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The Taxpayers Before Insurers Act

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has written before about problems with the risk insurance sharing programs found in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  Under Obamacare, the risk-sharing programs, often called "the three Rs...

August 5, 2016
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'Obamacare Premiums are Lower than You Think' ... NOT!

On July 21, the Health Affairs blog published a study by the Brookings Institute, entitled, “Obamacare Premiums Are Lower Than You Think.”  The study starts off stating, “Since the Affordable Care

August 1, 2016
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Analyzing the House GOP Replacement for Obamacare

On June 22, 2016, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) announced the House of Representatives Republican plan on healthcare reform, one of a series of six proposals called “A Better Way.”  This is the first time the House Republicans have...

July 14, 2016
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Some Are More Equal Than Others

More than a year ago, on June 25, 2015, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste along with nine other taxpayer advocacy groups and individuals, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.  We requested an investigation...

July 7, 2016
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How the 340B Drug Discount Program is Increasing Cancer Costs

There are many reasons why cancer care costs are rising, and the 340B outpatient drug discount program is needlessly contributing to the increase.  Consumers and taxpayers end up paying the price for the program’s misuse.

June 15, 2016
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Can You Repeat That ... Please?

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Park Service (NPS) included testimony by Director Jonathan Jarvis and Department of the Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary

June 14, 2016
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Stop Making Excuses for Obamacare

The Obamacare insurance exchanges are not functioning according to plan.

June 13, 2016
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Is Obamacare Teetering?

So many things have happened to Obamacare these past couple of months, it’s like drinking from a fire hose. Insurers say "Buh Bye"

June 3, 2016
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CAGW to NPS: Show Me the Data

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies marked-up (read and amended) its fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill.

May 25, 2016
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A New Cause du Jour: Beating Up “Big Pharma”

Beating up pharmaceutical companies is the new “cause du jour.”  Even though pharmaceuticals are only 10 percent of all healthcare costs, they tend to make easy targets because it is difficult to understand why such a small pill should cost so much...

May 12, 2016
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Got Some Splainin To Do

Yesterday, May 10, 2016, the House and Energy Commerce Committee released a report, which demonstrates the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt provided false testimony in a House Energy and Commerce...

May 11, 2016
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We Stand with the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to...

April 21, 2016

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