American ingenuity and free markets can solve the problem of rising drug prices… if we allow it.

A couple of major threats to the health of the prescription drug supply chain are finally getting some long overdue attention.

  1. We are over-reliant on foreign production.

More than 90 percent of our prescription drugs are either manufactured in China or contain key ingredients that come from China, and China isn’t our best friend. Drugs on this Chinese-sourced list include antibiotics, birth control pills, cancer treatments, anti-depressants, statins (for high cholesterol), and HIV/AIDS drugs.

Why in the world are we outsourcing this mission-critical aspect of American medicine to countries hostile to our nation? (Not to mention the fact that countries like China are stoking the opioid epidemic by exporting deadly illicit Fentanyl to our shores).

Steve Jobs famously took the Obama administration to task over the main reason Apple had 700,000 factory workers employed in China, instead of the U.S:  D.C. is not business-friendly and it is impossible to build a factory in the United States due to regulations and unnecessary costs.

https://www.businessinsider.com/president-obamas-lack-of-resolve-frustrated-steve-jobs-2011-10

Unfortunately instead of cutting the red tape, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and colleagues are proposing exactly the wrong solution to bringing drug production back to the US of A. Instead of unleashing the market forces that built America into the #1 economy in the world, Warren hopes to import the same policies that sank behemoths like the U.S.S.R. and helped ignite the dumpster fires consuming Venezuela and Cuba: nationalized takeover of production.

Even the most profitable industries are not immune to the destruction that government-run production can bring. Case and point: Nationalization has driven Venezuela from oil powerhouse into the poorhouse:

So let’s look for proven solutions instead of dooming the drug industry to a fate of greater drug shortages, stagnation, and even higher prices.

Yes, there is already a sea of red tape and failed policies standing between American patients and inexpensive drugs. Thankfully, unlike Senator Warren, the Trump administration’s FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb MD and HHS Secretary Alex Azar seem truly interested in getting to work cutting through it by unleashing competition not warmed over communism.

Which brings us to the second major threat to the supply chain that is getting some overdue sunshine:

2) Kickbacks to Group Purchasing Organization and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Middlemen.

According to nomiddlemen.org:

GPOs and PBMs are perpetrating “a dangerous and unethical game of ‘pay-to-play.’ It’s the dirty little secret behind the outrageous cost of medications and the shortages of many drug and medical supplies. Unfortunately, a law was passed that allows these medical market “middlemen” to accept kickback payments from drug and medical supply companies in exchange for exclusive sales contracts! It created a government-sanctioned system of racketeering that would be illegal in any other industry.

 

The FDA along with HHS have signaled a willingness to end the kickbacks. And since the beginning of 2019 Senator Susan Collins and the new Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley have also stated they are going to take a close look at these shameful business practices

https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/senator-collins-urges-administration-prioritize-reducing-drug-prices

https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/commentary/grassley-top-priority-reducing-health-care-costs

Bottom line? American ingenuity can solve the problem of rising drug prices. If we will let it.

ACA: rewarding big corporates, punishing American doctors and patients

Guest post from Dr. Gina Reghetti:

I believe that our so-called medical peers which force that doctors re-certify will soon be failing us all due to the doctors’ refusal to practice medicine under the new ACA standards that aren’t about quality care for patients but more so about rationed care.

The boards will test us on ACA’s & Insurance Corporates’ standards which have nothing to do with medicine, only their profitable agendas. If we fail to adopt and go along with their ways then they will just not pass anyone. The control now lies all in the hands of the Enforcers. Continue reading

Alinsky’s 8 Rules

Jack Iannantuono writes in:

Saul Alinsky died about 42 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today.

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Education: University of Chicago
Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books.

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn’t happening today in the U.S.?

All eight rules are currently in play.

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

“There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.”

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?

Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin’s original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as “Useful Idiots.” The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S .

Listen to Obama’s State of the Union and see how many “rules” are in play.

