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Democrats Attempt to Revive Socialized Medicine With Drug Pricing Scheme

Democrats are working toward their goal of socialized medicine with their so-called Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would be the largest government power grab concerning private health insurance since the Affordable Care Act.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: We all want to keep the cost of lifesaving medicine affordable for Americans, but H.R. 6388 is a bait and switch by Democrats to accomplish their Socialist agenda. This reckless bill will only increase government control over healthcare, destroy healthcare innovation, and burden those most in need of affordable medication.

DEMOCRATS’ SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE POWER GRAB:

  • HR 6388 is another attempt by the Democrats to revive socialized medicine and their drug pricing scheme that will destroy medical innovation and lead to fewer cures.

  • It’s the largest expansion of the federal government’s role in private health insurance design since Obamacare, and it gives health care middlemen, such as pharmacy benefit managers, a pass to keep hiding out-of-pocket savings from patients. It’s not the right approach.

  • It uses a Budget Gimmick to Delay a Trump Admin Rule that “Finds” Money Simply by Delaying Regulations:

    • The Congressional Budget Office’s score indicates this will cost the federal government more than $11 billion over the next 10 years through higher subsidies for higher premiums.

    • For one additional year, further delays the Trump administration rebate rule (which would lower out-of-pocket costs for patients with all diseases), “saving” $20 billion.

  • It also creates a $9 billion slush fund by adding the remaining nearly $9 billion in purported savings to the Medicare Improvement Fund (MIF), which Democrats will likely spend on other partisan priorities.

REPUBLICAN SOLUTIONS TO PRESCRIPTION COSTS:

  • Some of the more than eight million Americans who use insulin products face affordability and access challenges.

  • Thanks to the 2020 launch of a new regulatory approval pathway, biosimilar insulins can now come to market, joining existing follow-on insulins and authorized generics in driving down costs through competition.

  • Regulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration, such as the creation of the Part D Senior Savings Model and the issuance of new flexibilities for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), have helped to address certain drivers of high out-of-pocket insulin spending.

  • Congress could build on these efforts or pursue market-driven solutions, such as by redesigning the Medicare Part D benefit with an out-of-pocket cap or allowing for more Part D plan choices, to reduce prescription drug costs for consumers.

  • When weighing policy options that involve new government mandates, policymakers should proceed with caution, given the potential for premium hikes, deficit increases, and other unintended consequences.

Instead of a Socialist tax-and-spend spree, House Republicans have offered a real solution to increased healthcare costs. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, or H.R. 19, works to lower the cost of prescription drugs for all diseases, not just diabetes, by:

  • Lowering health care costs and ensuring America leads in health care innovation for more cures and treatments.

  • Giving patients more drug price transparency and ensuring public disclosure of drug costs and discounts.

  • Increasing low-cost options by bringing more generic and biosimilar competition to the marketplace fast. It caps seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $50 per month.
  • Allowing high deductible health insurance plans to cover insulin before the deductible kicks in.

Democrats Attempt to Revive Socialized Medicine With Drug Pricing Scheme

Democrats are working toward their goal of socialized medicine with their so-called Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would be the largest government power grab concerning private health insurance since the Affordable Care Act.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: We all want to keep the cost of lifesaving medicine affordable for Americans, but H.R. 6388 is a bait and switch by Democrats to accomplish their Socialist agenda. This reckless bill will only increase government control over healthcare, destroy healthcare innovation, and burden those most in need of affordable medication.

DEMOCRATS’ SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE POWER GRAB:

  • HR 6388 is another attempt by the Democrats to revive socialized medicine and their drug pricing scheme that will destroy medical innovation and lead to fewer cures.

  • It’s the largest expansion of the federal government’s role in private health insurance design since Obamacare, and it gives health care middlemen, such as pharmacy benefit managers, a pass to keep hiding out-of-pocket savings from patients. It’s not the right approach.

  • It uses a Budget Gimmick to Delay a Trump Admin Rule that “Finds” Money Simply by Delaying Regulations:

    • The Congressional Budget Office’s score indicates this will cost the federal government more than $11 billion over the next 10 years through higher subsidies for higher premiums.

    • For one additional year, further delays the Trump administration rebate rule (which would lower out-of-pocket costs for patients with all diseases), “saving” $20 billion.

  • It also creates a $9 billion slush fund by adding the remaining nearly $9 billion in purported savings to the Medicare Improvement Fund (MIF), which Democrats will likely spend on other partisan priorities.

