Health Care

Senate Delay on Obamacare Repeal is a Pothole in the Road

On June 27, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced there would be no vote on the Senate’s bill, H.R. 1628, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, until after the Independence Day recess.  Capitol Hill staffers have said the delay is simply a “pothole in the road.”  In other words, while efforts have slowed down, the legislative process is moving forward.

A Declaration of Independence from Obamacare

When in the course of American history, it becomes necessary to dissolve an odious and oppressive law like the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the causes which compel this action should be declared.

Who is Elizabeth MacDonough and Why is She Important?

Elizabeth MacDonough’s job doesn’t generally bring her into the limelight. While MacDonough has served as the Senate parliamentarian for five years and has worked in the office of the parliamentarian for eighteen, the public knows little of her important role with the upcoming debate on the senate bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.

CAGW Names Sen. Bernie Sanders June 2017 Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 27, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) its June 2017 Porker of the Month for his foolish quest to impose a single-payer healthcare system on the United States.

Time to Kill the Death Panel

With Congress poised to repeal and replace Obamacare, the time has come to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a little-known but dangerous provision within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Congress needs to repeal IPAB, and if it were not for the arcane rules surrounding the budget reconciliation process being used to repeal Obamacare, it certainly would have been included in either of the repeal-and-replace bills being debated.

Obamacare Repeal and Replace: It's the Senate's Turn

Tomorrow, on June 22, Senators are supposed to receive a discussion draft of the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.  Currently, the goal is to vote on the legislation next week, just before the July 4 recess.  The House passed its version, H.R. 1628, on May 4, 2017, by a vote of 217 to 213.  Everyone in Washington is anxiously waiting to see and review the draft bill.

FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulation

June 14, 2017

The Honorable Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
Commissioner
The Food and Drug Administration
White Oak Building One
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Room 2217
Silver Spring, MD  20993

Dear Commissioner Gottlieb:

Supreme Court’s Decision on Biosimilars is Precedent Setting

Yesterday, with little notice, a big decision was made by the Supreme Court of the United States.  Their ruling means biosimilars, or “generic” versions of biologic drugs, will be able to be marketed immediately after approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just as Congress intended.  The decision will save consumers and taxpayers billions of dollars.

Citizens Against Government Waste Supports VA Plan to Streamline Veterans’ Health Records

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 6, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) expressed support for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plan to adopt the same electronic health records platform as the Department of Defense (DOD), thereby streamlining and improving medical care for America’s veterans while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

That CBO Score for the American Health Care Act

All of Washington finally got what it had been waiting for since the beginning of May:  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, by a vote of 217 to 213.  As you will recall, ACHA is designed to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Now the bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.