Lots of talk is tossed around Congress about health care. The topics stretch from ObamaCare and insurance to basic health care needs. Opioid actions have been taken and President Trump says he’s going to work on lowering the price of prescriptions. That hasn’t happened but he is talking about doing something.
Once in awhile Congress takes action.
Last week the president signed a right to try bill into law. It allows terminally ill patients to access experimental medical treatments that haven’t yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have hope, and the fighting chance, and I think it's going to better than a chance, that they will be cured, they will be helped, and be able to be with their families for a long time, or maybe just for a longer time,” Trump said when he signed the bill into law.
Health groups oppose the bill and their arguments are that the right to try bill will put more people in danger and give them false hope.
Other opposition — no surprise — comes from Democrats. Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey is the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That’s where the bill was generated. He said, “FDA oversight of access to experimental treatments exists for a reason — it protects patients from potential snake oil salesmen or from experimental treatments that might do more harm than good.”
Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon disagrees. He said it gives new treatment options for people who’ve tried everything else. “While a long time coming, today is a monumental win for patients desperately seeking the ‘right to try’ investigational treatments and therapies,” he said.
On another front, Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy said he’s going to introduce transparency legislation that will let patients go price shopping before doing a procedure. Putting it this way to Fox News Radio, Cassidy said, “if somebody gets an X-ray order for their child's belly, they will know the cost of that before they go in to get it done and they can price shop.”
By the way, Cassidy is a doctor and is one of the leaders to sought to repeal and replace ObamaCare in Trump’s first year in office. And like the president, Cassidy wants drug price changes
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