WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresssman Doug Collins reintroduced key legislation last week aimed at lowering the cost of prescription medication and increasing transparency in the drug pricing process. Introduction of this legislation comes after President Donald Trump called on Congress to directly address the rising cost of prescription drugs during his State of the Union address.
H.R. 1035, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, requires greater transparency and accountability from Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).
H.R. 1034, the Phair Pricing Act, lowers the cost of prescription medication for patients in the Medicare Part D program.
“For too long, we have turned a blind eye as pharmacy middlemen have manipulated drug prices to maximize their profit margin. The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act will protect patients and pharmacies by increasing transparency over the drug pricing process, providing greater oversight to protect taxpayer dollars, and ensuring patients are able to choose their pharmacy,” said Rep. Collins.
“By requiring price concessions between pharmacies and middlemen be included at the point of sale, the Phair Pricing Act will guarantee patients at the pharmacy counter directly benefit from lower costs allegedly negotiated on their behalf.”
As middlemen in the pharmacy industry, PBMs determine which drugs are covered under federal programs including Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage Part-D, and FEHBP. They maintain Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) lists, which set the maximum reimbursement rate given to community pharmacies for drugs covered by federal programs. PBMs often take advantage of their role as middlemen by delaying price updates to maximize their profit margin while pharmacies are forced to sell prescriptions at a loss.
H.R. 1035 increases drug pricing transparency and accountability by accomplishing the following:
Ensures MAC pricing lists are updated every seven days for Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage Part-D, and FEHBP;
Preserves pharmacy access for patients by protecting their ability to choose a pharmacy;
Requires PBMs disclose sources used in MAC price determinations;
Provides greater oversight to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer funds in Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage Part-D, and FEHBP.
There is a clear gap between reality and the claims that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors negotiate with pharmacies on behalf of patients. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), PBMs and PDP sponsors often use these pharmacy rebates and price concessions to pad their profits instead of lowering the price patients pay for medications, which is the stated purpose of the rebates and price concessions.
H.R. 1034 protects patients and provides greater oversight by accomplishing the following:
Requires all price concessions between a pharmacy and PBM be included at the point of sale to decrease patient’s costs.
Realigns market incentives to ensure patients have access to and receive the best possible care.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a working group of stakeholders to create quality measures based on a pharmacy’s practice.
Ensures PBMs disclose all fees, price concessions, and programs to CMS.
Background: Rep. Collins introduced both the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act and the Phair Pricing Act in the 115th Congress.
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By: Candace Hardin
The 2016 election saw around 60 million people voting for Donald J. Trump for President.
All of his rallies show huge arenas packed cheek by jowl with supporters, as well as an equally
large crowd of enthusiasts outside of the building, watching screens set up for these people’s
viewing of the President and to hear his speech.
Voters turned out in record numbers to keep support for the current administration in the
midterm elections, gaining seats in the Senate, and only losing a few in Congress.
Unfortunately, the few gained seats in Congress caused a majority for Democrats, but, this
administration lost the least amount of seats in either house during a midterm election in about
one hundred years.
It is obvious that President Trump has a good base of support with the people.
There will be new people in Congress and the Senate.
One of those people will be Senator Mitt Romney, supposed Republican of Utah, also known as
Miss Also Ran in 2012.
Make the “L” sign with thumb and forefinger as you remember how he was a real wuss with
Barack Obama, preferring not to hit hard on the shortcomings of his opposition, pussyfooting
around and being polite. This caused him to lose his presidential bid, and be a loser. By refusing
to be tough, he let everyone who pinned their hopes on him down.
Romney feels that the President has not risen to the mantle of the presidency, and so he writes a
scathing op-ed to call him out on his job performance.
Exactly where does Loser Romney get off advising the first hard hitting, fight for the American
People President we have had in a long time on how to act and represent the United States?
The Democrats and the media are enough of an obstruction and a sideshow for this
administration to fight through without RINOS jumping on the bandwagon and selling out their
party because they “disapprove” of the President. As if it was their place to judge.
