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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]

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271 Paul Ryan Would Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent speech at the Hoover Institution laid out a comprehensive alternative to ObamaCare that takes a patient-centered approach to controlling skyrocketing health care costs.   So far, it is the most detailed plan available for a conservative movement looking to counter the biggest government power grab since the 1960s…

272 “Let Him Die” Or Government Healthcare? That’s a False Dichotomy

Americans are often subjected to a false dichotomy in our ongoing healthcare debate:  Even more government healthcare versus letting people just die in the streets.  That false binary choice isn’t just intellectually sloppy.  It also emotionally tilts the issue in a manner favorable toward advocates of ObamaCare or wholesale government…

273 Romney, Gingrich Flunk Poli-Philosophy

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both have serious problems that have nothing to do with their presidential campaigns: At least on health care, both of them are statists, and philosophically incoherent ones at that. The former House Speaker and former Massachusetts governor both defend the idea of an “individual mandate” to buy health insurance…

274 ObamaCare Debate Waives Goodbye to Rule of Law

Implementing the various command-and-control features of ObamaCare is proving to be as damaging to the rule of law as was its passage.  In a fine piece of journalism, the Daily Caller shows that 38 of the 204 new ObamaCare waivers issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2011 went to swanky San Francisco nightclubs…

275 ObamaCare: We Have the Final Say, Not Justice Kennedy

This was a wonderful week for individual freedom in America.  For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional.  Specifically, Judge Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which would force…

276 Rep. Paul Ryan: Health Care Repeal Is Not an End, It's a Beginning

Last week, House Republicans kept a promise made in the recent election by voting to repeal the costly new health care law. Now it is time to keep another one – and put in place fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that seriously address the problems in our nation’s health care system. Since the health care bill became law…

277 Grading the Potential 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates on Health Care

Now that a Republican House of Representatives has passed repeal of ObamaCare, a momentous fight for the future of American liberty has been joined. Even amongst the most ardent supporters of repeal, however, the reality that it might require a sympathetic president to pull the final plugs on the program is becoming conventional wisdom. …

278 Texas Enters Fight to Repeal ObamaCare

In the opening days of the 2011 legislative session, Texas State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is serving notice that ObamaCare and its mandates most definitely mess with Texas.  From time to time, Texas’ commitment to limited government turns freedom into a straightjacket.  Because the state tries to cap the amount of damage…

279 The “Commerce Clause” – An Invaluable Constitutional Restraint against ObamaCare and Other Tyrannies from the Founding Fathers

The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes… ~The Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 8  How symbolically fitting is this?   During the very week in which we celebrate the original Tea Party hosted by…

280 The ObamaCare Fit Hits the Shan: Health Insurance Costs and Spending Already Rising

In selling ObamaCare to a renitent nation just six months ago, proponents swore that it would restrain health spending and insurance costs.  To lubricate public acceptance, they even frontloaded the bill’s benefits so that the gain would arrive before the pain, making Republican efforts to repeal less popular.  For example, the bill…

281 ObamaCare Loses in Two Courts, not Just One

“Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.” ~Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) “It’s going to be very, very exciting.  But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  ~Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D – …

282 ObamaCare in the Crosshairs: Why Repeal May be Closer Than You Think

Back in February – when liberals were in fever pitch over the prospect that a filibuster might derail their ambitions to make healthcare a federal utility – America’s columnist laureate, George Will, remarked of the Democratic Party’s fainting spells, “Filibusters are devices for registering intensity rather than mere…

283 The Government War on the American Diet

“My body, my choice” worked for abortion advocates, but that does not seem to apply to the American diet.  Federal and local governments for years have told us what we should and should not put into our bodies.  Whether it's alcohol or cigarettes, saturated or trans fat, sugar or salt, legislators and regulators pick things off…

284 The GOP’s ‘Doc Fix’ to ObamaCare: Doctors as Congressional Candidates

With elements of ObamaCare going into effect before the November mid-terms, voters in at least 31 congressional districts will have the opportunity to send someone to Congress who can offer an expert’s critique: a local doctor.  After years of fighting reduced Medicare payments with an annually passed bill known as the “doc fix,&rdquo…

285 Rep. Paul Ryan: Costs of This Debacle Will Be High

The legislative victory among Washington's political class comes at a high cost for all Americans forced to swallow this bitter pill. This massive health care overhaul - a remake of one-sixth of our economy - will exacerbate the very problems this reform effort sought to address. It will dramatically alter our deteriorating economic and…

