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October 2, 2015

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Beltway Buzz: October 2015

It’s all business in DC after Labor Day. Presidential campaigns, a potential government shutdown and a big resignation are keeping the Hill on its toes. Rising Drug Prices, Rising Opinions: The debate over prescription drug costs is far from over. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders added fuel to the fire this month with some big announcements. Check it out below. Clinton Capping Prices: Clinton laid out her health care plan, which intends to build upon the ACA by capping monthly and annual out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. Her plan also denies tax breaks for televised direct-to-consumer advertising and requires drug companies that receive taxpayers’ support to invest in research and development. Layin’ Down The Law: Senator Sanders also weighed in on drug prices and introduced legislation that will put an end to out of control increases in pharmaceutical prices. His plan includes getting Congress to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies and creating tougher penalties for drug companies that commit fraud. Competition vs. Innovation: Lucky for us, we are a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill where we had a front row seat to a briefing entitled, “Prescription Drug Costs:Continue Reading

August 31, 2015

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Beltway Buzz: August 2015

Who ever said recess wasn’t fun? With summer on its way out, DC is on its way in. Presidential campaigns and debates, FDA approvals and of course, health care reform is starting to come to life.   Presidential Update: The presidential race is heating up! As predicted, health care is a hot topic on the minds of candidates and voters alike. Here’s what you need to know: GOP Talks The Talk: The first Republican presidential debate reaffirmed the party’s push to replace Obamacare. While this isn’t surprising news, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-F.L. are the only two candidates so far to detail their plans of action. CNN will host the next GOP debate on Sept. 16 and Democratic debate on Oct. 13. High Drug Costs Takes The Cake: Research is showing that the elimination of the ACA may not be the top health care-related concern among GOP voters. What is it, you ask? Addressing high costs is the top health care priority, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Furthermore, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike are united on the issue. Brunchin’ with Bernie: On the Democratic front, Bernie Sanders received excellent news this month – hisContinue Reading