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PRESIDENT'S
 FORUM

Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price

Earlier this month, Georgia’s 6th U.S. Representative Tom Price was confirmed as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one of President Trump’s Cabinet members. On February 15, I sent an NRLN letter to Secretary Price pointing out that in 2003, the 108th Congress passed and the President signed Public Law 108-173 in December 2003. This law gave the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to set regulations for the importation prescription drugs from Canada. I urged him to exercise his authority to import safe, lower price drugs from Canada to help reduce the ever-increasing prices Americans are paying for medicines.

Last August in an NRLN arranged meeting in Conroe, TX (Houston area) with Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Chairman Brady commented that the HHS Secretary could “wave a wand” and import prescription drugs from Canada. The NRLN investigated the Chairman’s statement with his staff and learned about the legislation passed in 2003. In early September, I sent a letter to then HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging her to exercise her authority to create regulations to import prescription drugs from Canada. However, no action was taken during the closing months of the previous administration.

Wide Support for Importing Rx from Canada

In my letter to Secretary Price, I appealed to him that as a former orthopedic surgeon he could certainly understand the hardships being caused to millions of Americans by unaffordable prescription drugs. I pointed out that opinion polls have shown that a majority of Americans support the importation of safe and less expensive drugs from Canada. Also, I cited an article published in July 2015 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where more than 100 prominent oncologists called for support of a grassroots movement to stem the rapid increases of prices of cancer drugs, including by letting patients import less expensive medicines from Canada and allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies.

Canada’s Lower Drug Prices

The letter included a table showing the USA prices on 12 widely used prescription drugs compared to the price of the same prescription drug in Canada. The Canadian prices ranged from 42 percent to 61 percent lower than the prices in the USA.

American Are Subsidizing Foreign Countries

I explained the NRLN’s position that the need for importation arises in large part because U.S. drug companies sell into Canadian, European and other foreign markets where arbitrarily low pricing is set (price setting) by socialized health care systems. American drug makers should either eat all their losses or not sell at a loss in these markets. They should not, however, cross-subsidize by overpricing in America. If they can’t compete, then they should exit these markets or seek trade assistance. Overcharged Americans are subsidizing prescription drugs in socialized medicine countries. This is supporting socialized medicine in foreign countries and is feigning free market beliefs while effectively shipping purchasing power and federal tax revenue to socialized countries.

The four-page letter included information about the spending on prescription drugs in America; how much is spent by Medicare Part B and D; price increases in the U.S. on name brand drugs since 2011, and a paragraph urging Secretary Price to exert his authority to have the National Institute of Health to take action to lower prices on drugs that it had a role in developing before being turned over to a pharmaceutical company to manufacture. All of this was too detailed to include in this message

HHH Secretary Must Be Medicare’s Guardian

Toward the end of my letter, I noted that I would be remiss to the NRLN’s membership if I did not acknowledge that when Secretary Price was a Congressman, he was an advocate for Speaker Paul Ryan’s “premium support” plan which would lead to the privatization of Medicare. The NRLN believes, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported, when the “voucher” plan was first introduced in the House in 2011, turning Medicare over to private insurance plans would result in seniors paying twice as much for their care, would raise administrative costs and would not keep medical inflation as low as traditional Medicare has done.

I urged Secretary Price to be a guardian for President Trump’s pledge to protect Medicare by opposing any efforts in the House and/or Senate to change Medicare.

Three Senators Send Letter to Secretary Price

The day after my letter was sent to Secretary Price, Alyson Parker, NRLN Executive Director in Washington, DC, called to my attention that Senators Amy Klobuchar (MN), Chuck Grassley, and John McCain had sent a letter to Secretary Price on February 14 also urging him to use his statutory authority to fast track the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to help lower the cost of safe medicines for Americans.

I have sent a letter to the three Senators thanking them for sending their letter to Secretary Price. I also commended the Senators for their bills on prescription drugs that have been introduced in the Senate already this year, including, S. 92, Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2017; S. 41, Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017, and S. 124, Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act of 2017.

Opportunities to Reduce Drug Costs

We certainly have some opportunities to move forward this year to gain action to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs. When the NRLN calls on you through an Action Alert to email letters to your member of Congress and to sign a petition on the issue of prescription drugs, your support will be important.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retirees Legislative Network


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NRLN 2016 Survey Results

Between May 2 and June 5, 2016, there were 6,737 NRLN grassroots advocates who participated in all or parts of the 2016 NRLN Future Directions Survey. The data in the survey will help the NRLN and its retiree associations and chapters gain a better understanding of what is important to retirees and future retirees plus indicating whether the right priorities are set. The responses to questions where personal comments were given or personal contact information was provided are not included. Click here to view survey results.


