Health Care

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.

CAGW Releases March 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 28, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its March 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 March edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Obamacare Still Vulnerable to Fraud

Even before Congress failed to pass a repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a November 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report again exposed rampant and systematic fraud in the application process.

Obamacare Lives -- For Now Anyway

Today certainly was a disappointing day for congressional Republicans. Since March 23, 2010, seven years ago yesterday, Republicans have wanted to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But, House Republican leadership was unable to satisfy enough members in their caucus to vote for their repeal and replacement bill, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

American Health Care Act -- A Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

The House Republicans have introduced a bill that will begin the process to repeal and replace Obamacare, entitled the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Obamacare is collapsing and Congress must act to stabilize and prevent further turmoil in the individual and small group health insurance market.

CCAGW Joins Coalition in Support of the American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 15, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), along with a coalition of 11 other organizations, sent an open letter in support of the American Health Care Act.  The letter reads: 

Bernie’s Bereft and Bogus Bill

On February 28, 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced, S.

An Obamacare Repeal/Replace First Draft

On February 16, an "Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources" document was released that laid out the following points:  Obamacare has failed; it will only get worse; that repealing the law will provide relief combined with a stable transition to something new; and the Republicans in Congress have a better way to deliver healthcare in this country.

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.