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Congress Rushes to Pass Government Funding Package

The $333 billion spending package that Congress has cobbled together to avoid the threat of a partial government shutdown contains lots of giveaways that go beyond keeping the government’s lights on.

The Greatest Sabotage to Obamacare is 'Medicare for All'

Today the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled, “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Reverse ACA Sabotage and Ensure Pre-Existing Condition Protections.”  The irony cannot be lost that Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) was a co-sponsor of H.R.

Green New Deal Falls Flat

In an effort to fight climate change, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced this week a framework they call a "Green New Deal.”  Saying that this plan is overly ambitious is an understatement. 

More Fake News about BPA

For years, physicians, nutritionists, and behavioral scientists have been telling us that too many children are obese, eat too many foods high in fat and sugar, and are too sedentary.  A May 29, 2018 Washington Post article noted that “the average American child spends five to eight hours in front of a digital screen.”  We are not alone in our nation’s children living a much more inactive lifestyle then their pa

19 Things States Should Not Do In 2019

Governors and legislators new and old taking office this month will be inundated with advice from all directions.  Each special interest and left-wing or right-wing single-issue activist group will have scheduled meetings between its highest-paid lobbyists and the most important legislators; prepared its talking points and social media campaigns; and made its first campaign contributions of 2019.  The state’s education association, hospital association, largest employers, small businesses, unions, parks, railroads, airports, universities, sports teams, and hundreds of other stakeholders - e

DOD’s JEDI Contract Subject to Further Scrutiny

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract is facing new challenges as the Pentagon investigates potential conflicts of interest by former employees involved in the drafting of the request for proposal (RFP).

CBO Budget Outlook Projects Debt Disaster is on the Horizon

On January 28, 2019, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook for 2019 to 2029 and unsurprisingly, the United States’ fiscal outlook remains dreadful.

They’re Baaaaack – The Sequel

In their never-ending quest to run roughshod and exert control over the research-intensive biopharmaceutical industry, socialists in Congress have introduced various price-control bills.  For some reason they continue to think innovative drugs that cure cancer or other chronic diseases, such as hepatitis C, are whipped up in a back room with a 1970s-style “

Stay Calm and Carry On

On Friday, December 14, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in Texas, et al v. United States, et al, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was unconstitutional.

Using an International Pricing Index is NOT the Way to Lower Drug Costs

On December 6, John O’Brien, the senior advisor on drug pricing reform to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, published a blog, entitled, “How the IPI Model Would Introduce New Market Competition to Medicare Drug Spending.”  The blog left a lot of fiscal conservatives and patient-centered, free-market healthcare advocates scratching their heads.  Mr.

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