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READ MEMBERS COMMENTS HERE

Bonnie Gatewood, Livonia, MI...Thank you and the NRLN for all the work you do to help protect pension plans for so many. Your steady watch gives us hope that what we worked long and hard for (41 years in my case) will not be taken away.

Heather Ward, Canandaigua, NY...You [NRLN President Bill Kadereit] are one of our country’s most sincere and hardest working leaders. I am so impressed that you have chosen this arduous task at this time in your life. As a recent widow of a Kodak retiree, and one who has lost ALL of her husband’s Kodak Survivor benefits due to its bankruptcy, I feel that at least someone is in my corner, fighting the good fight. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Marilyn Iverson, Woodinville, WA, US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retiree...Thank you to all of you wonderful leaders at NRLN who are keeping up with retiree issues, addressing lawmakers and others, and explaining all the nuances to the retiree body. You are appreciated so very much.

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NRLN Provides New “Report Card” Feature on Members of Congress

NRLN has introduced a “report card” for each state that shows whether the U.S. Representatives and Senators have supported bills in Congress advocated by the NRLN. Read all about it here.


IN THE NEWS...

The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues. The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from the Legislative Agenda tab.

Debunking the '20 million' ObamaCare myth
From Justin Haskins & Michael Hamilton; The Hill ~ Feb 25, 2017

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement
By Carla K. Johnson & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 25, 2017

Medicare taking Social Security numbers off cards
The Jackson Sun ~ Feb 25, 2017

Here's How Social Security Just Lost $1 Billion
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 25, 2017

Update beneficiaries to prevent future mistakes
From Andrew Hermsen; USA TODAY ~ Feb 25, 2017

You’re Overpaying for Drugs and Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You
By Jared S Hopkins; Bloomberg ~ Feb 24, 2017

The buzzword everyone can agree on in the health debate: RESTORE
From Scott Melville; The Hill ~ Feb 24, 2017

Big Pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000-a-day drugs
From Annie Waldman; United Press International ~ Feb 23, 2017

Trump Supporters Covered by Obamacare Overwhelmed by Out-of-Pocket Costs, High Deductibles
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Feb 24, 2017

Health Law Support Grows, Leaving GOP In A Bind
By Julie Rovner; WebMD ~ Feb 24, 2017

How U.S. Health Care Was Built by a Series of Accidents
By Stephen Mihm; Bloomberg ~ Feb 24, 2017

Republican Tax Plan Waiting for Trump to Decide on Policy He Obviously Doesn’t Understand
By Jonathan Chait; New York ~ Feb 24, 2017

Retirement Blame Game Shifts To Human Resources
From Robert Laura; Forbes ~ Feb 24, 2017

A Billion Dollar Tweak For Saving Social Security
By Robert White; FedSmith ~ Feb 24, 2017

Avaya suspends supplemental pension benefit payments By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 23, 2017

Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Feb 23, 2017

John Boehner says swift Obamacare repeal, replace is just ‘happy talk’
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ Feb 23, 2017

Why living longer should not lead to retirement benefit cuts
By Mark Miller; StreetInsider ~ Feb 23, 2017

Drug Executive Calls On Trump To Lead Industry Price Reform
From Bloomberg News; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Feb 23, 2017

Healing the ACA and lowering costs
From Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.); The Hill ~ Feb 23, 2017

Why the window to accomplish tax reform may be closing
By Jennifer Rubin; The Washington Post ~ Feb 23, 2017

Pension Funds Hope to Close the Gap Through Trump Tax Policies
By Vipal Monga & Heather Gillers; The Wall Street Journal ~ Feb 23, 2017

When it comes to Social Security, younger Americans may know best
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Feb 23, 2017

Senior Specials: 14 States With Retirement Income Tax Breaks
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Feb 23, 2017

America's retirees worked hard. Washington must protect them.
From James Casey; The Hill ~ Feb 23, 2017

White House Signals Own Path on Health Care
By John T. Bennett; Roll Call ~ Feb 22, 2017

House, Justice Department ask for delay in ObamaCare lawsuit
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 21, 2017

Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits: A Look At What’s At Risk In GOP Overhaul
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 21, 2017

Tear Down Health Care Walls
From Robert F. Graboyes ; US News & World Report ~ Feb 21, 2017

Medicare’s Uncertain Future
By Mark Miller; Wealth Management ~ Feb 21, 2017

Top lawmakers from both parties: 'Vaccines save lives'
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 21, 2017

Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs
By Rachel Roubein & Casey Harper; The Hill ~ Feb 21, 2017

Melnick: Demand more of your financial adviser
By Stephanie L. Melnick P; USA TODAY ~ Feb 20, 2017

Drug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives
From Suzanne Robotti; The Hill ~ Feb 19, 2017

