Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post Published 7:33 am PDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Jordan Sarno Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, speaks at a congressional hearing on March 8, 2018. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, speaks at a congressional hearing on March 8, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Jordan Sarno The Health 202: The FDA's bid to lower some drug costs will help. But it won't solve the problem. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - In the more than two months since President Donald Trump stood in the Rose Garden and made big promises about lowering drug prices, the most significant steps taken have come from an agency with no official role in how those prices are set. … [Read more...] about The Health 202: The FDA’s bid to lower some drug costs will help. But it won’t solve the problem.
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Sen. Ed Markey is celebrating “two big wins” Wednesday. “Celtics over the Cavs, and Markey over the Trump administration,” Markey told Boston.com. In what he called “the most important vote we’re going to have in this generation on the internet,” a small group of Republican senators joined Democrats to pass Markey’s resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission plan to repeal net neutrality rules. It’s an issue that the Massachusetts Democrat and longtime tech consumer advocate says “goes right to the heart of our identity as a free and open society.” “The Senate has handed the Trump administration a huge defeat, and, now with enormous momentum, it’s moving over to the House,” he said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Critics say Markey is leading net neutrality advocates down a dead end, but his success Wednesday nevertheless represented a rare rebuke to the Republican administration. … [Read more...] about The Senate just passed Ed Markey’s measure to reverse the FCC’s net neutrality repeal. What happens next?
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar pointed to short-term and association health plans during Friday’s White House press briefing as possible solutions to Obamacare and health insurance premiums reaching new heights. Breitbart News asked Azar about insurers in areas like Maryland and Virginia who are considering double-digit health insurance premium increases in 2019. “There’s a Maryland regulator that’s said something like the ACA is in a ‘death spiral,’ echoing past words of the President [Donald Trump]. What are you doing to deal with that? Does HHS just accept these premium increases as reality? What are you doing to reduce those costs?”Azar said some of the premiums being discussed now are “the very beginning of a process that happens with state regulators around those insurance designs.” The secretary pointed to the massive Obamacare premium increases which occurred under President Obama. “They continue because … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Seeking Alternate Plans to Solve Spiking Obamacare Premiums
POLITICS 04/26/2018 01:25 pm ET But the attorney general’s plans come at a cost. By Roque Planas When Tim Purdon became U.S. attorney for North Dakota in 2010, he had a priority: improving public safety on the state’s four Indian reservations. Prosecuting violent crimes on Indian reservations falls to the Justice Department, and Purdon himself had worked similar cases as a public defender before taking on the U.S. attorney job. But when Purdon took office, he found that more than a third of his criminal caseload consisted of immigration prosecutions, even though North Dakota lies more than 1,000 miles from the border with Mexico. Despite the state’s proximity to Canada, the defendants were by and large Latin Americans who’d been caught in the U.S. after getting deported. The cases were easy to win. All prosecutors needed was to present paperwork proving the prior deportation. But the cases sapped time away from Purdon’s prosecutors, whom … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions Wants To Make The Justice Department More Like ICE
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the best way to avoid driving bans. The German car industry, which accounts for some 800,000 jobs in Europe’s biggest economy, is struggling with a global backlash against diesel cars after Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> admitted in 2015 that it had cheated U.S. exhaust tests. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will do everything possible to avoid driving bans but disagreements over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions threaten to further strain her coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). In an interview with Tagesspiegel due to be published on Sunday Schulze said: “I fear that in cities where the limits have been far exceeded – Munich, Stuttgart and others – software updates alone … [Read more...] about German minister says diesel software upgrades unlikely to solve air problems