Most are just angry and fearful that he will discover how they are making deals and money for
themselves. They know he will call them out on it.
This was the exact reason so many of them retired this year. They were too whimpy and sheep
like to stand up for those they were supposed to represent. They didn’t want to lose their “in
crowd” card by taking the path less traveled and giving the popular kids in the Democratic Party
any push back.
Romney’s op-ed was so unpopular, even his own niece had to disavow it.
RNC Chairperson, Rhonna Romney McDaniel, felt that this kind of rhetoric from a freshman
senator was “disappointing and unproductive.”
The People sent Donald J. Trump to the White House. He is in line with their agenda.
Those Republicans who were voted into office have a DUTY to their constituents.
They have not been sent to work against the President.
There was always been plenty of that kind of obstruction.
The People want border security. BUILD THE WALL!!!!
The People want America First, first in prosperity, jobs and benefits for the people here at home.
The People want to stop being the policemen of the world.
The US cannot continue to project values and morality upon those who have no interest in
changing whatever it is that is ruining their own country. If you like it the way it was done “back
home,” go back there. Delta is ready when you are. The People do not want to turn our country
into the place immigrants found so odious that they were compelled to leave it.
The People do not want to foot the bill for the protection of the world.
The People write, email and call their representatives everyday!
It is time for the elected officials to use their head for something besides a hat rack and their ears
The reason Trump is in the presidency is BECAUSE THE PEOPLE PUT HIM THERE!!!!!!
Remember who you work for and to whom you are beholden.
I’m dumbstruck when I consider all the money authorized and wasted by the Republican
controlled congress over the past two years, on the baseless Trump-Russia collusion fallacy
when the low hanging fruit of the Clinton’s RICO reeking cabal that is Bill and Hillary’s self
sustaining charitable foundation offers such low hanging fruit so ripe for the picking that even
the most incompetent federal prosecutor, even one with a mail order degree, could win.
The avowed criminal, former FBI Director James Comey, by his own admission, is one of those
low hanging fruits ready for easy harvesting. He should be a “slam-dunk” for prosecution. So is
Andy McCabe and Peter Strzok, Bruce Orr and the several previously disgraced attorneys
serving on Mueller’s team of Trump hating investigators. (Sen Stevens R-AK)
Now that Pelosi and her stable of mindless idiot socialists are soon to take over the House, the
GOP has finally decided, in its last three weeks of existence, to consider the crimes of the
Clinton Foundation ignored by the DoJ, and investigate ‘em themselves. It’s all Nonsense!
Pushed for time the GOP has now decided they had better look like they are doing something to
appease the base. But remember, most of these people are still part of the “uni-party’ that is the
deep state, many of them still hate Donald Trump.
Taking down the Clintons should be easy via her foundation. Hillary, the driving force of her
foundation’s corruption, unfortunately, lacks the people skills that should keep the little people
under her, the now mass of whistleblowers coming forward, from turning “states evidence” and
dropping a dime. Many have physical evidence proving her corruption and now we learn that
one whistleblower has been the recipient of a late night FBI search warrant. Why was that? He
already gave them everything he had. It was to shut him and other whistleblowers up.
The mafia does that for their own security except they don’t take chances; the whistleblower is
usually killed publicly, for all to see so that other witnesses will readjust their commitment to law
and order. Right now, a bunch of former Clinton employees, State Dept. employees and others,
who Hillary held in contempt as simply “little people,” servants beneath her dignity, are ready to
dump on her. So, let’s get it going.
The former senior executive levels of the FBI, Director James Comey, and his associates,
considered themselves sacrosanct when it comes to enforcing the law of the United States,
except when the law interferes with their own needs. At the moment, they want Trump out of
office before they lose everything and, hiding behind the facade of counterintelligence, they set
about fabricating a case against Donald Trump, because he won and their favorite, Hillary
Clinton, didn’t. That is injustice personified and corruption at its most apparent.