Understanding Your Tax Forms 2017: Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Feb 19, 2017

How to Make Your Money Last as Long as You Do
By Mark Miller; The New York Times ~ Feb 18, 2017

Taxation Of Social Security And SSDI Payments
From “MoneyTips”; The Huffington Post ~ Feb 17, 2017

House Republicans’ plans to repeal Obamacare worries health insurers
By Anna Wilde Mathews; MarketWatch ~ Feb 18, 2017

The role of the individual and taking control of their own healthcare
By Shawn Jenkins; The Hill ~ Feb 18, 2017

Ask Ken: Talking to parents about their finances
By Ken King; USA TODAY ~ Feb 18, 2017

McConnell intends to replace 'Obamacare' without Democrats
By Erica Werner; The Associated Press ~ Feb 17, 2017

If the Affordable Care Act may be repealed, can I ignore the tax penalty?
By Michelle Andrews; The Washington Post ~ Feb 17, 2017

UnitedHealth sued by U.S. government over Medicare charges
By Akankshita Mukhopadhyay; Reuters ~ Feb 17, 2017

How to Fill Out Your Tax Return Like a Pro
By Jan M. Rosen; The New York Times ~ Feb 17, 2017

What Is the capital loss deduction?
By Dan Caplinger, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Feb 17, 2017

Why Older People Are Vulnerable to Fraud, and How to Protect Them
York Times ~ Feb 17, 2017

2 quick fixes to ObamaCare Congress can put into place now
From Joel Zinberg; The Hill ~ Feb 16, 2017

Trump, Republicans set timeframe for introducing Obamacare replacement
By Richard Cowan & David Morgan; Reuters ~ Feb 16, 2017

What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash
By Haley Sweetland Edwards; TIME ~ Jan 26, 2017

Major Change To Employer-Based Insurance On The Table In O'Care Repeal
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 16, 2017

Merck to halt study of mild to moderate Alzheimer's drug
By Akankshita Mukhopadhyay; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2017

Physician Services to Decline With More Cost-Sharing, CMS Says
By Alicia Ault; Medscape ~ Feb 15, 2017

US report: Trend of rising health care spending back to stay
The Associated Press ~ Feb 15, 2017

Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Feb 15, 2017

New Rules Try To Shore Up Individual Health Insurance Market In 2018
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 15, 2017

IRS won't withhold tax refunds if Americans ignore ACA insurance requirement
By Amy Goldstein; The Washington Post ~ Feb 15, 2017

Trump Points to Humana Exit From Obamacare as Sign of Failure
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Feb 15, 2017

Cash Is King: 3 Ways To Manage It The Right Way
From Peter Lazaroff; Forbes ~ Feb 15, 2017

Choosing A Health Care Proxy When You're An 'Elder Orphan'
From Carol Marak, NA; Forbes ~ Feb 15, 2017

Economic Freedom in the United States Hits Record Low in 2017
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Feb 15, 2017

IRS impostor scam robs elderly Americans of life savings
By Jennifer C. Kerr; The Associated Press ~ Feb 15, 2017

GOP back to open combat over Obamacare
By Burgess Everett & Rachael Bade; Politico ~ Feb 14, 2017

Obamacare takes big hit as major insurer pulls out
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 14, 2017

Insurers Pushing Trump Admin To Keep Obamacare Individual Mandate, Subsidies
By Sarah Hurtubise; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 14, 2017

Reduce drug prices by eliminating PBM rebates
From Robert Goldberg; The Hill ~ Feb 14, 2017

U.S. insurers sense opportunity in unwanted pension plans
By Suzanne Barlyn; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2017

Republicans still want IRS chief's head
By Nicole Duran; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 13, 2017

Republicans May Want To Erase Health Law But First They Have To Save It From Collapsing
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 13, 2017

GOP Doctors Caucus gains clout with Republican rise
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 13, 2017

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans' Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs
By Benedict Carey; The New York Times ~ Feb 13, 2017

Social Security Begins to Increase the Retirement Age
By Emily Brandon; US News & World Report ~ Feb 13, 2017

GOP dilemma on health law taxes: To repeal or not to repeal?
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Feb 11, 2017

GOP fights ObamaCare PR war
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 11, 2017

Color of Money: Don't pay for an advance on a tax refund
From Michelle Singletary; Reading Eagle ~ Feb 12, 2017

How To Turn Your Finances Over To Someone Else, Part 1
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2017

The stealth Republican force behind Obamacare repeal
By Burgess Everett & Jennifer Haberkorn; Politico ~ Feb 11, 2017

Grassley Launches Inquiry Into Orphan Drugs After KHN Investigation
By Sarah Jane Tribble; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 10, 2017

