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Senate May Make It Even Harder to Keep Your Doctor

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Remember Barack Obama’s infamous “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” promise? Or the reality that keeping the health plan or doctor you liked was never actually guaranteed under Obamacare? National Center Senior Fellow David Hogberg, Ph.D. calls this one of the “biggest lies of Obamacare.” Worse ...
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Merck Continues Support for Controversial Special Interest Group

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CEO Frazier Says He Understands Free Enterprise Project Warnings About ICER’s Support of Care Rationing and Questionable Drug Pricing Bridgewater, NJ/Washington, D.C. – The CEO of Merck and Co. dismissed a request from a shareholder activist today to end its relationship with the controversial Institute for Clinical and Economic Review ...
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CVS Health Officials Questioned Over Potential Health Care Rationing

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Free Enterprise Project Probes Role of Outside Advisory Group in Determining Patient Care Woonsocket, R.I./Washington, D.C. – CVS Health executives were asked today to clarify their partnership with a controversial organization that appears to be trying to ration patient care and distort the market for pharmaceutical pricing, potentially paving the way ...
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Drug Price Controls Could Cost in Access to Life-Saving Medications

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As the Trump Administration finalized a new regulation designed to lower prescription drug prices through the transparency of making costs known through advertising, two Republican senators also introduced legislation to cap domestic pricing at foreign levels. It’s a proposal that Axios has called a “sharp left turn” for otherwise conservative senators and ...
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Johnson & Johnson Urged to Break Ties with Pro-Rationing Health Care Group

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CEO Alex Gorsky Indicates Future Support of ICER Could Be at Risk New Brunswick, NJ / Washington, D.C. - Asked to justify Johnson & Johnson’s funding of a group that promotes the rationing of health care, CEO Alex Gorsky told a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free ...
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Humana CEO Refuses to Join Health Insurance Peers in Opposing “Medicare-for-All”

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Louisville, KY / Washington, D.C. — Given an opportunity today to walk back prior support for “Medicare-for-All,” Humana CEO Bruce Broussard refused, effectively making himself an industry outlier. Asked about his responsibility both to shareholders and to those receiving care through Humana, which would be abdicated during a government takeover ...
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Good Health Without Vaccinations a Long Shot

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Until recently, the reason people were unvaccinated was largely due to a lack of money to pay for shots. Nowadays, there’s a growing “anti-vax” movement blaming preventative medicine for conditions like autism and diabetes. Anti-vax advocates are sticking to their notions even though, as Project 21 member (and new father) Jerome Danner points ...
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Case Of Unvaccinated Boy Gives Good Reason To Get Immunizations, by Jerome Danner

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Although vaccinations are (and have been) commonplace in society for decades now, there is still a healthy debate over their necessity or if they are detrimental to children. The arguments typically come from those persons in the anti-vaccine movement regardless that research has shown vaccinations have overwhelmingly been a benefit ...
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Health Care Rationing Fears Revived With the Arnold Foundation’s Help

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Even though ObamaCare’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was abolished earlier this year, the fear of future rationed health care in America remains alive and kicking. While IPAB will not be responsible for it, the relationship between the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and the massive CVS drug ...
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Black Women Applaud Trump Administration Getting Government Out of Abortion Business

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To ensure that taxpayers “do not indirectly fund abortions,” the Trump Administration has issued a proposal to reform the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Family Planning Program (Title X) funding. This move is strongly supported by black women affiliated with the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network ...
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Obamacare Individual Mandate Repeal: House of Representatives Should Follow Senate Lead

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Health Care Expert Says Congress Can Fix Gross Violation of Individual Liberty Mandate to Buy Insurance Failed to Make Obamacare Exchanges Function Properly Washington, DC – With the Senate version of tax reform containing a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate, a health care expert with the National Center for Public ...
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STRONGER Protections May Be Answer to Drug Patent Trolls

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When Congress addressed patent reform earlier this decade, their attempt to stop “patent trolls” culminated in a law that the National Center’s Jeff Stier says ended up being “a solution in search of a problem.”  As a result, there are now patents at an increased risk of being trolled unless ...
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New FDA Tobacco Proposal Embraces Harm Reduction

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Exploration of Nicotine Reduction in Cigarettes Part of Sweeping Change in Federal Attitude Toward Lower-Risk Nicotine Products National Center's Jeff Stier Available for Interviews on the Real News Behind the Sensational Headlines New York, NY / Washington, D.C. - In a move aimed at significantly reducing the harm from tobacco ...
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Health Insurance, Pharmaceutical Industries Blamed for Stalled Health Care Reform

