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Volume 3, Number 39
December 1, 2006


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News

Medicaid Spending Sees First Decline
USA Today, 11-27-06

Editor's Notes:

USA Today reports that a combination of cost–management programs and the shift of drug costs for millions of poor elderly patients to Medicare has led to a decline in Medicaid spending for the first time "since the health program for the poor was created in 1965."
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Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats
Washington Post, 11-26-06

Editor's Notes:

The Washington Post reports that while Democrats made government negotiation of drug prices in the Medicare drug benefit a central plank of their campaign agenda, actually delivering on that campaign promise may prove to be harder than expected given the current popularity and success of the program.
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FDA Sets Its Priorities for Drug Safety Debate in Next Congress
Food & Drug Letter, 11-24-04

Editor's Notes:

There seems to be a developing consensus in Washington that "[the FDA can expect] effective oversight, withering oversight" from Congress in 2007 that may sap the agency's ability to deliver timely and objective management of new drug applications. Effective oversight is one thing, if Congress is intent on balancing safety and efficacy concerns. But the highly technical nature of these debates is not one that lends itself to media–driven Congressional hearings, which is what we can expect.
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Commentary

Employer Sponsored, Personal, and Portable Health Insurance
John Goodman, Health Affairs, 12-1-06

Goodman explores current models for creating individually owned and portable health insurance policies, and calls on Congress to clarify tax issues that may be slowing the creation of more such portable policies.
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Medicaid on the Mend
USA Today, 11-28-06

USA Today praises the states for finding innovative ways to control Medicaid spending—and perhaps improving the quality of care along the way.
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Prescription for Healing Health Care
Thomas P. Hartnet, Buffalo News, 11-26-06

Hartnett offers a thoughtful overview of HSAs, and explains why consumer–driven health care will help consumers regain control over their health care spending.
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The Market's Medicine
Orange County Register, 11-26-06

This Register editorial illuminates how the pursuit of profit—in this case, Wal–Mart's program offering 30–day supplies of many generic drugs for just $4—can help improve lower health care costs and access to needed medicines.
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Ankle Deep in Medicare Madness
The Globe and Mail, 11-23-06

This editorial refers to Canada's universal health care program, Medicare–but it should be required reading for anyone who thinks that a single payer system in the U.S., based on Canada's model, would be an improvement on the status quo.
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Drug Pricing Debate Needs a Dose of Reality
Philip Stevens, Campaign for Fighting Diseases, 11-23-06

Stevens, director of the Campaign for Fighting Diseases, offers a defense of intellectual property rights in medicine, citing the case of India, which until recently had very weak IP protections for pharmaceuticals.
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Cancer: Our National Shame
Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail, 11-22-06

This is another illuminating, and disturbing, article from the Canadian Globe and Mail, highlighting how drug rationing in Canada affects the prospects of cancer research—and the health of cancer patients.
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Drugstore Cowboys
The Dallas Morning News, 11-21-06

This Dallas Morning News editorial explains why giving the government the power to negotiate drug prices in the Medicare drug benefit is a bad idea—for the government and for the industry.
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Questionable Cure for a Questionable Crisis: The Massachusetts Health Plan Takes Shape
Sally C. Pipes, Pacific Research Institute, 11-20-06

Pipes, the president of the Pacific Research Institute, offers an in–depth analysis of the recently enacted Massachusetts health plan.
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In this week's issue:

NEWS

Medicaid Spending Sees First Decline
Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats
FDA Sets Its Priorities for Drug Safety Debate in Next Congress

COMMENTARY

Employer Sponsored, Personal, and Portable Health Insurance
Medicaid on the Mend
Prescription for Healing Health Care
The Market's Medicine
Ankle Deep in Medicare Madness
Drug Pricing Debate Needs a Dose of Reality
Cancer: Our National Shame
Drugstore Cowboys
Questionable Cure for a Questionable Crisis: The Massachusetts Health Plan Takes Shape
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