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Fake News on Healthcare Legislation Coming Your Way Soon

Later this week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will have a floor vote on H.R.

Conservatives Behaving Badly on Drug Pricing

Conservative politicians like to say they are for free markets, competition, and property rights to promote innovation and lower prices of goods.  But when it comes to pharmaceuticals, too many of them go careening off the freedom road to promote socialist policies.  They fail to recognize the years of expensive clinical trials and complicated protocols, the thousands of failed prospects that still must be paid for, and the lengthy Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process to get just one drug into the marketplace. 

RSC Budget Provides Only Clear Path Toward Fiscal Responsibility

The national debt stands at more than $22 trillion, with trillion-dollar deficits right around the corner.  Entitlement spending continues to rise and is projected to make up 60 percent of spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.  Social Security will exceed its income in 2020 for the first time since 1982 and Medicare is set to become insolvent by out in 2026. 

On World IP Day - Celebrating and Protecting Sports and their Brands

Each year, April 26 marks the celebration of World IP Day, when the importance of intellectual property rights and the achievements gained from its protection are recognized.  According to the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) intellectual property (IP) contributes $6.6 trillion to America’s GDP.  In 2019, the World IP Day celebration focuses on sports and the IP that enables past, present, and future athletes to compete and meet their goals.

Benefits of 5G

With all the focus on creating a nationwide fifth generation (5G) network, questions often arise about why it is important for the U.S. to lead in 5G development, the benefits of moving to 5G, and why is there a continual push for more spectrum to be made available for 5G.

Binding Arbitration for Medicare Part B: Price Controls by Another Name

The Trump administration proposed using an International Pricing Index in October 2018 to reimburse providers for drugs administered under Medicare Part B.  These drugs require the involvement of a physician and include, but are not limited to, infused and injectable drugs, some antigens, drugs used with durable medical equipment, and blood clotting factors.  Instead of reimbursing the provider of Part B d

Same Old, Same Old

Sen. Bernie Sanders (i-Vt) re-introduced his “Medicare for All” bill, S. 1129 on April 10 and as of today, the legislation has 14 cosponsors, five of which who are Democratic presidential primary contenders: Sens.

Chinese Data on Trade Shows Imports From America Have Fallen in 2019

About a year ago, President Donald Trump’s administration imposed heavy tariffs on foreign manufactured aluminum and steel.  This triggered a domino effect of retaliatory tariffs with China.

The administration’s protectionist moves have scared American businesses and investors. In all, the U.S. has put tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods.  The administration has justified these tariffs by claiming that trade protectionism creates domestic jobs.  However, that anecdotal claim is untrue.

The Golden “Nanny” State Wants $6.2 Billion in New Taxes

California state legislators have a solution to fulfill Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bloated $209 billion budget: tax anything and everything under the sun.

Higher Taxes on Pharmaceuticals Will Not Solve the Opioid Crisis

It is common knowledge that addiction to opioids and other controlled substances such as fentanyl is a national epidemic that needs to be addressed.  But, the plans being offered by Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz and the state legislature will drive up pharmaceutical costs, hurt patients, and fail to solve the opioid crisis in Minnesota.

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