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Bigger is not Better

News broke on Friday, July 24 that Anthem, the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, will purchase Cigna for $48.4 billion.  The total deal, which includes purchasing Cigna’s debt, is worth $54.2 billion.  Cigna is known primarily for administrating health insurance coverage for large employers.  The Wall Street Journal notes Cigna is currently the fifth largest health insurer in the country and is being purchased by the second large

More Proof the 340B Program Needs Reform

On July 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent, non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, released a report entitled, “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals.”  The report confirms what Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been saying for some time; the 340B drug discount program is being abused by many hospitals for profit-making purposes and needs to be reformed.

Our Constitution Continues to Dissolve

On Thursday, June 25, the Constitution and our tripartite system of government took a major hit.  The Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 opinion, ruled against the plaintiffs in King v Burwell, a lawsuit concerning who was entitled to taxpayer-funded subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as ObamaCare.  You may recall this lawsuit was discussed in a prior SwineLine blog.

A Disappointing Vote but Not Unexpected

Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is on a mission.

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.

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.

Jonathan Gruber Goes to Washington

Most of you know about Jonathan Gruber. He is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) economics professor that was hired as a consultant by the Obama administration to provide guidance on designing ObamaCare. He has often been called the “architect” of ObamaCare. What was his consulting fee just from the Department of Health and Human Services? A mere $400,000.

Control, Alt, Delete

Control, Alt, Delete seems to be the standard M.O. for the Obama Administration when they want to extricate themselves from politically damaging, and possibly criminal, behavior.  Deleting emails, using alias emails, crashing or losing computers seem to be some of their favored tactics.*

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.

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