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Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs
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Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs

House Democrats, led by Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), have introduced the Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 1999 (H.R. 664). More recently, they filed a petition to force a vote on the bill. By instituting price controls through the back door, the bill inflicts rationing on seniors, forces higher medical costs on everyone else, freezes the development of new cures, and means higher taxes for us all.1

02/22/2000
Issue Analysis 101 - Clinton, Gore, and Congress: Medicare Reforms That Don’t Measure Up
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Issue Analysis 101 - Clinton, Gore, and Congress: Medicare Reforms That Don’t Measure Up

Prompted by a host of concerns, politicians have begun to map out significant changes to Medicare’s operations, benefits, and financing. Some look to this year as an opportunity for the nation to finally address the broken Medicare system. Others, with an eye toward the election, would rather use the opportunity to bolster their political fortunes. But in the rush to propose more laws, agencies, taxes, and benefits, these politicians have generally overlooked retirees’ biggest need – more choices.

02/03/2000
Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers
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Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers

Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently introduced the Seniors Prescription Insurance Coverage Equity (SPICE) Act, S.1480. The SPICE Act has seven shortcomings that dwarf any benefits for seniors. Premium Coverage Under S. 1480 IF a Senior’s or Couple’s Income is… …THEN Taxpayers Would Pay This Portion of Their Premiums Up to 150% of the poverty level 100% 150% to 175% of the poverty level Between 100% and 25% Over 175% of the poverty level 25%

09/03/1999
Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care
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Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care

In 1994, President Clinton tried to nationalize the health care industry in an ill-advised attempt to help the millions of Americans without insurance. Now, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and the president are at it again – only this time, they want to take control of private health plans and leave uninsured Americans out in the cold. What’s worse, under the guise of their "Patients’ Bill of Rights," millions more would lose the health insurance they currently enjoy.

07/13/1999
Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare
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Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare

When politicians try to practice medicine, their remedy is often more dangerous than the disease. The latest Washington proposal to expand government-run health care — this time, Medicare — comes at a time when the main concern should be saving Medicare from bankruptcy.

06/07/1999
Issue Analysis 86 - Suppressing Generic Drugs Fleeces Consumers
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Issue Analysis 86 - Suppressing Generic Drugs Fleeces Consumers

Brand name pharmaceutical companies and federal and state governments are raiding consumers’ pocketbooks by preventing them from buying generic drugs. Such restrictions can be an enormous financial drain, especially for low-income Americans and seniors who live on fixed incomes and pay for prescriptions out-of-pocket.

02/25/1999
Capitol Comment 202 - A Health Care Checklist for Congress and President Clinton: Time to Clean Up Your Mistakes
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Capitol Comment 202 - A Health Care Checklist for Congress and President Clinton: Time to Clean Up Your Mistakes

Members of Congress have only a few weeks before they go home and learn whether voters want them to return to Washington or stay put. Though they have much to do between now and Election Day, Congress and the president need to correct three dangerous errors they made that are threatening America’s health care. Mistake #1: Crippling Patient Access to Medical Savings Accounts.

09/24/1998
Issue Analysis 78 - Big Government Warning: Your Health Care Is at Risk.
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Issue Analysis 78 - Big Government Warning: Your Health Care Is at Risk.

Big Government Warning: Your Health Care is at Risk. Many Proposed "Reforms" Before Congress Are Actually Hazardous to Your Health. A flurry of health care legislation swirls about Washington, D.C., and politicians have vowed to make health care reform a major issue in the November elections. In the commotion, Congress may legislate away your health insurance.

09/17/1998
Capitol Comment 193 - A Real Patients’ Bill of Rights
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Capitol Comment 193 - A Real Patients’ Bill of Rights

America’s health care system is the finest in the world, yet American patients increasingly face higher costs, fewer choices and greater rationing of medical care. A recent news item describes how politicians typically address these problems: Democrats are often more willing to spend money on new or existing government programs and to regulate the insurance market, while Republicans usually prefer to use the tax code as an instrument of social policy.1

06/19/1998
Issue Analysis 71 - The "Patient Access to Responsible Care Act": Trojan Horse of ClintonCare
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Issue Analysis 71 - The "Patient Access to Responsible Care Act": Trojan Horse of ClintonCare

Supporters of the "Patient Access to Responsible Care Act" (PARCA) claim it would protect patients from managed care plans that deny necessary care for the sake of higher profits. It would do no such thing. Rather, PARCA would implement major portions of the radical Clinton health plan and devastate the health coverage of millions of Americans:

04/09/1998

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