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House Hearing Spotlights Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) as Drivers of Higher Drug Prices

Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding an important hearing entitled "The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Prescription Drug Markets Part III:  Transparency and Accountability."

For those unfamiliar, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) amount to middlemen that control prescription drugs for millions of Americans.  A majority of Americans receive health insurance through employer plans or government programs such as Medicare, which in turn cover prescription drugs through PBMs.  Those PBMs negotiate with drug companies and pay pharmacies, but throughout the process determine the drugs that insured patients may obtain and at what cost.

The problem is that PBMs operate in such an opaque and complex manner that they're able to inflate drug costs while claiming to be working…[more]

July 23, 2024 • 04:57 PM

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Notable Quotes
In a Post on X About the Biden Administration's New Regulation to Phase Out Gas-Powered Automobiles:

"Voters oppose regulations to phase out gas powered cars by a 2 to 1 margin. But, among the Elite 1%, 72% favor banning gas powered vehicles. Great example of the federal government seeking the consent of the Elite 1% rather than the consent of the governed."

See Mr. Rasmussen's post here.

— Pollster Scott Rasmussen
— Pollster Scott Rasmussen
Posted March 21, 2024 • 09:23 AM
On Swing State Democrat Senators' Refusal to Take a Position on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's Call for Israel to Hold New Elections to Replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

"Days after Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) took the unprecedented step of calling on Israelis to depose their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, several of his Democratic colleagues praised the move, including Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Patty Murray (Wash.).

Others, however, are staying mum, and they just happen to include virtually all of the Democrats running in swing states. Nor did any of them respond to requests for comment from the Washington Free Beacon regarding whether they share Schumer's view. They include Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, Montana's Jon Tester, and Ohio's Sherrod Brown. Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin -- who is running to replace the state's outgoing senator, Debbie Stabenow -- has also remained silent, as have her fellow House colleagues running for Senate seats, Ruben Gallego of Arizona and David Trone of Maryland.

In fact, only a single Senate Democrat running in a competitive race has addressed Schumer's remark head-on: Nevada's Jacky Rosen, who issued a statement indicating she did not share his views. 'Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East, and as a democracy, it is up to the Israeli people to determine their political furure,' Rosen said in a statement."

Read the entire article here.

— Meghan Blonder, Washington Free Beacon
— Meghan Blonder, Washington Free Beacon
Posted March 19, 2024 • 08:36 AM
On the Electoral Map:

"It's a rematch.

"President Biden and former President Trump each hit a key marker last week, clinching enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee of their respective party.

"The outcome of the general election will come down to a handful of states, as usual.

"The map maintained by The Hill and Decision Desk HQ lists seven contests as toss-ups."

Read the entire article here.

— Niall Stanage, The Hill
— Niall Stanage, The Hill
Posted March 18, 2024 • 07:28 AM
On the Biden Administration's Renewal of a Sanctions Waiver that Unlocks Upwards of $10 Billion for Iran:

"The Biden administration on Wednesday reapproved a sanctions waiver that unlocks upwards of $10 billion in frozen funds for the Iranian government, according to a copy of the notice submitted to Congress late Wednesday and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

"The sanctions waiver -- which has drawn fierce GOP opposition on Capitol Hill -- allows Iraq to transfer electricity payments to Iran via third-party countries. The sanctions waiver was last approved by the Biden administration in November and set to expire this month, putting the White House in a tight position as a mounting chorus of GOP lawmakers express concern about sanctions being bypassed. The authority granted in the latest waivers allows Iraq to convert dinars into Euros and transfer payments into Iranian banks accounts in Oman.

"Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress raised concerns about the waiver earlier this week, the Free Beacon reported, saying that sanctions should not be lifted on the hardline Iranian regime in light of its support for Hamas and other terrorist proxy groups waging war on Israel and American outposts in the region."

Read the entire article here.

— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
Posted March 15, 2024 • 10:49 AM
On President Joe Biden's Budget Plan:

"The budget plan President Joe Biden unveiled on Monday would hike taxes, increase federal spending to unprecedented levels, and lock in budget deficits that average nearly $2 trillion annually for the next decade.

"But possibly the craziest detail is the fact that the White House is trying to frame all of that as being an exercise in fiscal restraint.

"No, really. In a 'fact' released alongside the budget, the White House touted how the proposal would cut the deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years. 'Strong and shared growth that benefits all Americans isn't just good for working families and the economy; it will also lead to better fiscal outcomes,' the administration claims, adding that Biden believes 'long-term investments in our nation and its people should be paid for.'

"Someone in the White House might want to Google what the phrase 'paid for' actually means, because Biden's budget assumes the federal government will keep borrowing at near-record levels for the next decade."

Read the entire article here.

— Eric Boehm, Reason
— Eric Boehm, Reason
Posted March 14, 2024 • 08:47 AM
On Special Counsel Robert Hur's Congressional Testimony That President Biden Willfully Retained Classified Documents:

"Special Counsel Robert Hur on Tuesday directly disputed the White House narrative on President Biden's retention of classified documents after his vice presidency, confirming Biden 'willfully' retained classified documents, indicated Biden lied to reporters when he said he did not share such information, and testified his report 'did not exonerate' Biden of wrongdoing.

