Tag Archives: Patty Murray

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill in 51-49 Vote. Health coverage imperiled as Obamacare’s individual mandate traded for $338 billion in tax cuts.

The News: By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed a tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which… Read more »

McConnell willing to hold Senate vote on bipartisan health deal if Trump endorses, but what are the odds of passage?

The News: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said on Sunday (October 22, 2017) that he would be willing to bring a bipartisan proposal to stabilize health insurance… Read more »

McConnell scraps Graham-Cassidy bill; but be mindful of Yogi Berra’s quip back in 1973.

The Latest: Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday (September 26, 2017) officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, abandoning a planned vote on the… Read more »

GOP Sen. Alexander’s plucky, bipartisan bill to fix Obamacare headed to Senate vote this week; does this dark horse have a chance in such a crowded field?

The News: The month of September has been blitzed with healthcare bills. Last week alone, Democrat and Republican senators introduced both a single-payer plan and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement… Read more »

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA chief; former FDA tour, industry ties signal solid choice despite Dems’ jabs

The News: The US Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) to confirm Scott Gottlieb, MD, as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Gottlieb, who was nominated by… Read more »

Marathon’s defense of pricey orphan drug getting spotlight in Congress; running a marathon is far easier, and a lot cheaper

Steve’s Take: Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC (Northbrook IL) caught my attention last month at the inception of an outcry when the company first announced the $89,000 price tag for its newly… Read more »

Democrats demand probe into stock trading of Trump’s HHS nominee; GOP’s righteous indignation misplaced, puzzling

Senate Democrats on Thursday (January 5, 2016) demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for US health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic… Read more »

Congress Finally Ends Row Over Zika Funding; Months of Lost Vaccine Progress a Shameful Legacy

More than eight months after the White House first asked for it, Congress has finally agreed on some funding to help fight the Zika virus and study its effects. President… Read more »

Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News

Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

Senate GOP Caves on Effort to Defund ObamaCare

Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach came… Read more »