REPUBLICAN SOLUTIONS TO PRESCRIPTION COSTS:

  • Some of the more than eight million Americans who use insulin products face affordability and access challenges.

  • Thanks to the 2020 launch of a new regulatory approval pathway, biosimilar insulins can now come to market, joining existing follow-on insulins and authorized generics in driving down costs through competition.

  • Regulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration, such as the creation of the Part D Senior Savings Model and the issuance of new flexibilities for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), have helped to address certain drivers of high out-of-pocket insulin spending.

  • Congress could build on these efforts or pursue market-driven solutions, such as by redesigning the Medicare Part D benefit with an out-of-pocket cap or allowing for more Part D plan choices, to reduce prescription drug costs for consumers.

  • When weighing policy options that involve new government mandates, policymakers should proceed with caution, given the potential for premium hikes, deficit increases, and other unintended consequences.

Instead of a Socialist tax-and-spend spree, House Republicans have offered a real solution to increased healthcare costs. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, or H.R. 19, works to lower the cost of prescription drugs for all diseases, not just diabetes, by:

  • Lowering health care costs and ensuring America leads in health care innovation for more cures and treatments.

  • Giving patients more drug price transparency and ensuring public disclosure of drug costs and discounts.

  • Increasing low-cost options by bringing more generic and biosimilar competition to the marketplace fast. It caps seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $50 per month.
  • Allowing high deductible health insurance plans to cover insulin before the deductible kicks in.

Biden Leaves Out Hyde Amendment From Budget—Again

For the second year in a row, the Biden administration has left out the Hyde Amendment from their budget proposal, a continuation of this administration’s pro-abortion agenda.

The Hyde Amendment, which blocks taxpayer funding of abortion, is estimated to have saved roughly 2.5 million lives since its adoption over 40 years ago.

Repealing the Hyde Amendment is deeply unpopular. According to a Marist/Knights of Columbus poll, nearly 60% of Americans oppose funding abortions with taxpayer funds, and nearly 80% of Americans oppose funding the promotion of abortion overseas.

Biden’s radical budget also includes other dangerous anti-life policies, including:

  • A 40% increase in funding for Title X, which gives $400 million taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortions.
  • A 72% increase in funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which partners with China and North Korea, amongst other countries that continually violate human rights.

BOTTOM LINE: The Biden administration is doubling down on their radical Far-Left agenda at the expense of the unborn, even though the Hyde Amendment has long been a bipartisan policy. House Republicans will always fight to defend life and protect American taxpayers’ dollars from being used to provide on-demand abortion.

Biden’s Science Office Indirectly Funded by Big Tech Foundation

A new report details how a foundation run by the former owner of Google, Eric Schmidt, has an “unusual level of influence” in the Biden administration’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – all under the guise of “charity.”

According to reporting by Politico:

“More than a dozen officials in the 140-person White House office have been associates of Schmidt’s, including some current and former Schmidt employees, according to interviews with current and former staff members and internal emails obtained by POLITICO.”

A large number of staffers were associated with the non-profit and Schmidt, including the former head of the Office, Eric Lander, but it also funded the salaries of two staffers, one of whom is the current Chief of Staff. The foundation even has a personal connection to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy has invaluable power in the Biden White House and covers funding of policy areas that are of particular interest to not only billionaire Eric Schmidt’s foundation but Big Tech giants in general.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Just like the Obama administration, the Biden White House unabashedly remains under Big Tech’s influence, and for some staffers, on Big Tech’s payroll. This report comes as Big Tech continues to censor the free speech of Americans for the benefit of the Democratic Party. It is no surprise that the majority of Americans do not trust our government under one-party Democrat rule in Washington.

Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee Is A Leftist Activist That Should Not Be Confirmed

President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings proved what we already knew, she will act as a Far-Left activist judge and a rubber stamp for Biden’s woke agenda if confirmed.

Brown Jackson has a history of delivering soft-on-crime sentences, particularly for child sex predators. When pressed during her confirmation hearings, Brown Jackson could not adequately defend or explain her record on this issue.

Now, we’re learning that Biden’s White House “did not include in materials given to the Judiciary Committee a grisly child porn case in which Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson departed significantly below probation office recommendation.”

