Spectrum Sale in Debt Limit Bill Raises Questions

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 11:34 am

One of the more confusing pieces of Harry Reid’s debt limit deal is the plan to sell publicly held spectrum for wireless broadband use. First of all, this plan is not all that new. The White House announced it last June, planning to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over the next ten years. At [...]

PhRMA Threatening Opposition To Health Care Bill Over Two-Year Drop In Biologics Exclusion

By: Friday January 15, 2010 3:02 pm

As I noted earlier, the President used his closed-door meeting with the House Democratic caucus yesterday to announce his support for dropping the exclusivity period for biologic drugs by at least two years. A source familiar with the meeting, whose professional position does not allow public communication with the press, told me that Anna Eshoo, [...]

Obama Pushing Lower Biologics Protection In Health Care Bill

By: Friday January 15, 2010 7:00 am

The President is clearly taking control of health care reform. We know about the pep talk Obama gave publicly in his meeting with House Democrats, but it was the private session that revealed much more. Clearly, Obama was leaning on the House caucus to pass through health care. But there were a couple specifics that [...]

Loophole Adds Annual Limits on Insurance Coverage For High-Cost Illnesses In Senate Bill

By: Friday December 11, 2009 8:18 am

Today’s report that the Senate health care bill includes a loophole which would place an annual cap on medical care for expensive illnesses like cancer violates President Obama’s core principles for health reform. In the Obama plan released as part of his address to a joint session of Congress, the President clearly states that there [...]

Marcy Winograd Takes On Jane Harman Over Biologics

By: Friday November 6, 2009 8:56 am

As Jane Hamsher noted today, Marcy Winograd, the progressive challenger to Jane Harman in CA-36, released a letter savaging Harman for her support of the Eshoo amendment on biologics in the Energy and Commerce Committee. Though Congressman Waxman (D-Santa Monica/West LA) had introduced an amendment for a 5-year fast-track of generic biologics, Harman joined with [...]

Fight To Blow Up The Big Pharma Deal Includes Biologics Patents

By: Sunday November 1, 2009 5:52 pm

The health care bill from the House of Representatives adds $14 billion dollars to the negotiated “deal” between the pharmaceutical industry and the White House, forcing PhRMa to pony up that much more than the $80 billion to which they agreed. Nancy Pelosi described it as because of the Blue Dogs forcing negotiated rates for [...]

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