Obama’s Care vs Obamacare

Friday afternoon, it was reported through the media that Pres. Obama was seen at Walter Reed Hospital health system for sore throat complaint for two weeks. Interestingly enough, despite advocating for, lying about, and forcing Obamacare ACA, so called healthcare reform on our nation, he continues to have private “Cadillac plan” health insurance completely paid for by taxpayers. As per the reports, within a half hour timeframe, he had a consultation and multiple tests. He was said to have an ENT specialist consultation($300), nasolaryngoscopy($300), and a neck CT scan($800). All this resulted in a diagnosis of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Let’s break this work down as if he had Obamacare ACA compliant, high cost, high deductible insurance. Since he would have Obamacare, chances are he couldn’t keep his regular doctor as they use narrow networks for cost control. After he found another doctor that was in his insurance network and compliant with the plan, he could get an appointment with his family physician or internal medicine physician within a couple of weeks. With Obamacare compliant plans, they act like managed care HMOs and require a primary care visit prior to specialist referrals. Pres. Obama’s direct access to a specialist ENT physician, would have been uncovered and out of the question. Because it was a symptom or disease based complaint visit, it would have been applied to his deductible and he would have had to pay.

Further, he had a nasal laryngoscopy procedure in the office at the same time. With Obamacare compliant plans, it would not have been able to be done the same visit as they require precertification; an insurance mandated procedure where the primary care physician must follow an appeal process to get insurance to consider coverage. A follow-up visit would then be required to do the procedure and billed for another consultation.

Furthermore, the president had a neck CT scan which is an expensive high-tech procedure using radiation to form images and read by a radiologist. This procedure also would not have been immediately covered by Obamacare compliant plans, and would have required precertification and would have been subject to a large deductible.

Last of all, all the care and expensive special studies would have been applied to his deductible. Pres. Obama would have received a bill for as much as $1,400 for the overblown and overpriced work up. Then the phone call complaints to his insurance company, doctors, and Congress people would begin.

All in all, the president’s specialist consult and two expensive high-tech procedures would likely not have been done for paid for if he had Obamacare compliant health insurance. Like the rest of us, he would have likely waited to see his primary care physician till an appointment was available for someone with his Obamacare compliant health insurance. His eight minute exam yielding the same diagnosis of GERD would have resulted in his doctor giving lifestyle advice like quitting his smoking addiction and his use of coffee and other acid provoking habits. Perhaps, he may have also been given a trial of an acid reducing medicine as he likely was after his expensive and Obamacare uncompensated work up.

It is time that the citizens of our country stop allowing the elected and appointed leadership to act like royalty with different laws and benefits applying to them exclusively at the burden of the taxpaying public. Obamacare ACA must be completely repealed in the new year by the new Congress the people elected to do so. Then, and only then, can all parties including physicians and patients this time, come to the table to provide free market competitive healthcare options that patients can freely choose of their own accord, with their own value systems, and directly pay for accordingly.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
http://wgls.rowan.edu/?feed=YOUR_HEALTH_MATTERS
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI
IP4PI.wordpress.com

Pres. Obama sore throat cost more than $1000?

President Obama’s sore throat
$300 ENT OV
$300 nasolaryngoscopy
$800 neck CT
No HMO #Medicaid #Obamacare here!
Did his CT need precertification?
Is the IRS taxing his Cadillac insurance plan?
Anyone else only gets $99 office visit.
Dx: Acid reflux – GERD
#DontSmoke
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/06/obamas-been-complaining-of-a-sore-throat-his-doctor-just-revealed-whats-causing-it/

Our duty as citizens, taxpayers and physicians

It was ultimately irresponsible of our Congress Democrats and president Obama and his entire administration to enact a flagrantly complex socialist and crony capitalist Obamacare law against the will of the American people and its physicians.

It is our duty as citizens, taxpayers and physicians to resist its implementation until it can be completely repealed en masse. Competitive free market healthcare HealthFreedom will fill the void with success.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO

ACA Obamacare Modus Operandi

New McKinsey Survey: 74% Of Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Previously Insured @Avik @Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/05/10/new-mckinsey-survey-74-of-obamacare-sign-ups-were-previously-insured/

More Obama Pelosi Reid lies from the Socialist Democrat party. Apparently the plan is throw everybody off their employer-sponsored health insurance and force them by law, enforced by the IRS, to buy for profit more expensive insurance plans by government, so-called standards. And, as a side benefit, get many new insureds on the Obamacare Medicaid Plans to vote Democrat the rest of their lives. They say there’s something rotten in Denmark; try Washington!

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
http://wgls.rowan.edu/?feed=YOUR_HEALTH_MATTERS
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI
IP4PI.wordpress.com