That’s not all. Brown Jackson was unable to define what a woman is when asked during her confirmation hearing. After days of questioning, it became clear that Brown Jackson should not be confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court.

FACTS ABOUT KETANJI BROWN JACKSON:

  • Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to nominate a Far-Left radical to the SCOTUS and Ketanji Brown Jackson is just that.
  • Brown Jackson has a history of delivering soft-on-crime sentences, particularly sentencing for child sex predators.
  • Brown Jackson was unable to define what a woman is when asked during her confirmation hearing.
  • Jackson was part of an amicus brief filed by several pro-abortion groupsin support of a “buffer zone” around abortion clinics in 2001.
    • This was a direct attack on the free speech rights of pro-life activists.
  • Jackson was a lawyer for several terrorists detained at Guantánamo Bay.
    • Her advocacy for these terrorists went beyond giving them a competent defense it was “zealous.”
    • She continued to advocate for Guantanamo terrorists when she went into private practice.
  • Jackson has repeatedly ruled against conservative policies.
    • She blocked the Trump administration from expanding its “Expedited Removal” program to deport illegal immigrants faster.
      • She claimed that the Department of Homeland Security didn’t consider the impact on illegal immigrants.
    • She blocked President Trump’s executive order that would have made it easier to fire federal employees who were failing to perform their jobs.
  • Jackson worked for Obama’s presidential campaign as a poll monitorand donated to Obama.
  • Jackson’s husband donated to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Jackson previously served as Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and during her tenure, the organization planned a trip to North Korea where alumni were told to show “respect” for North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-iI. After public backlash, the trip was canceled.

Biden’s Reckless Budget

As Americans struggle to pay skyrocketing prices at the store and feel historic pain at the pump, President Biden’s proposed budget will make every crisis facing American families, job creators, and workers even worse.

This budget will spend $73 trillion over the next decade, which would grow America’s debt to a shocking $45 trillion by 2032. To pay for this reckless spending, taxes on families would increase by $1 trillion, and taxes on job creators would increase $1.5 trillion. This budget would be funded by the highest sustained tax burden in our nation’s history.

BIDEN’S BUDGET BY THE NUMBERS: (Courtesy of House Budget Committee Republicans)

  • Deficits: $14.4 trillion deficits over 10 years. The deficit exceeds $1 trillion every year. Deficits average 4.7 percent of GDP a year, the highest sustained level in American history.
  • Debt: $16 trillion of new debt over 10 years. The national debt reaches $45 trillion by 2032 (121% of GDP)
  • Spending: $73 trillion of spending over 10 years, 66 percent higher than the average of the last 10 years. This is $8 trillion above CBO’s most recent projections. Spending averages 23.4 percent of GDP over the next 10 years, the highest sustained spending burden in American history.
  • Taxes: $58 trillion of taxes over 10 years. $5 trillion above CBO’s most recent projections (but we haven’t gotten a new CBO baseline this year, OMBs baseline shows it as a $2.5 trillion tax increase, the other $2.5 trillion coming from enhanced economic growth/inflation, so safer to use the $2.5 trillion tax increase number). The budget proposes taxes to amount to 18.8 percent of GDP over the next 10 years, which is the highest sustained tax burden in American history.
  • Inflation: Does not accurately reflect current trends in inflation. Inflation is increasing by 8 percent so far this year, but the budget makes the ridiculous claim that under the president’s policies it will end up at only 4.7 percent in 2022—a figure that could only be reached if inflation averages about 2 percent for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, that will not happen under these reckless spending proposals.
  • Weak Growth: Only assumes average growth over the next 10 years of a little above 2 percent. This is 28 percent below the average of the last 75 years. Budget’s high spending leads to below-average economic growth and record inflation.
  • Gimmicks: Uses a Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund to say they support the policies of BBB, and that they will do it in deficit-neutral way, but leave it to Congress to figure out the details – basically meaning the numbers above don’t include the CBO confirmed $5 trillion in BBB spending, $1.5 trillion in BBB taxes, or $3 trillion in BBB debt….though there is some double-counting happening with the tax increases to say they would be used to pay for BBB, but also accomplish deficit reduction in his larger budget.

BOTTOM LINE: President Biden and House Democrats clearly have no plan to solve the overwhelming economic crisis facing Americans, and this Far-Left, Socialist budget will only worsen it. Americans can’t afford to pay for Democrats’ out-of-control spending any longer.