One of their early targets was Trumps National Security advisor, Lt. Gen. Flynn, former Director
of the DIA, with a distinguished thirty-year army career. Through ruse and subterfuge, they
tricked the general into making statements, not under Miranda warning, that they claimed were
lies. Lying to the FBI constitutes a serious crime if nothing else can be proven. It now appears
the Federal judge involved in the Flynn case has serious doubts about the FBI’s handling of the
Flynn case. Flynn pled ‘guilty’ just to avoid bankruptcy but, none the less, he was left near
destitute, in penury. That’s injustice personified. What do we learn from this tawdry business?
Stay out of politics? Perhaps! Trust the judiciary to do the right thing or absolutely never, ever
speak to or trust the FBI? All apply.
Remember, Liberty is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (13Dec18)
The Democrats will soon be back in control of the House and they will continue to perpetrate the
biggest fraud scam ever employed by the Democratic party, short of exculpating Hillary Clinton’s
many high crimes and misdemeanors as yet to be adjudicated. America will never heal so long
as the Clintons and their coterie of enablers continue to escape their just punishment.
This Mueller investigation should have never even started but some good will come out as it has
shown us just how far corrupt people will go to keep themselves in power contrary to the
Constitution and the rule of law. This corruption will continue so long as the Media supports it.
The Clinton/Obama eras of Progressive Socialism is responsible for the “deep state” corruption
that is now slowly coming to light. Some Republicans are involved as well. The corrupted FBI
and DoJ did all in their power to assuage Americans that there was nothing to see there, excuse
Hillary Clintons treasonous behavior and all but ignore the Clinton Foundations pay for play
corruption. The FBI’s tergiversation is a dark stain on the reputations of the Bureaus individual
leadership and their cohorts in the DoJ. Some have already become “fall guy’s.”
The Obamas following suite and took up the reins of a ‘crypto’ corrupted government. Their
entire administration was unAmerican and their crimes almost too many to count. Mueller, a
creature of the Clintons should be removed just for Hillary’s Uranium One scheme alone.
How does this work? The Democrats are constantly showing us how corrupt they are while the
weak-willed Republican congress only permits a slow leak of the truth to come out, all
denigrated or dismissed by the Leftist compliant media as lies. Are Republicans afraid of the
media? Well, yes, except for Donald Trump. He’s turned the fourth estate, intent on fulfilling its
evanescent duty, on its head making it hard pressed for them to keep their lies believable.
Mueller’s inquiries focused on a fake report of collusion between Trump and the Russians that
handed Trump the American presidency. So far, no go on that tale. Included in the story but
ignored by the media, is the true tale of collision, that the Wikileaks emails of Hillary Clinton’s
server revealed that the whole phony story was, is, and will forever be a failed stealth attack by
Hillary Clinton et. al.. The DNC all but opened the door of their computers to hackers.
Wikileaks founder Julien Assange said that “this was a leak, not a hack.” He exposed the
unfortunate Seth Rich as the leaker. Technical experts who examined the data said that the
transfer was too fast to have been a hack so, it had to have been a leak. But, that’s not the
Progressive narrative they think will saved Hillary because the lie is the entire basis for Mueller’s
investigations yet It seems that no one wants the truth to come out, even the Never Trumpers.
Now we’re in another dimension. Trump still has the Presidency, AG Sessions is gone and his
Chief of Staff, Mathew Whitaker has been appointed acting AG. The new Democrats will resist
his appointment with the ferocity the Senate Democrats showed to Justice Kavanaugh. Why?
Because they fear Whitaker; they know that he will actually provide real, un-recused over-sight
that might just limit Mueller to the limits of his charter, and that wouldn’t do, would it?
Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional and should be subject to supervision of the
executive branch. He was never confirmed by the Senate. It’s long past time for this farce to
end. The witch hunt has exposed the real traitors in this nation and it wasn’t Donald Trump.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (18Nov18)
CLEVELAND, Ga. – Advanced voting for the 2018 General Election begins next week and Georgia is the home of one of the most intriguing – and expensive — gubernatorial races in the nation.
Pollsters say the race is neck and neck. On Sept. 6, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll had it 45 percent for Republican Brian Kemp, 45 percent for Democrat Stacey Abrams, 2 percent for independent Ted Metz and 7.5 percent undecided.
