Daily Policy Digest
|Weak Idea at Bernie's: Bureaucrats Should Not Negotiate Drug Prices
Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings -- along with a few other liberal Members of Congress -- want to change the way Medicare purchases drugs for seniors. Even President Trump has perpetuated the idea that having the government negotiate prices directly with drug makers would lower Medicare’s drug costs. It is a popular talking point mainly because many Americans naively assume Medicare does not haggle over the price of drugs. However, it’s a dumb idea; drugs used by seniors are negotiated through an elaborate bargaining process, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...
|Should U.S. Imports Be Taxed to Subsidize Exports?
A proposed border-adjusted tax would be completely undermined by international competitive markets, according to a new study by NCPA Senior Fellow David Ranson, president and director of research at HCWE & Co...
|Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?
Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions -- particularly when it comes to costs?, asks NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...
|Do World Leaders Actually Know How to Respond to Terrorism?
The war against radical Islam might well become Obamacare for national security. Americans will continue to suffer, while elected officials dither, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Advice to the New FDA Commissioner
Despite advances in information technology, the number of years it takes to approve a drug has about doubled every decade, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...
|Playing the (Bad) Hand You're Dealt: Prop Up Obamacare or Kill It?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was predicated on what is sometimes referred to as a three-legged stool. If any one of the legs breaks or is removed, the stool topples along with anyone using it. The first leg is insurance regulations that guarantee everyone access to coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. In addition, premiums cannot vary by health risk, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...
|The Trump Administration’s Attempt to Slow Obamacare’s Collapse through Rulemaking
Obamacare is enrolling too many sick people and too few healthy ones to prevent a death spiral. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has proposed a new rule to stabilize the Obamacare markets for individual health insurance. This was the first rule issued since Dr. Tom Price was appointed HHS secretary. The proposed Market Stabilization rule includes a number of measures to prevent people from entering the market when sick and exiting when healthy, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|For Latin America, The Legacy of Communism is in its Response
The legacy of Communism in Argentina, and for many countries in Latin America, proved different from the stories of government tyranny and economic oppression in Eastern Europe. The legacy of Communism in Argentina can be found in its response, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Obamacare Repeal & Replace 2.0: Where Do We Go from Here?
Passage of the AHCA (the Obamacare repeal bill) would have resulted in numerous benefits –-- getting rid of the individual and employer mandates, stopping the open-ended exchange subsidies and the huge expansion of Medicaid that will bankrupt America over time, are but a few, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick for Townhall.
|Terrorism in Latin America (Part One): The Infiltration of Islamic Extremists
The threat from Islamic extremists in Latin America remains an overlooked aspect of U.S. national security strategy. And the threat is worsening -- not "waning" as the Obama administration claimed about Iran in 2013, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...