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Obama Administration Halts Attack on Medicare Drug Plans

In an abrupt about-face, the Obama administration halted its ill-timed effort to launch an overhaul of the Medicare Part D program and announced it would not pursue changes in some key rules as proposed earlier this year. CMS had issued a proposed rule January 10 to drop “protected” class status for antidepressants and immunosuppressants in […]
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Getting it Done in Washington

During his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama struck many familiar chords – including a line about ending certain subsidies to pharmaceutical companies – and emphasized, repeatedly, the need to get things done on the policy front. Will the sequestration drum beat goad members of the 113th Congress onto the dance floor?
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The Yin and Yang of the Court Decision on HCR

by Tom Norton If you’re like me, you probably bounded out of bed on Thursday morning, took in all the news you could find about the Supreme Court and healthcare reform…and then you waited.  You waited patiently for the biggest legal call in American healthcare history.  And then, there it was. What did we learn?  […]
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Does Pharma Have a Debt Crisis Strategy?

The Obama Administration’s proposed fiscal budget for 2012 suggested that all bets are off for biopharmaceutical revenue safeguards, but it never had a chance with Congress, as evidenced by a unanimous no-thank-you from the Senate in late May. But that was before debt ceiling talks and the alleged possibility of a default emerged as the […]
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Elmendorf Refuses to Go Quietly Into the Night of HCR

Guest Blog by Tom Norton of NHD Smart Communications. You can reach him at tnorton@nhdcomm.com. Amidst all the gurgling of oil last week(bad! bad! bad!), a competing thunderstorm of words erupted as Doug Elmendorf, Director of CBO, had the temerity to revisit the real costs of the new HCR law. Addressing something that, for whatever […]
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