House Votes to Give the Government the Power to Negotiate Drug Prices & 12 more stories

House Votes to Give the Government the Power to Negotiate Drug Prices, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, published 2019-12-12T19:10:25Z

Top Story: The high-profile measure would curb the price of prescription drugs and extend more benefits to Medicare beneficiaries.

House Republicans countered the Democrats bill with a more modest measure that excludes the Medicare negotiation provision. Mr. Trump campaigned in 2016 on allowing the government to negotiate drug prices, but Republicans argued that giving that power to the … [+1948 chars] [read the full story]

How to Get Americans to Love Capitalism Again

Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Erskine B. Bowles, 2019-12-11T20:03:08Z

Overview: There are better solutions than wealth taxes, ‘Medicare for all’ or universal basic income.

Based on research from the newest book from the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, the two of us are more convinced than ever that those policies are fundamentally misguided and would result in economically harmful outcomes that could put our economy on an unstab… [+2125 chars] [read the full story]

As poll numbers slide, Warren wrestles with Medicare for All dilemma

Amanda Becker, 2019-12-08T11:09:00Z

Overview: With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa on her signature anti-cor…

MARION, Iowa (Reuters) – With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa … [+3362 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren isn’t talking as much about Medicare for All. Supporters worry that could hurt her.

Reuters, 2019-12-08T15:46:00Z

Overview: Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is refocusing her campaign after a critical reception to her divisive $20.5 trillion Medicare For All plan in November. The candidate is now focused on her anti-corruption message, only bringing up Me…

MARION, Iowa (Reuters) – With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa … [+3348 chars] [read the full story]

How The House Prescription Drug Plan Would Try To Lower Drug Prices

Selena Simmons-Duffin, 2019-12-12T10:00:51Z

Overview: Lawmakers are voting Thursday on a bill to rein in drug costs. President Trump has vowed to veto it. But the plan shares a lot with other bipartisan efforts. Here’s how it would work.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the sponsor of a bill proposing to lower prescription drug prices in part by allowing Medicare some leeway in negotiating prices with drugmakers.
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Practically everyone i… [+5971 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Seeks a Second Act After Slip from Top

Shane Goldmacher, 2019-12-10T11:00:17Z

Overview: She is taking on Pete Buttigieg directly, whacking at Mike Bloomberg and emphasizing her gender as the top woman left in the race.

Ms. Warrens core anti-corruption message remains unchanged, and several of the new flourishes seemed designed to amplify it. Her argument that Mr. Buttigieg must disclose his bundlers is cast as a concern about corruption, as are her attacks on Mr. Bloomberg … [+1613 chars] [read the full story]

How the healthcare industry is working to flatline Medicare for All

Mark Kreidler, 2019-12-10T14:30:23Z

Overview: A deeply funded lobbying group led by a former Hillary Clinton aide is out to kill the healthcare plan supported by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other presidential contenders. The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future’s ideological roots go ba…

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When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out details of her Medicare for All plan at the beginning of November, she didn’t merely answer … [+11264 chars] [read the full story]

A top Trump health appointee reportedly tried to get taxpayers to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry that got stolen from a rented SUV

Michelle Mark, 2019-12-08T02:04:02Z

Overview: A top Trump health appointee requested that taxpayers cover roughly $47,000 worth of jewelry and other luxury items that were stolen as she traveled for work, Politico reported. Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,…

President Donald Trump’s appointee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requested that taxpayers cover roughly $47,000 worth of jewelry and other items that were stolen from her while she traveled for work, Politico reported Saturday evening.… [+1429 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Is Fighting a Two-Flank War

Giovanni Russonello, 2019-12-13T17:20:42Z

Overview: While she remains a leading candidate, Ms. Warren’s momentum has slowed in part because she faces threats from both the left and the right.

To a degree, the drop in support she experienced this fall can be seen as self-perpetuating: Some less-ideological voters got behind her in the late summer and early fall, when she was increasingly being seen as a front-runner. As questions took hold about he… [+1986 chars] [read the full story]

Trump may have to mediate a bitter feud between two top health officials, a new report says

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-12-10T18:13:47Z

Overview: A bitter feud between two of the Trump administration’s top health officials may require some of President Trump’s self-proclaimed dealmaking prowess. Axios first reported that the White House has summoned Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Cen…

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  • A bitter feud between two of the Trump administration’s top health officials may require some of President Trump’s self-proclaimed dealmaking prowess.
  • Axios first reported that the White House has summoned Health and Human… [+2574 chars] [read the full story]

Province turns to private sector for help reducing surgery wait times – Calgary Herald

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Overview: Province turns to private sector for help reducing surgery wait times Calgary Herald Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming CBC.ca Alberta to address lengthy surgical wait times CTV News A…

The Alberta government intends to reduce wait times for surgeries by shifting some of the burden to private surgical facilities.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Tuesday at the Southern Alberta Eye Centre in Calgary that the government will expand its… [+3522 chars] [read the full story]

Amid impeachment, House Democrats push measure to lower cost of prescription drugs

Libby Cathey, 2019-12-11T19:43:54Z

Overview: Amid their impeachment efforts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats on Wednesday pushed a bill to lower drug costs ahead of a vote on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that later in the day the House would debate and then vote Thursday on a bill that she said would reduce prescription drug costs, the latest example of Democrats drawing attention to their legislative efforts whi… [+4919 chars] [read the full story]