Folks who make a living analyzing political races say the Democrats had the momentum and that anger over President Donald Trump’s policies was driving increased voter registration on the left. But that was before the bitterly divisive hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Infuriated by the “guilty until proven innocent” uncorroborated sexual assault accusations of the liberal left, Republicans have seized the momentum and can be expected to turnout in record numbers to support Kemp.
Health insurance is one key policy difference between the two leading candidates. Abrams supports Medicaid expansion. Kemp says it would bankrupt the state.
Kemp carries the endorsement of President Donald Trump into the election. Abrams is the darling of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, who hope to change the color of Georgia from red to blue.
Advanced voting will be held Monday through Friday from Oct 15 through November 2 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Voters may also cast a ballot on Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All advanced voting in White County will take place at the Mauney Building, 1241 Helen Highway, Cleveland. The General Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. when all precincts will be open.
A large number of candidates who will appear on the ballot are running unopposed. They include State Senator Steve Gooch, State Representative John Wilkinson, State Representative Matt Gurtler and Northeast Judicial District Attorney Lee Darragh. In addition to choosing political candidates, voters will have an opportunity to vote on five proposed Constitutional amendments and two statewide referendums.
White County Ballot
Brian Kemp (R ) Stacey Abrams(D) Ted Metz (I)
Geoff Duncan (R) Sarah Riggs Amico (D)
Secretary of State
Brad Raffensperger (R ) John Barrow (D)
Chris Carr (R ) Charlie Bailey (D)
Gary Black (R ) Fred Swann (D)
Jim Beck (R ) Janice Laws (D ) Donnie Foster (I)
State School Superintendent
Richard Woods (R ) Otha Thornton, Jr. (D)
Mark Butler (R ) Richard Keatley
U.S. House of Representatives 9th District
Doug Collins (R ) Josh McCall (D)
The Democrats, in their desperate need to stop Donald Trump, continue in their nefarious antics
to delay, obfuscate, lie, cheat and steal to prevent President Trump from Making America Great
Again. America can start to heal when the Marxist/Democrat party is no longer a threat.
The Senate Judicial Committee hearing of Supreme Court Nominee, Bret Kavanaugh was
turned into a “Progressive circus” by the Democrat Senators on the committee, helped by
Schumer filling the hearing room with paid screaming Leftists. Then came the last minute Dr.
Christine Bassey Ford accusation, purposefully designed to upset the timing of the Senate vote
for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Who know’s what’s next but it will be as equally stupid.
We have no idea what Jeff Sessions is doing to ensure American law does not utilize a double
standard and that Americans know that, but.… ??? The logical path forward is to put Democrats
on the defensive. I believe that the President should quietly launch a campaign, not on “Twitter”
but behind the scenes, and be cold, calculating and ruthless, and as purposeful in its execution
as the Democrats are in trying to make their schemes work.
Democrats have a serious weakness apart from losing elections. it’s the long list of Hillary
Clinton’s and DNC staffers, colluding NY law firms, Fusion GPS, FBI and DOJ senior employees
who are or should be easy pickings for federal grand jury inditement’s on a basket load of
provable felony offenses. They’re out there, Where’s Jeff?
The offensive campaign should begin quietly, picking off the low hanging fruit, like Mueller does,
and start the squeeze, one by one until the fire alarm of Democratic panic rises into the ranks of
elected Democrat officials and, hopefully, a few “#Never Trumpers” as well. Oh, what fun that
would be! But it’s not being done because except for election loses, there is no visible rising
panic in the Democrat Party, or the media for that matter. Mr. President, turn on the heat!
Crimes relating to the false FISA warrant applications, illegal smash and grab searches (fruit of
the poisonous tree doctrine) of potential subjects of federal persecutions, the Chinese hacking
into Hillary’s unauthorized server, destruction of subpoenaed documents, destruction of physical
evidence and etc. etc., & etc.. If Trump starts now, the Democrats will be forced into a defensive
mode, something not usual for them, and the business of governing can proceed.
