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New Lung Cancer Breakthrough Illustrates the Potential Peril of Drug Price Controls

We at CFIF often highlight the clear and present danger that drug price control schemes pose to American consumers, who benefit from our private pharmaceutical sector that leads the world - by far - in innovation.  A new lung cancer treatment breakthrough in the form of Amgen's Lumakras illustrates that interrelationship.

Simply put, Lumakras reduced the risk of progression by 34% compared to chemotherapy in patents with advanced lung cancer, which is particularly welcome considering lung cancer's especially low survival rate (18.6% over five years, and just 5% for advanced forms).  The breakthrough required years of research and enormous amounts of investment, however, which The Wall Street Journal notes makes Lumakras the type of innovation put at risk by new drug price controls…[more]

September 22, 2022 • 05:06 PM

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151 Life and Death Choice

Going to a hospital is taking your life in your hands. New research shows patients treated at the worst hospitals are three times as likely to die as patients with the same health problem treated at the best hospitals. Yet most people pick a hospital based on convenience, a friend's recommendation or where their doctor practices. In fact, your doctor…

152 Trump's Urgent Job: Clean Up the VA

Last week, Veterans Affairs got caught covering up the quality ratings of its 146 medical centers. VA Secretary Robert McDonald insists, "No VA medical facility is bad or failing." Really? Not even a hospital that earns only one star out of five? McDonald denies he's hiding anything. But he and other VA brass have plenty to hide. In 2014…

153 Trump's Path to Repeal

On the stump, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now obstacles are emerging on the left and right. Democrats are sowing panic, falsely predicting that 20 million will lose coverage. Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claims Trump will "rue the day" Obamacare is repealed. Meanwhile, on Trump…

154 The Slacker Mandate and the Safety Pin Generation

News flash, kids: Things aren't free. Things cost money. And "free" things provided to you by the government cost other people's money. Donald Trump gets it -- somewhat. He vows to repeal Obamacare's most burdensome federal mandates that are jacking up the price of private health insurance. But he also plans to preserve the most politically…

155 Last Chance to Get Rid of Obamacare

This election is a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Almost everyone in America is affected, and it's harming millions more people than it's helping. Donald Trump is promising to "repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare." Hillary Clinton defends it and wants to "build on it." "Disaster" sums up the skyrocketing…

156 When Will Liberals Answer for Obamacare's Failures?

These days, there's been a lot of discussion about conservative media's culpability in creating unrealistic expectations and warped priorities among Republican voters. It's a reasonable critique. My question: When are we going to have this conversation about the other side — you know, the one that enabled the passage of a massive partisan…

157 Obama Lied. My Third Health Plan Just Died.

Once was a shock. Twice was an outrage. Thrice is a nightmare that won't end. Over the past three years, my family's private, individual health insurance plan — a high-deductible Preferred Provider Organization — has been canceled three times. Our first death notice, from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, arrived in the fall of…

158 The GOP Should Be Obamacare's Death Panel

When The New York Times tells you Obamacare is "ailing" and must change to survive, rest assured that the law is in serious trouble. Then again, people who read The New York Times might be under the impression the only way to fix a collapsing state-run program is to pass another, more intrusive state-run program — in this case…

159 Stop Penalizing Obamacare Victims

On Inauguration Day, the next president of the United States should suspend the penalty for being uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. President Obama promised his law would provide an array of affordable health plans. In 2017, consumers will get neither choice nor affordability. In nearly one-third of the nation, only one insurer will offer coverage…

160 Zika's Threat to a City Near You

Health officials are bowing to political correctness instead of taking obvious steps to protect residents in most of the United States from the Zika virus. For example, New York has more Zika cases — some 579 — than any other state. Officials warn pregnant women and their sexual partners not to travel to Zika-infested regions,…

161 Reminder: Obamacare Is Still A Disaster

So a giant, rent-seeking insurance company is accused of having threatened to leave Obamacare's health insurance "marketplace" if the government didn't approve its giant merger. If true, this would be the least surprising development in the past six years of Obamacare fiascos. Any giant regulatory scheme bringing together big business and…

162 How to Escape Obamacare

"You get what you pay for," the adage goes. Not with the Affordable Care Act. When open enrollment starts Nov. 1, the public will see they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less. Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double digit premium hikes, often as high as 20 percent and…

163 Clinton Destroys Medicare

Hillary Clinton is taking a sledgehammer to Medicare. In a move calculated to fire up the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledges to open Medicare to people 55 to 64, and make a "public option" insurance plan for all ages. The 65-and-overs are already having a hard time finding a doctor willing…

164 Sanctuary Hospitals: Who Pays the Bills?

Medical bills are pushing more Americans into severe financial distress, even if they have insurance. That's the grim news from a top medical journal. These bills force hundreds of thousands into bankruptcy each year. What's so galling is that while Americans struggle to pay their bills, freeloaders from other countries get the same care at no cost…

