Healthcare

Searching for the next Bob Dole and George McGovern

The year is 2043. At a gala in Washington, D.C. retired Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and retired Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are scheduled to receive the World Food Program’s 29th annual Tom Harkin Humanitarian Award.

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Part D's lessons for entitlement reform

While battles rage over Obamacare, Washington barely noticed the anniversary for another government health care program. December 8 marked ten years since passage of the Medicare Part D drug program for seniors.

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ObamaCare's real goal was control over our lives

Time Magazine recently listed the fifty worst cars of all time. The communist East German Trabant made the list with this description: "This is the car that gave Communism a bad name. Powered by a two-stroke pollution generator that maxed out...

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How to fix this mess

Call it a perfect storm of unintended consequences.  Health plans are being cancelled.  Exchanges are not dispensing subsidies.  Consumers are reeling from sticker shock.  Yet at least some of this upheaval is avoidable.  Here are five things Congress and the President should do to provide stability and health security for people losing their coverage.

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The real statin controversy

Twice as many Americans are likely to be eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, if doctors follow new heart guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Statins are widely prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attacks, but the new guidelines recommend that they also be considered for people at high risk of stroke.

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Honor Veterans—Pass Excellence in Mental Health Act

Twenty-two veterans die from suicide every day. Nearly 25 percent of our veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will confront PTSD or another mental health issue. Across the country, far too many veterans are going undiagnosed or untreated and are suffering because of it.

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Let community pharmacies compete as preferred providers

While most merchants decide on their own what to charge consumers, prices are dictated to small business independent community pharmacies and beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by take-it-or-leave-it contracts that pharmacies must sign with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), multi-billion dollar middlemen between the pharmacist and the health plan.

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