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Our latest Liberty Update highlights the danger of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that's about to enjoy a doubling of funding and personnel via the abominable Manchin-Schumer "compromise" tax-and-spend-and-regulate bill.  Apologists for the bill rationalize that a turbocharged IRS is necessary to collect more taxes from the American people (and we highlight in our piece how Americans earning under $200,000, not the "rich," will be the primary targets).  The U.S. Treasury Department, however, just reported that the federal government just collected a record amount of taxes so far this fiscal year.  The obvious problem isn't insufficient funding of the federal government, but rather excessive spending:

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Drug Price Controls Reemerge from Biden’s “Build Back Better” Rubble Print
By Timothy H. Lee
Thursday, January 27 2022
Price controls don’t work, they’ve never worked and they never will work, regardless of the product in question. Moderates and conservatives in Congress must therefore resist any temptation to entertain “Build Back Better” Act’s drug price control provisions as individual legislative proposals.

Regarding the Beatles, it’s often observed that their whole was greater than the sum of their four individual parts.  

In other words, paraphrasing Aristotle’s maxim, together they achieved a magical symbiosis surpassing anything that their individual talents added together might have otherwise anticipated.  

In any event, a counterpart to that famed maxim cannot be said of Joe Biden’s failed “Build Back Better” Act.  Its individual components, broken down into isolated legislative proposals, remain no less dangerous when detached from the monstrous whole as originally attempted.  

The Biden Administration and its enablers in the Pelosi-Schumer Congress, however, remain undeterred.  Rather than acknowledge the disastrous results of their hyper-left agenda and correcting course in a more reasonable manner as promised during the 2020 campaign, they rationalize that everything will be fine if they simply reintroduce the individual components of “Build Back Better” in piecemeal fashion.  

Among the leading items on their component wish list:  drug price control proposals that would kill pharmaceutical investment and innovation in the United States.  Price controls don’t work, they’ve never worked and they never will work, regardless of the product in question.  Moderates and conservatives in Congress must therefore resist any temptation to entertain “Build Back Better” Act’s drug price control provisions as individual legislative proposals.  

How do we know that price controls don’t work?  Even left-leaning voices acknowledge their failure and admonish against them.  

For example, when asked recently to opine on price control proposals in today’s environment of rising inflation, former Obama Administration economic guru and University of Chicago economics professor Austan Goolsbee bluntly replied, “Just Stop.  Seriously.”  

With specific regard to lifesaving pharmaceuticals, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warns explicitly about the negative effects that price controls inflict:  

[P]rice controls, combined with the threat of market lockout or intellectual property infringement, prevent drug companies from charging market rates for their products, while delaying the availability of new cures to patients living in countries implementing those policies.  

Professor Goolsbee’s University of Chicago offered even greater specificity on current drug price control proposals before Congress, quantifying their destructive effect on future lifesaving innovations:  

The United States has fewer restrictions on price than other countries, but the Biden Administration has announced their goal to lower drug prices through greater price regulation…  [N]ew drug approvals will fall by 32 to 65 approvals from 2021 to 2029 and 135 to 277 approvals from 2030 to 2039.  These significant drops in new drug approvals will lead to delays in needed drug therapies, resulting in worse health outcomes for patients.  

As that study emphasizes, the U.S. maintains a more market-oriented approach to pharmaceutical innovation than our counterparts, and we benefit from that disparity.  Of 270 new medicines introduced here in the U.S. since 2011, for instance, Canadians could only access 52% of them, the Germans 67%, the British 64%, the French 53%, the Japanese 48% and the Australians just 41%.  Additionally, the U.S. accounts for two-thirds of all new drugs introduced to the world.  

Drug price control proposals before Congress would jeopardize that leadership.  As Senator Mike Crapo (R – Idaho) and his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee highlight, the Chinese would benefit while Americans and the rest of the world would suffer:  

Imagine the world today without COVID vaccines or treatments, and imagine a world with a weak or nonexistent pipeline for combating conditions like Alzheimer’s, sickle cell disease, or cancer.  These policy proposals imperil our hopes for the lifesaving cures and life-enhancing therapies of tomorrow…  As the Chinese Communist Party and other rivals abroad look to leverage life sciences innovation to seize market dominance and strengthen their defense capabilities, our national security and international leadership demand a more responsible path forward.  

Others in Congress must heed their warning and resist any temptation to entertain “compromise” legislation introducing drug price controls.  As U.S. pharmaceutical innovation becomes progressively more critical, we can’t allow the zombie-like “Build Back Better” Act’s provisions to undermine it.

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