Far-Reaching Medicare Part B Changes Violate Separation Of Powers — And With CBO’s Blessing

Members of Congress expressed outrage at the Congressional Budget Office during a recent House hearing for assuming that sweeping, untested changes to Medicare will save $34 billion “even before you know what the project is,” Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) said. “There is no cost-benefit analysis, there is no testing done, you don’t even know...

Competition in Medicare Advantage, Part D, and “Extra Help”/ Working together for seniors and taxpayers

Seniors are beginning to get fliers in the mail alerting them to the upcoming open season for enrollment in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  Both programs rely on competition and consumer choice to increase options and hold down costs for seniors.  Open season begins October 15 for those planning to...

CMS Rule On Biosimilar Payment Could Have Serious Side Effects

The Obama administration and leading members of Congress are clashing over a new Medicare payment rule that could compromise patient care, impede development of a fledgling part of the biologics industry, and make it more difficult to track patient safety issues. At issue is government payment policy for a new class of drugs called...

Medicare’s Birthday: A Failed Centralized Program Turns 50

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Mo., to sign legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid in the presence of fellow Democrat and former President Harry Truman, who during his presidency led unsuccessful efforts to establish a national health insurance system. The battle over the legislation was long and bruising, with conservatives including...