Drug Pricing

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Uncle Sam Can’t haggle better than private insurers

The White House is declaring war on prescription drug prices. “The administration is deeply concerned with the rapidly growing prices of specialty and brand name drugs,” notes President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal. To keep prices down, the president wants the government to negotiate prices for drugs dispensed through Medicare. But …

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Don’t let artificial caps stifle drug production

This is shaping up to be another banner year for medical progress. Regulators have already approved 28 new medicines, roughly on last year’s pace of 41 new drug approvals – the most since the Clinton administration. But in future years, the list of medical breakthroughs could prove much shorter. In …

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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Would Be A Disaster For All

This month, Bernie Sanders took his vision for the future of American health care to a national television audience in the first Democratic presidential debate. “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished,” Sanders said. He wants the United States …

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders plans will gut Medicare Part D

Hillary Clinton just released her plan to restructure Medicare “Part D,” a program that provides affordable prescription drug insurance to 37 million Americans. Clinton’s proposal comes hot on the heels of Bernie Sanders’ bill, S. 2023, which would likewise radically alter Medicare Part D by allowing federal officials to negotiate …

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Hillary Clinton’s Answer To Obamacare: More Government

Late last month, Hillary Clinton began releasing the details for her vision for health reform. That vision is little more than Obamacare on steroids. “I will defend the Affordable Care Act, but as president I want to go further,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said at a recent community forum in …

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Drug importation is still a dangerous idea

Mike Huckabee thinks one of the worst health policy ideas “just makes sense.” The former Arkansas governor and current presidential hopeful just threw his weight behind drug importation. His proposal isn’t new. For two decades, Congress has considered drug importation almost every year. And for good reason, lawmakers have consistently …

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Hospitals Manipulate Drug Program for Poor

Health insurance costs are set to jump dramatically. A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that average premiums will rise nearly 7% in 2014 ?? and then continue to increase by at least 5% annually over the next decade. The rising cost of insurance is …

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Healthcare’s Problem Is Not High Drug Prices

Is $84,000 too much to pay to save a life? That’s a question worth asking now that the insurance industry has declared war on what it has deemed outrageous prices for new specialty drugs. In this case, the complaints focus on Sovaldi, a breakthrough treatment that gives three million people …

Drug Pricing

Hospitals Making Hundreds of Millions Off Program for Poor

Affluent hospitals are ginning up hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains every year by exploiting a federal health care program intended to help poor and vulnerable Americans. That’s the conclusion of a report from the inspector general at the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The hospitals …

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Drug Discount Program Drives up Costs, Discounts the Poor

American cancer patients have never had a better chance of beating the disease than they do today. In the last quarter-century, cancer death rates have declined by more than one-fifth. But these gains in the fight against cancer haven’t come cheaply. Cancer drug prices have doubled in the past decade. …

Commentary

Uncle Sam Can’t haggle better than private insurers

The White House is declaring war on prescription drug prices. “The administration is deeply concerned with the rapidly growing prices of specialty and brand name drugs,” notes President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal. To keep prices down, the president wants the government to negotiate prices for drugs dispensed through Medicare. But …

Commentary

Don’t let artificial caps stifle drug production

This is shaping up to be another banner year for medical progress. Regulators have already approved 28 new medicines, roughly on last year’s pace of 41 new drug approvals – the most since the Clinton administration. But in future years, the list of medical breakthroughs could prove much shorter. In …

Commentary

Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Would Be A Disaster For All

This month, Bernie Sanders took his vision for the future of American health care to a national television audience in the first Democratic presidential debate. “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished,” Sanders said. He wants the United States …

Commentary

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders plans will gut Medicare Part D

Hillary Clinton just released her plan to restructure Medicare “Part D,” a program that provides affordable prescription drug insurance to 37 million Americans. Clinton’s proposal comes hot on the heels of Bernie Sanders’ bill, S. 2023, which would likewise radically alter Medicare Part D by allowing federal officials to negotiate …

Commentary

Hillary Clinton’s Answer To Obamacare: More Government

Late last month, Hillary Clinton began releasing the details for her vision for health reform. That vision is little more than Obamacare on steroids. “I will defend the Affordable Care Act, but as president I want to go further,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said at a recent community forum in …

Commentary

Drug importation is still a dangerous idea

Mike Huckabee thinks one of the worst health policy ideas “just makes sense.” The former Arkansas governor and current presidential hopeful just threw his weight behind drug importation. His proposal isn’t new. For two decades, Congress has considered drug importation almost every year. And for good reason, lawmakers have consistently …

Commentary

Hospitals Manipulate Drug Program for Poor

Health insurance costs are set to jump dramatically. A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that average premiums will rise nearly 7% in 2014 ?? and then continue to increase by at least 5% annually over the next decade. The rising cost of insurance is …

Commentary

Healthcare’s Problem Is Not High Drug Prices

Is $84,000 too much to pay to save a life? That’s a question worth asking now that the insurance industry has declared war on what it has deemed outrageous prices for new specialty drugs. In this case, the complaints focus on Sovaldi, a breakthrough treatment that gives three million people …

Drug Pricing

Hospitals Making Hundreds of Millions Off Program for Poor

Affluent hospitals are ginning up hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains every year by exploiting a federal health care program intended to help poor and vulnerable Americans. That’s the conclusion of a report from the inspector general at the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The hospitals …

Commentary

Drug Discount Program Drives up Costs, Discounts the Poor

American cancer patients have never had a better chance of beating the disease than they do today. In the last quarter-century, cancer death rates have declined by more than one-fifth. But these gains in the fight against cancer haven’t come cheaply. Cancer drug prices have doubled in the past decade. …

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