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CAGW Releases December 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
December 20, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its December 2016 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 December edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Recovery Auditors and the Administrative Law Backlog: More "Fake News" Debunked

News junkies have been inundated lately with commentary on the ubiquity of “fake news” and its viral spread online.  On December 12, 2016, The New York Times President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson gave a thought-provoking speech before the Detroit Economic Club in which he made some incisive observations about the epidemic of junk news, including the fact that in this new anything-goes, free-for-all information environment, it is easy to forget that “fake news is not new.  The spreading of false rumors for political advantage, for pure malice, or just for entertainment, is as old as the hills….Until something is proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.  …Though it often seems like it to partisans, this is not a battle between Left and Right.  …It’s a battle between facts and lies.”

CAGW Releases November 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
November 16, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its November 2016 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 November edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Tobacco Harm-Reduction: Big League Healthcare Savings

In the twenty-first century, remarkable technology innovations have improved nearly every aspect of everyone's lives. Smart TVs and smartphones are the most well-known examples; however, these innovations even extend to smoking.

CMMI is Neither Centered nor Innovative

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) sounds like it should be involved in ground-breaking, state-of-the-art healthcare projects and programs.  However, the center was created in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, which in and of itself raises red flags. 

Taxpayer Coalition to Congress: Curb Obamacare's CMMI

Dear Member of Congress:

As policymakers wrap up business this year as well as prepare for a new Congress and administration, repealing and replacing Obamacare is at the top of the agenda. There are dozens of complex policy issues surrounding health care reform. One standout that urgently needs scrutiny is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI.)

Obamacare Obituary

The Affordable Care Act of Washington, D.C., lovingly known as Obamacare, was born on March 23, 2010 and after a long illness, left this Earth on November 8, 2016.  Beloved policy of President Barack Obama, it is also survived by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and former-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  After a long illness and being on life support for several months, the American people ordered all life-saving measures to be stopped to allow it to die peacefully.  Ever increasing premiums, sky-high deductibles, and insurers dropping out of the marketplace exchanges were more than it co

Some Good News on Drug Prices

We have read a lot about high drug prices in the news lately and how politicians, including presidential candidates former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have called for the government to “negotiate” drug prices.  But the government doesn’t negotiate drug prices.  Instead, they use price controls to lower costs, which distorts the marketplace and stifles pharmaceutical research and development.  The problems that develop with price controlling anything, including drugs, have been explained in Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) recent report, “

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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.