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More of the Same

Presidential candidate and former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed several worn-out initiatives this Tuesday that would supposedly lower drug prices but, if implemented, would seriously damage research and development in the United States...

September 25, 2015
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Massachusetts Should Know Better

Soon after the Massachusetts Bay Colony was created in 1629, its leaders attempted to institute a “just price” for goods and labor.  Economist Gary North wrote in a May 1, 1974 article, “The Puritan Experiment with Price Controls,” that in 1630 “a...

September 16, 2015
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Disappointing News on INNs from the FDA

You may recall I have written about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) naming system for drugs, called the International Non-Proprietary Name or INN, in a January 15, 2015 Swine Line

September 15, 2015
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Gov. Walker Will Get Rid of Congress's Special Exemption Under ObamaCare

Citizens Against Government Waste was pleased to learn that presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker agrees that Congress and their official staff have been given a special exemption under the Affordable Care Act, better known as...

August 26, 2015
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Walker and Rubio: First Out of the Gate

Presidential candidates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) offered their ideas for reforming healthcare on Tuesday, August 18.  Gov.

August 24, 2015
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TELL CONGRESS: Fight Medicare Fraud!

Bowing to special interest pressure, Congress has suspended almost all audits that could save taxpayers billions. Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative today to reinstate the RAC audit program!

August 21, 2015
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IBD: ObamaCare DOES Cut Employees' Hours

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) took on the subject of whether or not the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, has encouraged employers to reduce their employees’ working hours in order to avoid the law’s penalties.  According to an

August 19, 2015
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Howard Dean is Correct

It is not too often that I agree with former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean but when it comes to the government “negotiating” drug prices in Medicare Part D, he is correct.

August 14, 2015
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A Billion Here – A Billion There

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, has chucked more money down the memory hole than Agent J’s Neuralyzer in Men in Black.  More than $5.3 billion has been doled out to 48 states and the District of Columbia, ranging from...

August 12, 2015
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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...

July 27, 2015
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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 Pa

July 17, 2015
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Congress’s Claim to be a Small Business Brings on an Ethics Complaint

According to the Small Business Act of 1958, “a small-business concern … shall be deemed to be one that is … independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation.”  Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13,...

July 14, 2015