Commentary

Commentary

The Inflation Reduction Act is just another step toward government-run healthcare

Congress just passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a series of sweeping healthcare reforms. Among them are provisions that increase taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies and impose price controls on drugs. The White House framed the bill as a “historic legislative achievement” that will lower costs for families. But these reforms …

Commentary

Reducing Access To Home Healthcare Services Will Raise Costs And Worsen Outcomes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent decision on home healthcare services, if implemented, will increase overall healthcare expenditures and decrease the quality of services received by patients. CMS’ overarching goal is praiseworthy – the agency is trying to maintain budget neutrality while changing its payment system rates. …

Commentary

The FDA and Death by Dietary Supplement

The wife of California Republican congressman Tom McClintock, Lori McClintock, died of dehydration due to gastroenteritis caused by “adverse effects of white mulberry leaf ingestion,” according to a just-released coroner’s report. That herb is just one of many dubious and potentially life-threatening herbal remedies and other dietary supplements on the market …

Commentary

Biden administration plays fast and loose with health exchange enrollment numbers

The White House recently released a series of state-specific fact sheets touting, among other things, how many people will keep their exchange coverage due to the extension of subsidies by the newly passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). There’s just one problem. The lofty coverage estimates ignore significant state-level variations in exchange enrollment …

Commentary

No, Socialized Medicine Won’t Expand Life Expectancy

U.S. life expectancy has declined by nearly three years since 2019, according to data out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average person can expect to live 76 years. The COVID-19 pandemic is largely to blame for this regrettable trend. But many progressives believe the U.S. healthcare …

California

Newsom Dives In The Deep End

Gov. Gavin Newsom has unwrapped a long-overdue plan to quench California’s perpetual thirst. While a bit late and slightly off the mark, his $8 billion Water Supply Strategy is a welcomed development in a state that really needs one. The governor called it “an aggressive plan to rebuild the way …

Blog

Replacing White Bagging Mandates With Market Competition Will Improve Patient Outcome

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) deploy numerous anticompetitive actions, which have not gone unnoticed. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an inquiry to examine whether PBMs have adverse impacts “on the access and affordability of prescription drugs.” The government’s probe is welcome news. But there are many detrimental PBM practices that are …

Commentary

Inflation Reduction Act Bad Enough, Side Effects Worse

Among the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act’s most destructive provisions are the price controls it puts on prescription drugs through Medicare. These price controls are certain to have a chilling effect on pharmaceutical innovation in the years ahead. But the precise manner in which the IRA will undermine biomedical research and development …

Commentary

The Ultimate Price Of Government Price Controls

Democrats have nudged the U.S. healthcare system closer to Canadian-style socialism with their recently signed, and dubiously named, Inflation Reduction Act. The IRA will impose a collection of price caps on prescription drugs. Canada has long forcibly controlled drug prices—and thereby deprived patients of access to cutting-edge care. The story …

California

Californians About to Be Served Restaurant Closures With a Side of Higher Prices

A bill that would forever change the restaurant industry is being sharpened in anticipation of a vote in Sacramento. Should it become law, it would likely increase food prices through a de facto tax on meals. In an era of steep inflation, low- and middle-income families might find themselves a …

Commentary

The Inflation Reduction Act is just another step toward government-run healthcare

Congress just passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a series of sweeping healthcare reforms. Among them are provisions that increase taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies and impose price controls on drugs. The White House framed the bill as a “historic legislative achievement” that will lower costs for families. But these reforms …

Commentary

Reducing Access To Home Healthcare Services Will Raise Costs And Worsen Outcomes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent decision on home healthcare services, if implemented, will increase overall healthcare expenditures and decrease the quality of services received by patients. CMS’ overarching goal is praiseworthy – the agency is trying to maintain budget neutrality while changing its payment system rates. …

Commentary

The FDA and Death by Dietary Supplement

The wife of California Republican congressman Tom McClintock, Lori McClintock, died of dehydration due to gastroenteritis caused by “adverse effects of white mulberry leaf ingestion,” according to a just-released coroner’s report. That herb is just one of many dubious and potentially life-threatening herbal remedies and other dietary supplements on the market …

Commentary

Biden administration plays fast and loose with health exchange enrollment numbers

The White House recently released a series of state-specific fact sheets touting, among other things, how many people will keep their exchange coverage due to the extension of subsidies by the newly passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). There’s just one problem. The lofty coverage estimates ignore significant state-level variations in exchange enrollment …

Commentary

No, Socialized Medicine Won’t Expand Life Expectancy

U.S. life expectancy has declined by nearly three years since 2019, according to data out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average person can expect to live 76 years. The COVID-19 pandemic is largely to blame for this regrettable trend. But many progressives believe the U.S. healthcare …

California

Newsom Dives In The Deep End

Gov. Gavin Newsom has unwrapped a long-overdue plan to quench California’s perpetual thirst. While a bit late and slightly off the mark, his $8 billion Water Supply Strategy is a welcomed development in a state that really needs one. The governor called it “an aggressive plan to rebuild the way …

Blog

Replacing White Bagging Mandates With Market Competition Will Improve Patient Outcome

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) deploy numerous anticompetitive actions, which have not gone unnoticed. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an inquiry to examine whether PBMs have adverse impacts “on the access and affordability of prescription drugs.” The government’s probe is welcome news. But there are many detrimental PBM practices that are …

Commentary

Inflation Reduction Act Bad Enough, Side Effects Worse

Among the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act’s most destructive provisions are the price controls it puts on prescription drugs through Medicare. These price controls are certain to have a chilling effect on pharmaceutical innovation in the years ahead. But the precise manner in which the IRA will undermine biomedical research and development …

Commentary

The Ultimate Price Of Government Price Controls

Democrats have nudged the U.S. healthcare system closer to Canadian-style socialism with their recently signed, and dubiously named, Inflation Reduction Act. The IRA will impose a collection of price caps on prescription drugs. Canada has long forcibly controlled drug prices—and thereby deprived patients of access to cutting-edge care. The story …

California

Californians About to Be Served Restaurant Closures With a Side of Higher Prices

A bill that would forever change the restaurant industry is being sharpened in anticipation of a vote in Sacramento. Should it become law, it would likely increase food prices through a de facto tax on meals. In an era of steep inflation, low- and middle-income families might find themselves a …

Scroll to Top