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Senate Finance Committee Drug Pricing Changes - Market Driven or More Destructive Price Controls?

The healthcare policy community is anxiously waiting to see what kind of pharmaceutical pricing legislation Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will produce for Medicare and Medicaid drug plans when Congress returns from the Independence Day break.  Will the shallow, but damaging, policy of instituting price controls be utilized or will enhanced competitive private-sector negotiations be allowed to take hold?  Because competition always leads to lower costs and more innovation, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) hopes it is t

Legal Sports Betting Scores Big With Taxpayers

The year 2019 has been a landmark year for sports betting, with one in four Americans living in a state where the practice is legal. Since the 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal prohibition, states are now permitted to pass sports betting legislation. After the decision, 17 states have fully embraced the ruling, while others have rejected or delayed legislation.

New York’s Green New Deal Faces Some Inconvenient Truths

On June 19, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated he would be willing to sign the Climate and Community Protection Act into law.

Greedy Administrators are the Real Reason Why Baltimore’s Education System is Crumbling

The city of Baltimore’s schools are badly failing, despite spending more per capita than almost anywhere in the country.  To understand why, one needs only to look where the money is going: into the pockets of crooked public education administrators.

The American Medical Association’s Shaky Stance on Socialized Medicine

As the American Medical Association’s (AMA) shrinking membership tilts further and further to the left, real questions need to be asked about the organization’s influence over the Medicare for All debate. 

USPS Struggles with Finding and Measuring Efficiencies

Math is hard.  Especially when it comes to the USPS and its attempts to save money.

Taxpayers' Independence Day

The American people received an early Independence Day present on July 1 when President Trump signed into law H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019.

Hang Onto Your Wallets ... And Your Freedom

Listening to the Democratic presidential debates these past two days has been alarming.  Pandering to specific groups, the candidates are prepared to have the federal government cover the costs for a myriad of programs.  The New York Times wrote, “The Democrats’ two nights of debates showed that liberalism is on the march in the party.

Lawmakers Who Want to Boost the Middle Class Should Focus on Lowering the Debt

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2019 Long-Term Outlook which corroborated that the United States current rate of spending is unsustainable.

CBO warns the nation’s mounting debt heightens the risk of a fiscal crisis and will slow income growth, place upward pressure on interest rates, and weaken the ability to respond to the next national emergency or recession.

No More Vaping in San Francisco?

The Los Angeles Times’s June 24 editorial, “San Francisco’s E-cigarette Ban Isn’t Just Bad Policy, it’s Bad for Public Health” is right on target.

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