In searching for answers to why drug costs are high, we only need look at problems our own government has created. One of the biggest culprits distorting prices is the once obscure “340B Drug Pricing Program.” Created in 1992, it requires drugmakers to offer steep discounts to certain safety net clinics and hospitals to help them “stretch scarce federal resources.” The original intent was to … [Read more...] about Double-dippers drive up drug costs
There is no question that Americans are frustrated with the current health care system. Millions remain uninsured, and coverage and care cost too much. Many are simply priced out of the market for health insurance. The costs of premiums and deductibles can be prohibitive, especially for those who don’t get subsidies. Those on public programs are often frustrated as well. Many Medicaid … [Read more...] about A New Generation of Health Reform: The Health Care Choices Plan
By making full use of his executive authority, President Donald Trump has helped to reduce health care costs by increasing choice and competition. But his recent executive order to base Medicare drug prices on rates set by foreign governments is a misstep. Instead of importing price controls, the Trump administration should pursue bipartisan Medicare reforms that would cap seniors’ … [Read more...] about Trump Doesn’t Need Price Controls to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
Brian Blase | The New York Post | President Trump will face off with former Vice President Joe Biden in the first presidential debate this week, where health care is bound to come up. While Democrats often attack Trump for a lack of a health-care plan, the truth is, his administration has significantly increased Americans’ choice of health coverage and improved access to care. In fact, Trump … [Read more...] about 11 things Trump has done to fix Obamacare
In a new Forbes piece, Galen Institute senior fellow and former special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council Brian Blase, discusses the ACA’s failures and how Trump administration reforms have helped. According to Blase: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was principally intended to improve health insurance markets for individuals and small … [Read more...] about How the ACA Failed–Brian Blase for Forbes
Months of work have come together just at the right time with the release today of a letter, signed by 68 [updated 10/6/20: 81] thinkers and leaders in health reform, showing support for the Consensus Group’s updated Health Care Choices plan. The Daily Signal published the letter today, What’s Needed for Health Care Reform: Personalized Care That Puts You and Your Doctor in … [Read more...] about Yes, we have a plan!—Consensus Group letter on health reform
Grace-Marie Turner | Forbes | President Trump has doubled down on the Executive Order he put on hold in July that threatened to import price controls from countries with government-run health systems and use them as a basis for what Medicare pays for certain drugs. The new order proposes a “Most Favored Nation” (MFN) pricing scheme not only on more expensive specialty drugs paid under … [Read more...] about Say No To Importing Foreign Price Controls On Drugs
by Joel White and Doug Badger | When the levees broke under Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers was roasted for spending billions and still failing to protect Americans. So where's the outrage over the latest epic governmental fail — this one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? The federal agency with primary responsibility for handling infectious diseases, the … [Read more...] about Why is the CDC fighting today’s coronavirus with yesterday’s technology?