Category Archives: Prescription Drug BS

DRUG RATIONING FOR SENIORS BEGINS

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss an under-reported and ominous proposal by the Beltway bureaucrats who run Medicare: Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health [...]

OBAMACARE + BIG PHARMA = CORRUPTION

Another under-the-table deal to get ObamaCare passed at the expense of the taxpayers? Who’d a thunk it? The Wall Street Journal reports: On Friday House Republicans released more documents that expose the collusion between the health-care industry and the White House that produced ObamaCare, and what a story of crony capitalism it is. Pfizer was [...]

RICK SANTORUM’S PART D VOTE

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the mistaken view held by many that his 2003 vote for Medicare’s prescription drug plan undermined his credentials as a fiscal conservative: In 2003, the Republicans had only two real options regarding Medicare prescription coverage: (1) wait until the Democrats regained a congressional majority and pushed through a vote-buying [...]

VIDEO: SANTORUM EXPLAINS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING U.S. HEALTH CARE

Unreasonable expectations created by the progressive propaganda campaign to make Americans believe that health care, including life-saving drugs, should be free. Here’s the money quote from a speech he made today in Colorado: People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad, but paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with … it [...]

SANTORUM DISCUSSES HIS PART-D VOTE

In this clip Rick Santorum discusses, among other things, his support of the Medicare Part-D program. That is, of course, the prescription drug program he helped voted into law during the Bush years. Conservatives have criticized him for this vote, but they forget that one of its most important components was the introduction of free market reforms [...]

VIDEO: SANTORUM EXPLAINS HIS VOTE FOR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ENTITLEMENT

Well, when I left for my vacation among the crumbling remains of the Roman Empire, Rick Santorum’s campaign seemed in ruins as well. I paid no attention to politics while I was gone, so I was surprised to discover that the former Senator has suddenly broken through and actually has a chance to win in [...]

OBAMA ON DRUGS

My latest column for the American Spectator takes a closer look at the President’s harebrained scheme to “control costs” by making Granny skip her meds. He wants Medicare to negotiate (i.e. dictate) prices to the drug companies: Like all price-control schemes, this would inevitably lead to shortages. If Medicare forces the drug companies to sell their products at [...]

A DUMB IDEA THAT JUST WON’T DIE

One of the dumbest “cost control” schemes advocated by progressive health care wonks is the notion that Medicare can use its clout to negotiate prices directly with pharmaceutical companies. In this context, “negotiate” means “dictate,” and our warrior President has predictably adopted this idiotic idea: We will cut spending on prescription drugs by using Medicare’s purchasing power to drive greater [...]

OUR FDA-CREATED DRUG SHORTAGE

One of the arguments frequently made by “reform” advocates in the years running up to the passage of ObamaCare was that the free market was too chaotic to properly allocate health care resources. Indeed, our new CMS administrator warned us not to put our faith in market forces. These geniuses wanted the government to impose order on the system. Wanna see what happens [...]

OBAMACARE CAUSING CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS TO LOSE DRUG DISCOUNTS

The other day, I wrote about ObamaCare’s war on kids and seniors. Well, as the NYT reports, it’s even worse than we thought: In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitals around the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to [...]