Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

Could Affording Drugs be Easier Under a New Finance Method?

Sovaldi®, used for treatment of Hepatitis C, costs up to $84,000 per course, administered over a short period of 12 to 24 weeks...

Could Private Exchanges Save Health Care?

Real choice and genuine market competition could spark the real health care change America has been waiting for — for far too long...

Small Businesses Need Saved From Obamacare

The increased burden of regulations and rising health insurance premiums have reduced pay in firms with 20 to 99 employees by at least $22.6 billion annually...

The Social Security Disability Insurance Program Could Be Insolvent by 2016

As technology and medicine progress, so too must the government's ability to determine whether diseases and conditions are truly disabling...

King v Burwell Decision Could Usher in Obamacare Alternative

Victory for the plaintiffs in King v Burwell would cause massive disruption in health insurance in the 36 states using healthcare.gov because beneficiaries' premiums would increase significantly...

Is Patent Reform Protecting Pharmaceutical Patents?

The America Invents Act targeted "patent trolls" — companies that buy dubious patents and use them to sue businesses for infringement...

Low Rebates in Medicare Wasting Taxpayer Dollars

In 2012, Medicare received $10.3 billion in rebates for $66.5 billion worth of drug payouts while Medicaid received $16.7 billion in rebates and paid out about $35.7 billion...

Inventing New Drugs Is Costly, but Not Inventing Them is Costlier

The total cost to develop and gain marketing approval for a new drug is an estimated $2.6 billion...

Repealing Obamacare Will Take Some Convincing

The real obstacle to advancing an alternative to Obamacare will be interests in the health sector, which has mastered Obamacare remarkably...

Consumers on the Losing End of New Drug Plan Regulations

Blatant protectionism through restrictive drug plan regulations may be touted as consumer protections, but more often than not they benefit local pharmacy service providers at the expense of consumers...


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