Devon Herrick

Posted September 22, 2015

Many generic drugs have recently shot up in price sometimes significantly and for no apparent reason. While there are numerous examples, several that are egregious comes to mind.

Posted September 08, 2015

On Labor Day,the Obama administration distributed a news release crowing about an Executive Order the president signed requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave.

Posted August 31, 2015

So-called Big Box retail stores are the dominant retail model when it comes to selling vast quantities of products at competitive prices.

Posted August 25, 2015

Yet another health insurance COOP has failed. The Louisiana Health Cooperative will close its doors at the end of the year. This comes after the colossal failure of the largest health COOP earlier in this year Iowa-based CoOportunity Health. In addition, a COOP in Vermont failed to get off the ground in 2013 and was disbanded.

Posted August 07, 2015

Policies that aim to prevent mass violence have found broad bipartisan support in Congress.

Posted July 30, 2015

When President Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, nobody realized the program would grow to its current size.

Posted July 14, 2015

Much ado has been made about Obamacares contraceptive mandate. Democrats wanted to make contraceptives more affordable by mandating health plans provide contraceptive coverage.

Posted June 27, 2015

On June 25, the Supreme Court upheld health insurance subsidies in states that rely on the federal exchange. The 6-to-3 majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. A National Journal headline proclaimed John Roberts Saves Obamacare, Again, explaining It's also the second time in three years Roberts has helped pull Obamacare back from the brink of disaster.

Posted May 02, 2015

Americans proudly support locally-owned business whenever they can.

Posted December 03, 2014

A Congressional bill introduced today in the House Ways and Means Committee would help control reported abuse from beyond the grave but first Ill explain the situation.

Posted November 21, 2014

The new Congress is expected to consider legislation to repeal some of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The tax on over-the-counter (OTC), nonprescription drugs is one they should consider repealing. Depending on your health plan and location, the tax on OTC medications essentially doubles the cost of these drugs.

Posted June 08, 2014

?Drug therapy is growing more complex and costly! So-called specialty drugs are gradually displacing traditional drugs as the primary component of drug spending. The market is expanding rapidly. Only about 10 such drugs were available 20 years ago but today there are more than 300.

Posted March 04, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a negative impact on seniors' access to care. Much of the funding for the ACA is derived by cutting $716 billion from Medicare over the next decade. One major cut includes a 25 percent fee reduction to physicians who treat Medicare enrollees.

Posted November 24, 2013

Marriage is on the decline, and some of that may be due to marriage penalties in the federal tax code and in government welfare programs.

Posted June 28, 2013

The Obama administration, health care providers, and advocates for the poor have all been touting the supposed benefits of Medicaid expansion. What is missing from the proponents’ claims of huge windfalls is a thorough discussion of the costs, obstacles, alternatives, and potential pitfalls that make Medicaid expansion a bad deal for states.

Posted June 05, 2013

Every day, millions of American consumers go shopping. In the process, they compare the prices and quality of goods and services ranging from groceries to cellular telephone service to fast food to housing. But that daily ritual changes when it comes to comparing prices for medical care — the only major sector of our economy where consumers typically do not make decisions based on comparison shopping.

Posted March 08, 2013

As drug coverage has become more common, special interests (mainly pharmacy trade groups) are pressuring lawmakers to impose self-serving regulations on health insurance drug plans.

Posted March 21, 2012

As focus turns towards the oral arguments in the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of certain provisions in the 2010 health care law, another provision in the law, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), has flown largely under the radar.