Health Care

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.

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.”

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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.