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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.

February 3, 2015
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Repealing Obamacare - Is It Doable?

On January 6, the 114th Congress convened and is now under Republican control, with 54 senators out of 100 in the Senate and 246 representatives out of 435 in the House.  One of the major Republican campaign promises was the full repeal of the...

January 26, 2015
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To Market, To Market - First U.S. Biosimilar On Its Way

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, I attended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting that discussed and recommended approval of the first biosimilar drug, called filgrastim, under the Biologics Price...

January 9, 2015
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Jonathan Gruber Goes to Washington

Most of you know about Jonathan Gruber.

December 9, 2014
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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.

December 5, 2014
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Who's the Obstructionist?

While I tend to write mostly about healthcare issues, a November 27 article from Investor’s Business Daily, entitled “Obama Taking Hard Line, Blows Up Biparti

December 2, 2014
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On November 20, 2014, Chairman Darrel Issa of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

November 25, 2014
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Family Feud

On October 22, 2014, Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

November 19, 2014
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Dueling Agencies

On October 22, 2014, Sen.

November 13, 2014
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See You In Court - Again

One of the things that is becoming more disturbing each day is how the Obama Administration is issuing a tsunami of regulations, interpretive rules, sub-regulatory guidance, executive orders, guidelines, and even divine proclamations on White House...

October 17, 2014
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Happy Anniversary

It is hard to believe that the online marketplaces, or exchanges, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, are having their one year anniversary this month.  It seems like only yesterday that the federal website, Healthcare....

October 5, 2014
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The Medical Device Tax: A Vise On Innovation

Since the day of its passage in 2010, millions of Americans and hundreds of members of Congress have called for the repeal of the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or...

September 10, 2014