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Gold, Silver, Bronze (oh, Platinum too)

In years past, when people heard the terms Gold, Silver, Bronze, they thought about the Olympic medals.  Now, they likely think of ObamaCare with its metallic collection of expensive healthcare plans of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

340B Drug Discount Program Finally Gets a Congressional Hearing

On March 24, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held the first hearing on the 340B drug discount program since 2005.

The Supreme Court Hears King v. Burwell

Today, March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to King v. Burwell.  It’s a big deal because it could decide whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, survives in its current format.  More to the point, the decision will have implications regarding the balance of power between the three co-equal branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and the Judicial.

The House Votes to Repeal ObamaCare

The House of Representatives voted today on H.R. 596, a bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare.  H.R. 596 passed by a vote of 239 to 186.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and had 98 co-sponsors.

Newt's Very Bad Idea

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich often comes up with ideas to change how the government works.  One of his most recent suggestions has made a lot of people who care about property rights scratch their head.

What a Week!

Last week, important but opposing court opinions were released within hours of each other on two similar cases involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released the opinion on Halbig v. Burwell, formally Halbig v. Sebelius, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit released its opinion on King v. Burwell, formally King v.

Here We Go…AGAIN!

President Obama has told the Congress and the country that he will be using his pen and phone to get his priorities implemented.  That has meant bypassing Congress and changing, or ignoring, current law.  It is well known that this has occurred several times during the horrendous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare).  According to the Galen Institute, a healthcare public policy research organization, the Obama administration has made 23 changes to the law through a

Don’t Know Much About Algebra

Paul Krawzak wrote in the June 4 Roll Call about some disturbing news that came from an April Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.)  Said Krawzak, “In a little-noticed footnote to a report issued in April, ‘Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act,’ the CBO wrote that it and the Joint Committee on Taxation ‘can no longer determine

What is the 340B Program and Why You Need to Care

A great discussion on a relatively obscure federal drug discount program that clearly has lost its way was written in early 2014 by Stephen Parente, Ph.D.

CAGW's Obamacare Horror Stories

You may remember Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) infamous floor speech on February 26 regarding Obamacare Horror stories.  He said:

Despite all that good news, there are plenty of horror stories being told.  All of them are untrue, but they are being told all over America…

Those tales turned out to be just that – tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies, distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements…

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