but Foolhardy

Legislation to create “transparency” in drug costs has been introduced in dozens of state legislatures across the country, purportedly to understand how prescription drugs are priced.  While details vary from state to state, all the bills would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide reams of pricing and cost data, much of it proprietary, to state officials.  Often the bills will drag in other private-sector entities involved in pharmaceutical pricing negotiations, such as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and insurers.

Big Pharma DOES Negotiate Drug Prices

On March 7, 2017, President Trump tweeted he was "working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry.  Pricing for the American people will come way down."  The next day, in a meeting with Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) , the president reiterated that he wanted to do something about U.S.

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CAGW Names New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio September 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor de Blasio is CAGW's Porker of the Month for signing a bill into law that would halt the ride-sharing revolution in New York City.