Romney and Ryan’s Medicare plan was unpopular, but toward the end of the race Romney and Obama were nearly running even on healthcare and Medicare issues. Ryan said the GOP ticket lost because of high Democratic turnout, especially in urban areas. The Hill’s story is here.
Speaker Ryan? There’s one thing Ryan definitely hasn’t lost: his standing with conservatives. In a blog post at RedState, conservative commentator Erik Erickson wonders whether the right should ditch Boehner and elect Ryan Speaker, in part because of Boehner’s post-election healthcare statements.
Dolan still fighting: Catholics won't stop fighting the Obama administration's contraception mandate, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reportedly said Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the church will not comply with the mandate and will continue challenging it in court. Read the Healthwatch story.
Drugs are expensive: Fifty-five drugs accounted for about 85 percent of Medicare’s spending on Part B drugs, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday. Part B drugs are administered by a doctor, not taken at home, and the class includes some especially costly products as well as some of the most widely used drugs. About 15 million seniors received the flu vaccine in 2010, making it one of the 55 most expensive drugs, while a pair of biological drugs secured their place on the list through a $217,000 per year price tag. The GAO report is here.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the national outbreak of meningitis.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) will hold a press conference calling for action to strengthen oversight of compounding pharmacies.
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