Saturday, July 21, 2018

Congressional Committee Meetings

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

House

21st Century Cures Implementation: Updates from FDA and NIH
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Senate

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider:
  • S. 2554, to ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from providing certain information to enrollees,
  • H.R. 1222, to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease,
  • S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment,
  • S. 3016, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, 
  • and pending nominations.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

House

MACRA and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Health Care Policy on the House Floor

“The House will consider several bills aimed at giving Americans more affordable healthcare choices:

“First, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, sponsored by Representative Erik Paulsen. This bill would permanently repeal ObamaCare's burdensome medical device tax. Doing so will create jobs, promote research, and allow for innovation that could lead to the next generation of lifesaving medical technologies;
  • H.R. 184 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

“Next, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam. This package would expand access to lower cost healthcare options, encourage healthcare savings, and put a 2-year delay on ObamaCare's health insurance tax, which drives up costs of insurance for almost every American;
  • H.R. 6311 – Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Energy and Commerce Committee)

“Finally, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act, sponsored by Representative Lynn Jenkins. This bill would transform and modernize health savings accounts and allow for more innovation in healthcare delivery.”
  • H.R. 6199 – Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)

Full House floor schedule for the Week of July 23, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Single Payer & Efficiency

The BBC reported last week that the NHS is still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines.

I have two thoughts on this: (1) when it comes to a monopoly on power, inefficiency isn't the worst thing that can happen, and (2) this shows how institutionalizing of something by government displaces innovation.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

America Needs a Medical Independence Day

June 21-23, 2018, was the Red Pill Expo. Twila Brase was one of the speakers. About the experience she wrote,
On Saturday, I was in Spokane, Washington speaking at the Red Pill Expo. As Christopher Nartey explains on Quora, in the movie The Matrix, “a person who picks the red pill will become aware of the Matrix itself and what the machines are doing to them. Someone who takes the blue pill gets to continue living in ignorance, none the wiser of what they are being used for.”
With about 400 people in the room, I spoke on the topic of “Getting the Government Out of Health Care.” I started by asking the attendees if they are truly willing to give up Obamacare subsidies and Medicare and if they are willing to use their dollars directly to charitably fund care for the poor. The blue pill is easier to swallow. The red pill takes work…but I gave concrete examples of how to restore health freedom (emphasis and link added).