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Free Enterprise Project Blasts Industries for Embracing ObamaCare's Crony Structure as Americans Suffer Washington, D.C. - America's leading conservative shareholder activist organization is blaming the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries for the failure of the U.S. Senate to reach a consensus on ObamaCare repeal and replacement. The National Center for ...
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Eli Lilly Finally Admits ObamaCare’s Failures: New CEO Says Benefits of the Law Have Been “Marginal at Best”

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Free Enterprise Project Urges Lilly to Be Part of ObamaCare's Repeal and Replacement; Pharmaceutical Giant Commits to Working with President Trump and Other DC Leaders on Reform National Center for Public Policy Research Scores Major Free Speech Victory As "Fake Transparency" Shareholder Proposal Is Soundly Defeated Indianapolis, IN / Washington, ...
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Corporations That Supported ObamaCare Need to Now Help President Trump Repeal and Replace

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Will Walgreens and other corporations that formerly backed ObamaCare now reform their ways and help President Trump with his health care reform initiatives? One J.D. discussed it with another J.D. on “Newsmax Prime” on January 27, 2017, as former Rep. J.D. Hayworth interviewed Justin Danhof, director of the Free Enterprise ...
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ObamaCare Exchanges: Just Because You Are Eligible For a Subsidy Doesn’t Mean You Will Qualify for One, by David Hogberg, Ph.D. and Sean Parnell

National Policy Analysis #653 /
Executive Summary The ObamaCare exchanges are supposed to subsidize the health insurance of everyone earning between 138 percent ($15,856 for an individual) and 400 percent ($45,960) of the federal poverty level (FPL) in a state that has expanded Medicaid and 100 percent ($11,490) and 400 percent FPL in a state ...
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Why The “Young Invincibles” Won’t Participate In The ObamaCare Exchanges and Why It Matters, by David Hogberg, Ph.D.

Executive Summary If the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges are to function properly, it is crucial that a substantial number of people ages 18-34 join them. This age group that is young and relatively healthy must purchase health insurance on the exchanges in order to "cross-subsidize" people who are older and ...
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California’s Coming Health Insurance Death Spiral, by David Hogberg, Ph.D.

Will relatively young and healthy people purchase health insurance from the ObamaCare exchanges? After the release of alleged insurance premiums by California's ObamaCare-mandated health insurance exchange—"Covered California"—the participation of the Golden State's youth is the topic of serious debate. Covered California put out a misleading press release saying that the ...
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The Next Exodus: Primary-Care Physicians and Medicare, by David Hogberg

In late 2009 the highly respected Mayo Clinic grabbed national headlines when it announced that one of its primary-care centers was no longer accepting Medicare. Henceforth, Medicare patients visiting its family clinic in Glendale, Arizona would have to pay cash. In 2008 Mayo lost $120 million on Medicare patients at ...
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“…Shattered Lives will educate you, the American public, to the horror of government-managed health care where it exists today.

In this book are documented stories from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, Australia and elsewhere – countries in which citizens literally die waiting for health services. Among other horrifying takes, you will cringe over tales of expectant mothers unable to find an available hospital bed, elderly patients denied routine cataract surgery and people in agony who resorted to do-it-yourself dentistry.

These tragic stories warn us that turning more of our health care decisions over to the government is sure to bring us nothing but pain.”
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Author, The Liberty Amendments, and other bestselling books

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— Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. (Retired)

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“While in most parts of the world private health care is an option, government in my native Canada holds a death grip. Government there legally forbids millions of people in most parts of Canada from buying private health care. Some of them choose to get their health care outside Canada. Shattered Lives tells the stories of several of these health care refugees and warns why a centralized, government-managed approach is how not to fix health care in America-or anywhere else.”
— David R. Henderson
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

“Shattered Lives shows the ugly realities of statist medicine its acolytes don’t want you to know. I applaud The National Center for warning the American people that a government takeover, whether slow or accelerated, is not the answer for improving our health care system.”
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“Shattered Lives provides a sharp reminder that government mismanagement of health care has high human costs not only in a developing country like South Africa, but in rich countries too. This is because it’s not just about money, but incentives and choice.”
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Health Spokesman, Democratic Alliance Party
Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa

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