Republican’s can’t or won’t do this. They lack the in-house fighting skills needed both to defend
their own actions and/or launch really cool and devastating attacks on the morally and ethnically
challenged Democrats. Why in the world, for example, would Sen. Grassley, the Judiciary
Committee Chairman, entertain such a silly notion as flying to California to interview Dr. Ford
because she won’t come to Wash. DC? Simply to appease the media. It shows weakness and is
deliberating to the confirmation process. The committee owes Dr. Ford nothing except a
reasonable forum to publicly, under oath, tell her story. If she doesn’t show up, then that’s it.
Proceed with the vote and send it to the whole Senate as was planned. That’s what the
Democrats would do, but no, the Republicans have to show “fairness.”
America elected Trump specifically to put jurists like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh will be confirmed. Soon thereafter, Ruth Bader Ginsberg will depart and Trump will
have yet another nomination to make. It will work while Dems. are defending themselves.
Remember, freedoms the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (20Sep18)
Dear President Trump. Most of us, your base, absolutely understand that former Sen. John
McCain didn’t like you personally or your presidency either for that matter and often worked
hand in hand with Democrats, to thwart your initiatives to drain the swamp.
Consequently, we are not distressed that your tepid demonstration of respect on the occasion of
his death, even with the screaming media challenging your personal ethics on the matter, was
limited to perfunctory homilies about his years of public service or the flag issue. We got that!
McCain had his own baggage to carry and most of us know about that too.
So, we entreat you not to lose sight of what’s really going on here, another excuse for the Left
wing-nuts of the media to attack you on points of minutia to stop you before you finish your
important task of draining the swamp. That’s what it’s all about and nothing more.
John McCain has his place in history, militarily, politically and family and except for his
unfortunate individual experiences as a POW, and his painful method of death, he is basically
no different than anyone else who served in uniform, or out, and left a record of that service.
Sen McCain’s best friend in the Senate, his cohort in progressivism disguised as compassionate
conservatism, was Ted Kennedy, arguably the most dangerous politician this side of the
Clintons, to wield power in America. He too was called home with the same malady that claimed
Sen McCain. So are many others.
Kennedy proudly carried the label the “Lion of the Senate!” But who remembers him any more
except for the bridge he didn’t cross? John McCain loved the moniker “the Maverick,” and all
we’ll remember of him is that he was a naval aviator shot down over Vietnam and became a
POW. Some other former POW’s of that conflict have a different opinion of McCain’s heroism in
captivity. We don’t know because most of us weren’t there. We only know what has been sifted
through the organs of the Main Stream Media and regurgitated out to us for our benefit.
Sen. McCain, the once darling of the press, ran as a Republican for President. As a “Maverick,”
the press loved him and doted on his every utterance, until his Democratic presidential
opponent, a talentless half-black “community organizer” with no special accomplishments and
no traceable history, was raised up out of the primal mud of the Chicago political swamp,
financed by Soros and supported by a convicted terrorist bomber, now a college professor.
Like Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, Barak Hussein Obama, with the enthusiastic guidance of
the Orc’s of the Left-wing media, the socialist dominated Democrat party, Unions, and the
propaganda of Liberal university professors, started to fundamentally reorganize America in
Sauron’s image, to create a dark forbidding place, like Cuba and Venezuela for us to abide in.
Where was John McCain? Protecting his self-interest by frequently siding with the dark forces
that were then totally running the government. Where was he when the voters, in successive
elections, returned control of both houses of Congress to Republicans? He still stood like a
“Maverick,” impeding the flow to true American Constitutionalism, respect for America’s history,
its culture and its amazing accomplishments. I cannot fault Donald Trump at all. Trump will be
remembered in the end and John McCain, like Ted Kennedy, will simply be shelved and
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get’m! (28Aug18)
It’s Sine Die day, that means it’s the last day of the 2018 Legislative Session! Interviews First Vice Chairman of Georgia Congress 9th District GOP Rebecca Yardley on the experience and what to expect from the Georgia Capitol today!