He insisted in nationally televised testimony to Congress that Biden did 'willfully' keep nationally secrets but that prosecutors did not believe they could prove it to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

Hur was appointed special counsel by the Justice Department to look into Biden's handling of classified document after he left the Obama White House in 2017."

Read the entire article here.

— Steven Richards, Just the News
— Steven Richards, Just the News
Posted March 13, 2024 • 08:10 AM
Reporting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu' Response to President Biden's 'Red Line':

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off President Joe Biden's concerns and criticisms, vowing to move forward with Israel's military occupation in Gaza.

"Biden insisted on Saturday that the Israeli leader's strategy for the country's war against Hamas is 'hurting Israel more than helping.' When asked about Rafah, he added, 'It is a red line,' attempting to put pressure on Netanyahu to do more to protect Palestinians.

"Netanyahu was asked the following day whether Israeli forces would push into Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip and a refuge for millions of Palestinians. 'We'll go there. We're not going to leave. You know, I have a red line. You know what the red line is, that Oct. 7 deosn't happen again,' he said, referring to Hamas's brutal massacre that killed about 1,200 Israelis and triggered the conflict. 'Never hapens again.'

"The prime minister said he had the implicit backing of some Arab leaders, according to Politico. 'They understand that and even agree with it quietly,' he said. 'They understand Hamas is part of the Iranian terror axis.'"

Read the entire article here.

— Conrad Hoyt, Washington Examiner
— Conrad Hoyt, Washington Examiner
Posted March 11, 2024 • 09:21 AM
On 'Biden's Bridge to Nowhere':

"Back in 2020, Joe Biden addressed concerns that he would be the oldest president in history. 'Look,' he said, 'I view myself as a bridge, not as anything else.' Four years later, as Biden delivered his election year State of the Union address, I found myself pondering where, exactly, Biden's bridge leads. ...

"The passage on Israel and Hamas revealed the true purpose of this year's State of the Union. Biden's emphasis on aid to the Palestinians in Gaza, and on pressuring Israel to conduct a just war according to an impossible double standard, was a panicked response to divisions on his left. Indeed, the whole speech was a panicked response to divisions on his left. The Biden high campaign must believe that its problem is the Democratic base -- and that the way to boost turnout among the Democratic base is through progressive messaging.

"I have no doubt that Democrats will be pleased with the result. But I am also skeptical it will persuade independents and working-class men and women of all races that Biden has the answers to Aemrica's problems. And if something doesn't change for Biden soon, he will be the bridge from one Trump term to another."

Read the entire article here.

— Matthew Continetti, Author, Founding Editor of Washington Free Beacon, and a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
— Matthew Continetti, Author, Founding Editor of Washington Free Beacon, and a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Posted March 08, 2024 • 08:52 AM
On President Biden and the Cost of Everyday Food Items:

"Joe Biden is up to his usual tricks, spinning false narratives and blaming others for the damage done by his wrong-headed policies.

"People are angry that the cost of everyday food items like potato chips (up 29 percent) and ice cream (up 20 percent) have gone through the roof since Biden took office. The president's response? Accusing food companies of price gouging, which, as I show below, is simply not true.

"Food prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, are up about 21 percent since Joe Biden became president; in 2022, Americans spent 11.2 percent of their disposable income on food, the most in 30 years. The cost of feeding a family, especially for low-income Americans, is a struggle -- which could explain why in a recent poll more than two-thirds of voters with incomes below $50,000 disapproved of Biden's handling of the economy.

"The White House is panicked that high food prices will jeopardize Biden's reelection (it's still the economy, stupid), so they've launched a new pitch."

Read the entire article here.

— Liz Peek, Former Partner of Wertheim & Company
— Liz Peek, Former Partner of Wertheim & Company
Posted March 07, 2024 • 08:10 AM
On a Secret Biden Administration Program that Has Flown Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Immigrants from Latin America to 43 U.S. Cities:

"Efforts by open-border Democrats to blame the growing big-city migrant crisis on Texas and its program of busing illegal immigrants north are being upstaged by a new investigation showing that President Joe Biden has secretly flown hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Latin American airports to 43 U.S. cities.

The unusual program, kept from the public, involved at least 320,000 illegal immigrants the administration admits are 'inadmissible' immigrants, far more than previously reported.

Despite facing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has refused to identify the 43 airports it is dumping immigrants at after direct flights from Latin America."

Read the entire article here.

— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
Posted March 05, 2024 • 07:47 AM
Notable Quote   
"The astonishing political events of the last four weeks make plain, once again, how much of America's history depends on what voters have come to accept as the choice of one person: each presidential nominee's choice of a vice presidential candidate. Even as the nomination process was expanded, half a century ago, to include millions of primary voters, the choice of the vice presidential nominee…[more]
— Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner and Longtime Co-Author of The Almanac of American Politics
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