With the federal debt at $21 trillion and rising, if Congress will not act on this package, when will it discover fiscal discipline?
The administration proposes changing the FDA’s name to the ‘Federal Drug Administration,’ making clear that its focus will solely be on drugs, devices, biologics, and tobacco.
The plan includes parameters for a state-based block grant that would combine funds from Obamacare’s insurance subsidies and its Medicaid expansion into one pot of money.
Despite these organizations’ own statements opposing these costly requirements, the plan from Heritage and others would leave them in place, hamstringing states.
Senior health reporter at Politico, Jennifer Haberkorn, talks Obamacare, Congressional healthy policy, and ‘Right to Try’ on the Federalist Radio Hour.
Rather than throwing more taxpayer money at exchanges, Republicans could emphasize new alternatives to Obamacare-compliant plans.
These requirements would undermine the bill’s supposed goal of ‘state flexibility,’ and could lead to a regime more onerous and expensive than Obamacare itself.
The plan would give states the flexibility to do what Bill Cassidy wants them to do, and only what Bill Cassidy wants them to do. That isn’t flexibility at all.
A few short words in a summary of the Heritage plan leave the real possibility that the plan, if enacted as described, could lead to taxpayer funding of abortion coverage.
Striking down the law through legal fiat would represent judicial activism at its worst—asking unelected judges to do what elected members of Congress took great pains to avoid.
It says much about the leftward shift of the Democratic Party that the government-run ‘public option’ represents the most conservative of all the policy proposals discussed.
While such costs represent a small fraction of overall spending on health care, several dynamics help the prescription drug issue gain disproportionate attention.
The Commonwealth researchers claim Trump administration decisions explain the decline in the number of Americans with health insurance. But the data themselves suggest another theory.
A relatively small provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, gives President Trump the ability to achieve what his party has failed to accomplish.
Rather than criticizing Tom Price for his candid comments, Republicans would do better to go back and pass legislation repealing the Obamacare regulations.
Here’s a solution: stop focusing on trying to control prescription drug prices, and start paying attention to who’s paying them.
If the only state-based insurance reform plan proposed to date violates Graham-Cassidy, then how much ‘flexibility’ does the legislation really provide?
Like other studies before it, the Urban paper omitted inconvenient truths that have made this year’s premium increases less drastic for consumers than they appear at first blush.
Republicans seem insistent on doing anything but solving the ultimate problem with Obamacare: strangling states’ and individuals’ power to manage their own health care.
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