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October - What A Month for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, did not have a very good October and it will only get worse for the President’s vaunted healthcare “reform” plan.  Temporary walls that were built to protect Obamacare from market forces and normal consumer responses are starting to collapse.

November 3, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1446589183

Organic Food: A Healthy Alternative or a Waste of Money?

Organic food is better for you, right?  Think again.  I listened to the John Batchelor radio show Monday night and was fortunate to hear a former colleague of mine, Henry Miller, MS MD, discuss organic foods.  Dr.

October 7, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1444268691

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 blog and in a Citizen’s Against Government Waste August (CAGW) August 2014 WasteWatcher.  The INN was created by the WHO more than 60 years ago and its purpose was to provide an international identification system of pharmaceutical

September 15, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1442339697

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 ObamaCare, and that it must be abolished.  He joins fellow presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in calling for its repeal.

August 26, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1440598767

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. Walker’s is a relatively detailed 13-page document and while Sen.

August 24, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1440445338

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 — Elizabeth Wright 1439576092

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 $54.2 billion.  Cigna is known primarily for administrating health insurance coverage for large employers.  The Wall Street Journal notes Cigna is currently the fifth largest health insurer in the country and is being purchased by the second large

July 27, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1438017722

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 Participating Hospitals.”  The report confirms what Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been saying for some time; the 340B drug discount program is being abused by many hospitals for profit-making purposes and needs to be reformed.

July 17, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1437153974

A Positive Start to Repeal the Medical Device Tax

On Thursday, June 18, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on total sales for certain medical devices that was created in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The legislation, H.R. 160, entitled the “Protect Medical Innovation Act,” passed by a vote of 280 to 140.  All the Republicans and 46 Democrats voted for the legislation.

June 19, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1434735878

Gold, Silver, Bronze (oh, Platinum too)

In years past, when people heard the terms Gold, Silver, Bronze, they thought about the Olympic medals.  Now, they likely think of ObamaCare with its metallic collection of expensive healthcare plans of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

April 14, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1429068498

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