165 Dems Destroy Medicare

Under the guise of "reform," President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives. The stakes are high, because Medicare and the access it allows to medical innovations have transformed aging. Before Medicare, older people languished in nursing homes or wheelchairs…

166 Zika's Nasty Facts

This week, mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika start biting in Florida, the Gulf States, and Southern California. It's the "virus from hell," warns Peter Hotez, Dean of Baylor University's School of Tropical Medicine. He's urging women to delay getting pregnant. Hotez worries expectant mothers in these states are already being bitten,…

167 The 'War On Salt' Is Bad Policy Based on Bad Science

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the few openly authoritarian organizations functioning in the United States, once sued the Food and Drug Administration for refusing to regulate Americans' salt intake. No worries. This week, the Obama administration finally embraced CSPI's junk science and allowed the FDA to set new "guidelines…

168 Germs Multiply While CDC Fiddles

Federal officials are predicting doom because a Pennsylvania woman became infected with a germ that can't be stopped by most antibiotics. "The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients," warned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden last week. You'd think the CDC was finally ready to get serious about drug-resistant…

169 Obama's Deadly Globalism

Federal officials are warning that mosquitoes carrying Zika virus will start biting and infecting U.S. residents in the next month. Key trouble spots are southern Florida, Louisiana, Texas and southern California, but the risk could extend north to New York and San Francisco. The virus inflicts horrific brain damage on unborn children as well as neurological…

170 Medicare Cuts Killing Seniors

President Obama's Medicare cuts are killing seniors. His health law changed Medicare, adding bonuses for hospitals that spend the least per senior. The result? Hundreds of hospitals are skimping on care to win bonuses. Seniors at these hospitals aren't getting the right antibiotic or other treatments they need. They're dying from pneumonia, heart attacks…

171 Obamacare's Teachable Moment

On Monday, House Republicans promised a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare within a month. It's not a moment too soon. Obamacare is collapsing. UnitedHealth will abandon most Obamacare markets, it said Tuesday. Giant insurers such as Aetna and the BlueCross Blue Shield Association are next. They warned last week that losses trying to sell Obamacare…

172 Government Dysfunction Costs Lives

Every year, more than half a million patients in the U.S. are unknowingly put at risk of contracting a superbug infection during a common medical procedure. A doctor threads a tube-like scope down your throat and into your digestive system to treat cancer and other problems. You assume the tube is clean. Think again. The scope's defective design allows…

173 Clinton's Phony Health Care Fixes

The Clinton campaign is finally owning up to what most Americans learned the hard way. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. In fact, its costs are "crushing" people who have to buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton vows to fix the problem, but don't count on it. Clinton's remedies are bad medicine. Some are so preposterous…

174 Obamacare's Tax-Time Torment

"Where is my 1095-A? This is what it must be like dealing with a government agency in a third world country." That was the lament on Twitter of just one poor citizen this week trying to get his tax records in order. Nationwide, hard-working Americans are struggling to meet the April 18 IRS filing deadline. Standing in the way: the bumbling…

175 Heads Must Roll at the CDC

Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about a vicious infection raging through hospitals, even prestigious academic medical centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff for short, sickens half a million people each year, and 29,000 of…

176 Obama Administration Breaks Law to Enrich Health Insurers

The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president's signature health program from collapsing. Insurance companies, such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, are losing billions trying to sell Obamacare plans, and the risk is they'll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no Obamacare. In 2014, the White…

177 CDC Dropping the Ball on Zika

If you're pregnant or planning to be, rethink your vacation plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning against travel to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 22 countries in Latin America where mosquitoes are carrying the Zika virus and infecting people they bite.  The biggest danger is to pregnant women, whose babies…

178 Hillary's Healthcare Lies

Hillary Clinton is attacking rival Bernie Sanders, calling his plan to replace Obamacare with socialist single payer healthcare a "risky deal" and unaffordable. She's telling Democrats the survival of the Affordable Care Act depends on her winning the presidency. "The stakes couldn't be higher," she warned Iowa voters. Sunday night…

179 Doctors Agree: Obama's Electronic Medical Records Mandate Sucks!

Hey, who's up for a stiff dose of "See, I told you so?" For the past several years, medical professionals have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate — buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of 2009 — would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on the nose. The Quack-in-Chief peddled…

180 Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died...Twice!

It's deja screwed all over again. In the fall of 2013, our family received notice from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado that we could no longer keep our private health insurance plan because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." We liked our high-deductible preferred provider organization…

 
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"A coalition of 18 Republican states wrote a letter to Senate leadership Monday, announcing their opposition to Democrats' permitting reform legislation.The states' attorneys general, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, argued in the letter that the Energy Independence and Security Act -- which Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., unveiled last week -- would strip states of the authority to regulate…[more]
 
 
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