Biden Kept His Promise to Wage a War on American Energy

On the debate stage in 2020, President Biden emphatically promised to wage a war on American energy dominance:

“No more subsidies for fossil fuel energy, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period.”

Now that prices have skyrocketed 81% to a historic high since inauguration day, Biden and his administration have worked to deflect any responsibility for the pain at the pump Americans are feeling.

Rather than take responsibility for the consequences of his anti-American energy agenda, Biden is willing to beg other dictators and malign regimes to fill the gap of Russian oil and is using a new social media campaign to blame Putin for skyrocketing prices.

BIDEN’S ENERGY CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The national average for a gallon of gas reached $4.28 on Thursday.
    • Gas prices over the past week are the highest in U.S. history.
  • U.S. crude oil is currently at $102.52.

BIDEN’S WAR ON AMERICAN ENERGY:

  • Rather than unleash American energy and end his anti-energy policies, Biden said he “can’t do much right now” about skyrocketing prices.
  • Biden is choosing to release even more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
    • This move follows an SPR release of 50 million barrels of oil in November of 2021, which did nothing to prevent a spike in energy prices.
    • The SPR is supposed to be used for national security emergencies and major weather events, not for Biden to use as a political Hail Mary when his policies fail.
  • Biden is also reportedly asking Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and even Iran to replace Russian oil.
  • Biden began fulfilling his anti-energy promise on his first day in office, when he when he killed the Keystone XL pipeline, which could be supplying 830,000 thousand barrels of oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.
  • In his first week in office, President Biden issued an executive order suspending all oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.
    • While a federal judge ruled the leasing bans to be illegal, Biden’s administration has issued ZERO new leases on federal lands.
  • In May 2021, President Biden removed sanctions against Nord Stream 2, which were previously put in place by former President Trump.
  • In February 2022, President Biden reversed course and reimposed the Trump sanctions, noting the “overwhelming incentive to move away from Russian gas…”
  • President Biden’s Far-Left Socialist agenda, Build Back Better, was an effort to cripple domestic energy by increasing oil and gas production payments to 20%, increasing bonding and surety requirements to more than 15 times their current levels, imposing a new severance tax, and establishing new annual fees of $10,000 per mile for offshore pipelines.
  • President Biden’s FY22 Budget request explicitly opposed funding the construction or maintenance of projects that would lower the cost of gas, diesel, or energy derived from fossil fuels.
  • Biden’s Department of Energy has slow-walked liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports that could reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia.

ENDING RUSSIA’S ENERGY LEVERAGE (Courtesy of House Select Climate Committee):

  • President Biden imported an average of 198,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Russia in 2021 – a 160% increase from the previous year.
  • After banning Russian energy imports, Biden wants us to believe that begging other dictators is better than American energy – even though the U.S. has 38 billion barrels of proven oil reserves.
  • Europe currently gets 41% of its natural gas from Russia.
  • The Biden administration should immediately approve the six pending liquified natural gas (LNG) export applications – in addition to unleashing more of our proved reserves of natural gas (473.3 trillion cubic feet) – to help our allies.
  • Banning U.S. imports of Russian energy isn’t enough. America must increase energy production and exports to displace Russian energy in the market and provide our allies with affordable, reliable, and secure energy.

STEPS BIDEN SHOULD TAKE TODAY: 

  1. End Biden’s federal freeze on all new oil and gas projects
  2. Fast-track pending LNG export permits
  3. Expedite approval of all pipeline and energy development
  4. Stop the regulatory assault on U.S. energy development and financing

MAKE NO MISTAKE: By working to keep his campaign promise of a war on American energy, Biden drove up energy prices for Americans. This is Biden’s price hike – no one else’s.

Biden’s New Iran Deal Will Allow Putin To Circumvent Sanction While Paving The Pathway To A Nuclear Weapon For Iran

President Biden is reportedly just days away from announcing a new nuclear deal with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: This deal will only benefit America’s adversaries, specifically Vladimir Putin, and endanger the United States, Israel, and the entire world.

Russia negotiated Biden’s new Iran deal and, if enacted, “will allow Putin to circumvent tough Western sanctions that have been put in place since Russia invaded Ukraine.

