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Ways & Means Hearing Highlights the Battle Over Medicare For All

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing with the intent to give Republicans and Democrats the chance to discuss other proposals to expand universal health care.  Generally universal coverage means government-run healthcare.  This was the first time a House committee of jurisdiction had formally assembled to examine universal health coverage, though the hearing shortly turned into the predictable and fatuous game of Republicans vs. Democrats.

House Speaker Pelosi's Bizarre Drug Price Negotiation Plan

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to soon release her long-awaited drug pricing proposal.  According to news reports, the plan is expected to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to directly “negotiate” with pharmaceutical manufacturers for an “acceptable” price for at least 25 drugs that would apply to the entire U.S. market.  If no agreement can be reached, the Government Accountability Office would act as an arbitrator and oversee a dispute resolution.

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.

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