286 From “Yes We Can” to “No Means No” – How Health Care Is Destroying the Obama Presidency

If George W. Bush was country music personified and Bill Clinton was smooth jazz, Barack Obama is Wagnerian opera. There’s something about our 44th president that pines for drama – whether in the shape of a make-or-break speech or an against-all-odds campaign.  Read either of Obama’s best-selling books and you’ll see this…

287 ObamaCare: It’s Law When the President Signs It, but What Is “It?”

Unless President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can bribe, blackmail or waterboard their way to the 216 House votes currently required to pass ObamaCare (assuming no one falls suspiciously ill or suffers an equally suspicious accident), it is over, done, finished, kaput...for now. For reasons explained below, it is imperative for opponents of…

288 ObamaCare: The Public Will Be Damned Only if We Allow it

Sometimes a writer captures, with relatively few words, an understanding that humbles those of us who merely try. Such is the case with Michael Gerson, writing of ObamaCare in The Washington Post:  “Whatever the legislative fate of health reform – now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats – the reformers have failed…

289 Visions of Our Government-Controlled Medical Future, With or Without ObamaCare

My wife and I go to an island doctor.  We don’t live on the island, but we drive to the island doctor because he is one of the best diagnosticians in an area heavily populated by the aging and heavily serviced by docs with degrees from prestigious medical schools.  Our doctor is a sole practitioner, with a nurse and a receptionist.&…

290 Brown Victory in Massachusetts Kills ObamaCare Either Way

The veil placed before the door of liberalism’s holy of holies was torn on Tuesday night in Massachusetts.  With a decisive victory in the Bay State’s special election for the U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown is headed to Washington to assume a seat that was held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 50 years.   Republicans will paint…

291 President Obama’s Health Care Snake Oil

The health care claims peddled by White House pitchmen over the past several months might just as well have been snake oil.  The most laughable claim is that their 2,000-page, $2 trillion monstrosity of a bill will actually reduce health care spending in the U.S.  According to the Administration’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

292 The Transparency of the Presidential Lie

Most of us know someone who, as is said, will lie about what he or she had for breakfast.  For those who don’t know such a stranger to veracity, meet the current President of the United States.  Now you know one. The late, lamented columnist and language explorer, William Safire, made the term “congenital liar” famous this…

293 The Evolution of a President: Not Yet Trans-Partisan

“We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”                – Senator Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “The men and women who serve in our battlefields…

294 Dear Senior Citizens, Part Three

Oh goodness gracious, granny. By now, we thought we’d be singing “over the river and through the woods, to...” But you didn’t finish your job, did you?  Perhaps you believed that nice young man, President Obama, who told you ObamaCare would have no effect on your Medicare services, rather than those of us who bluntly…

295 Health Care Turncoats

What do you get when you mix political expediency, prevarication, “moderate” rhetoric and a desire to avoid the wrath of Nancy Pelosi?  A “Blue Dog” Democrat. During last Saturday’s midnight vote in the House of Representatives on ObamaCare, nowhere was the scent of political fear stronger than on the tails of self…

296 If Obama Is So Bright, Why Does He Keep Drawing the Auto Insurance Analogy?

Since Barack Obama charged into the spotlight with his 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, we have received constant instruction from our high cultural arbiters about Obama’s supposed intellectual prowess.    Never mind that when speaking without his teleprompter, Obama typically appears ineloquent and befuddled…

297 Let-Them-Eat-Cake Nancy

Marie Antoinette had nothing on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, except perhaps Marie’s ignominious end, no longer practiced in civilized countries. Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, once all the noise is removed, produced one inescapable conclusion.  It did not take those elections to produce that conclusion…

298 From “Honest Abe” to “Double-Talk Barack”

Lie:  1.  A false statement purposely put forward as truth:  falsehood.  2.  Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.  Core meaning:  an untrue declaration.  Double-Talk:  1.  Meaningless speech consisting of nonsense syllables mixed with unintelligible words:  gibberish. …

299 Lies My Congressman Told Me

The Inconvenient Truths Behind Health Care Reform The five most dangerous words that can be a spoken by a member of the United States Congress are “we have to do something!” It’s a credo only a politician could love.  Doing something, it should be noted, is not the same as doing it well.  But in the parallel moral universe…

300 The Baucus Betrayal

President Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I'm from the government and I'm here to help.’”  So it goes with health care reform. This week, the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 to pass the so-called Baucus Bill, the latest iteration of ObamaCare in what is…

 
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