THE FACTS ABOUT BIDEN’S NEW IRAN DEAL:

  • Biden’s new Iran deal is a more dangerous version of the fatally flawed 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • There are indications that Biden’s new Iran deal will prevent the United States from reimposing sanctions on Iranian financial institutions.
    • Making Iran ripe for Russia to use as a workaround as it seeks to evade penalties on its economy.
  • Biden’s new Iran deal was negotiated by America’s adversaries in Moscow and Beijing at a time where the world is witnessing the unprovoked and gruesome Russian invasion of Ukraine in real time.
  • China and Russia are using Biden’s new Iran deal to strengthen their nuclear and military trade ties with Iran.
  • Biden’s new Iran deal will greenlight the Russo-Iranian nuclear extortion of the United States.
  • In the short term, this deal will leave Iran with the ability to “break out” – produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb – within a few months.
  • Under Biden’s new Iran deal, Iran will get more nuclear and even non-nuclear sanctions lifted – and with it, a windfall of billions of dollars to better arm itself, in exchange for fewer and shorter-lived nuclear restrictions.
    • This comes after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired dozens of missiles near the U.S. consulate in Iraq last weekend, Iranian government officials have repeatedly chanted “Death to America,” and the IRGC has vowed to wipe Israel off the “global political map.”
    • The IRGC stands to benefit greatly from this deal through the removal of their designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and by regaining access to funds in Iranian banks. America, Israel, and the world, will be less protected against Iranian-sponsored terrorism.

Southern Border Illegal Crossings Increased 63% From Last February, the Worst February on Record in Over Two Decades

According to new U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data, Biden’s historic border crisis is only worsening.

There were 164,973 migrant encounters at our southern border in February, up 7% from January and up a shocking 63% from the previous year. 30% of those encountered at the border last month had already been encountered by CBP at least once in the past 12 months.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • According to new U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data, there were 164,973 migrant encounters at our southern border in February, up 7% from January.
    • That is a 63% increase from the previous year.
    • 30% of those encountered at the border last month had also been encountered at least once in the past 12 months.
    • 76% of those apprehended were single adults – an 11% increase from January.
    • This was the worst February on record in over two decades.
  • Biden and the Far-Left Socialist Democrats are threatening to roll back and eliminate Title 42 implemented under the Trump administration – our strongest tool to deter the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. In February alone, 55% of the total encounters at the Southern Border were processed for expulsion under Title 42.
  • According to the newly released report, the Biden administration dropped deportations by roughly 68% last year:
    • Deportations dropped from 185,884 in 2020 to just 59,011 in 2021.
    • This is the lowest level in 26 years, which dates back to before the agency of ICE was created.
    • According to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, the average daily number of ICE detainees dropped to about 19,200 in 2021, the lowest level in over two decades.
    • ICE dropped administrative arrests in the interior of the U.S. by 28% in 2021, detaining just 74,082  compared to 104,000 during fiscal 2020.
  • Since Biden took office over 2 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • In FY21, 11,201 pounds of illicit fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection, which is enough to kill every American nearly seven times over.
    • Fentanyl border seizures increased by 134% in FY2021.
    • Now, the majority of America’s fentanyl that is flowing into our communities is being smuggled across the southern border from Mexico.
  • Border officials have estimated that nearly 400,000 illegal immigrantshave escaped into the U.S. without being caught under Biden.
  • There were 10,763 arrests of migrants with criminal convictions in FY 2021, up from 2,438 in FY 2020 and 4,269 in FY 2019.

IT’S SIMPLE: American communities are endangered as Biden’s historic border crisis allows violent criminals and dangerous fentanyl to freely flow across our borders. Border security is national security, and under Biden, we have neither.

White House Press Sec. Mocks Skyrocketing Crime Rates Caused by Democrats’ Policies: What Does That Even Mean?

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mocked Fox News’ coverage of Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies, saying, “what does that even mean,” during a recent interview.

Psaki’s comments reinforce the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats’ inability to take seriously the rising crime rates that are endangering American communities and our nation’s law enforcement.

Biden’s crime crisis is directly tied to radical Democrats’ support for the defund the police movement.

DEMOCRATS’ CRIME CRISIS:

  • Following a year of defunding the police rhetoric from President Biden and Congressional democrats, over a dozen major U.S. cities had record high homicide rates in 2021.
    • At least 16 U.S. cities have set new homicide records in 2021, according to local police departments.
    • In 2021, there were 346 officers shot, 63 of whom were killed by gunfire.
    • In 2021, there were 103 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers, a 115% increase from 2020.

DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORT DEFUNDING THE POLICE: