Joe Lieberman Wants to Increase Medicare Eligibility Age

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 8:32 am

This isn’t so much legislation as it is a wish list in op-ed form from a retiring, disliked Senator. But Joe Lieberman’s attack on Medicare is noteworthy, given the trajectory of his history with Medicare. I’m so old I can remember when Lieberman wanted to expand Medicare. It was in 2009. He endorsed at that [...]

FDA Reverses Exclusivity Policy for Pregnancy Drug After Enormous Price Hike

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 9:10 am

Time to mix in a good news story. A few weeks back, the Food and Drug Administration gave exclusive rights for a pregancy drug named Makena that prevented premature births to KV Pharmaceuticals. They promptly raised the price for Makena, which needs to be injected weekly between 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, from $10 [...]

Conrad Goes There with Preference for Negotiating Drug Prices in Medicare

By: Friday February 18, 2011 1:08 pm

A lot of people bash the retiring Kent Conrad, and I happily join them. But I will say this – the guy occasionally acts like a true believer. Sure, he’ll vote for budget-busting tax cuts and then call for reduction to the deficit. You can look under any rock on Capitol Hill and find a [...]

Corporate America: Pretty Darn Happy with Potential for Republican Takeover

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 11:03 am

Hands up if you believe that Republicans will really punish Wal-Mart and pharmaceutical companies after the election. I don’t think this tension is anything that a little donation can’t fix: Take the case of Wal-Mart, the behemoth big-box retailer that liberals have long loved to hate. Several years ago, it began to break ranks with [...]

Insurance Industry Taking Every Possible Advantage of Affordable Care Act

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:25 am

I mentioned this in The Roundup yesterday, but this move from the insurance industry is predictable, but nonetheless takes some gumption. Some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start [...]

Koch Industries Has Financial Stake in Derivatives and Pharmaceuticals, Not Just Oil

By: Monday August 30, 2010 12:27 pm

Jane Mayer’s investigative piece on Koch Industries, the large conglomerate led by two powerful right-wing billionaire brothers who fund an important chunk of the conservative movement, does an important public service by debunking the notion of a spontaneous grassroots uprising in reaction to the new Democratic Administration. Koch funds Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, two [...]

Jack Conway: Break Up the Big Banks

By: Monday July 26, 2010 11:17 am

The Senate election in Kentucky offers a pretty stark choice – hardcore glibertarian Rand Paul, or mainstream Democrat Jack Conway. Conway, the state’s Attorney General, sat down with FDL News while at Netroots Nation, and I was impressed with his ability to describe common-sense issues in populist terms, and his insight on people’s anger with [...]

Generics Back on the Table?

By: Friday June 18, 2010 7:00 am

We saw during the health care debate a moment where Congressional Dems needed a revenue-raiser at the very end of the process, and then – perhaps only then – they turned to the progressive student loan reform that saved the government lots of money. A similar dynamic may save the jobs bill, or at least [...]

Krugman’s 2007 Book: Health Care Industry Stakeholder Opposition “Essentially Unavoidable”

By: Monday April 5, 2010 10:54 am

I’m about three years behind on my book-reading, and so I’m just getting around to finishing Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal. In the book, written in mid-2007, there is a long chapter on universal health care as a foundational issue for any return to power for Democrats. I thought it would be useful [...]

Brian Schweitzer Seeks Waiver To Import Drugs To Montana From Canada

By: Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:37 pm

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has always been right at the forefront of the drug re-importation debate. In previous runs for Governor he highlighted the issue by actually busing senior citizens into Canada to purchase cheaper pills. A few weeks ago, Schweitzer sent a letter to the HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, calling for a waiver to [...]

AR-Sen: Lincoln’s Attacks On Halter, Corporate Money Coming To Her Rescue?

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 10:21 am

Arkansas News columnist John Brummett has unkind words for Blanche Lincoln’s latest slash-and-burn campaign against her primary opponent Bill Halter. In a series of mailers, Lincoln has attacked Halter for his service on the corporate board of Threshold Pharmaceuticals, which was sued by shareholders for providing misleading information on their products. Lincoln took this information [...]

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