Health Care

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.

FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Weighs in on IQOS

On January 24 and 25, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) nine-member Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) reviewed the Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTPA) on an innovative tobacco product, named the IQOS, which is designed to reduce the harm associated with tobacco use.  CAGW discussed the MRTPA and the advisory committee meeting in a

FDA Advisory Committee to Discuss New Tobacco Harm Reduction Product

The Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) became law in June 2009 and gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of all tobacco products.  Included in the law is Section 918, which called for a report to Congress on how best to regulate, promote, and encoura

Taxpayers and Patients Win First Round on 340B Drug Discount Rule

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) discussed in its November 7, 2017 WasteWatcher blog, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule for Medicare Part B that will lower costs to taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries for certain outpatient pharmaceuticals purchased under the 340B drug discount program.

CAGW Names Nancy Pelosi 2017 Porker of the Year

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) announced the results of its online poll for the 2017 Porker of the Year.

Obamacare Enrollments Predicted to be Lower in 2018

Open season for individuals to sign up for a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) healthcare plan started on November 1, 2017 and will close Friday, December 15, 2017.  With the average premium for the second-lowest cost silver plan, often called the “benchmark” plan, increasing by 37 percent for a 27-year-old, it seems likely that many people will decide not to purchase health insurance in 2018.

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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.