Marathon Pharmaceuticals to charge $89,000 for muscular dystrophy drug after 70-fold increase
Fox News from Wall Street Journal – Feb 11, 2017

Retirement Advice in the Trump Era
By The Editorial Board; The New York Times ~ Feb 11, 2017

Tom Price Is Confirmed as Health Secretary
By Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times – Feb 10, 2017

Insurer Scores A $200M Court Win After GOP Move To Block O'Care Payments
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 10, 2017

How to Fix (or Wreck) Obamacare: Advice for Tom Price
By Reed Abelson & Margot Sanger-Katz ; The New York Times ~ Feb 10, 2017

Should You Retire On Your House?
From Olivia Mitchell; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2017

Republicans Have Plenty Of Ideas For Replacing Health Law — But None They Can Agree On
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 09, 2017

Trump administration strips down Obamacare website
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 09, 2017

NCPA Responds to PBM Efforts to Limit Potential Reforms
PRESS RELEASE; Pharmacy Times ~ Feb 09, 2017

Retires' Incomes Rising, Dependence on Social Security Benefits Lower
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2017

Trump Can’t Stop the Retirement Revolution
By Ben Steverman; Bloomberg ~ Feb 09, 2017

Will Trump shift on entitlements?
By Sylvan Lane, The Hill – Feb 9, 2017

Leftist Activists Target GOP Members of Congress
By Martin Walsh; LifeZette ~ Feb 08, 2017

Conservatives Urge Speed Up Of Health Law Repeal, Dismiss Calls For Caution
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 08, 2017

Trump administration weighs health insurance 'stabilization'
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 08, 2017

Key conservative open to insurer payments during ObamaCare transition
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2017

Big Pharma’s Offer to Trump: Discounts When Drugs Don’t Work
By Jared S Hopkins, Robert Langreth, and James Paton, Bloomberg – Feb. 6, 2017

Big Pharma Is Pointing Fingers, and Hoping Trump Will Listen
By Zachary Tracer, Robert Langreth, & Anna Edney; Bloomberg ~ Feb 08, 2017

Why You Should Get Around to Drawing Up a Will
By Ann Carrns; The New York Times ~ Feb 08, 2017

GOP talking security for ObamaCare protests: report
By Mark Hensch; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2017

House GOP lawmakers face tough questions on health care
The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2017

U.S. House speaker: Obamacare replacement law to pass this year
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Feb 07, 2017

Trump administration weighs Obamacare changes sought by insurers
By Dan Diamond, Jennifer Haberkorn & Paul Demko; Politico ~ Feb 06, 2017

Tuning up access, attitudes, and models of care for individuals with dementia
From Emily Rogalski; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2017

Trump Sinks Drug Stocks Again on Medicare Drug Price Negotiation
By Cécile Daurat & Toluse Olorunnipa; Bloomberg ~ Feb 07, 2017

Social Security Can't Even Get Its FAQs Right
From Laurence Kotlikoff; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2017

Express Scripts says branded drug prices rose nearly 11% last year
By Jacob Bell; BioPharma Dive ~ Feb 06, 2017

Trump Acknowledges That The 'Replacement' Of Obamacare Will Span Years
From Dan Munro; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2017

Making Sure Our Longer Lives Are Healthy Ones
By June Simmons, NA; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2017

You might need nearly $350,000 to pay for health-care costs in retirement
By Robert Powell; MarketWatch ~ Feb 06, 2017

Four Pillars: Reimagining Long-Term Services and Supports
By Connie Garner & Rodney L. Whitlock; Morning Consult ~ Feb 06, 2017

Social Security waits anxiously for Trump to nominate commissioner
By John Fritze, Baltimore Sun – Feb 5, 2017

Financial adviser or financial planner: What's the difference?
By Clark Randall; USA TODAY ~ Feb 05, 2017

10 tax forms you need to know before you file
By Tina Orem, NerdWallet; USA TODAY ~ Feb 03, 2017

No one wants to save the Obamacare mandate
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2017

How stricter rules for brokers will affect retirement savers
By Marcy Gordon; The Associated Press ~ Feb 04, 2017

Where is Esurance Beatrice When You Need Her?
By Brenton Smith, FedSmith Jan 31, 2017

COMMENTARY: Solution to Social Security isn't found in new system
By Brenton Smith, Greenville Online - Feb 2, 2017

'Obamacare' sign-ups show slippage in preliminary report
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 03, 2017

Rep. Jordan: Obamacare Not Worth Repairing
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Morning Consult ~ Feb 03, 2017

Employers Fret Job-Based Coverage Vulnerable To Fallout From GOP Health Overhaul
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 03, 2017

Trump, The Fiduciary Rule And Your IRA
From Adam Bergman; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2017

Congress can finally reform Social Security. In fact, there's no choice.
From Adam Brandon; The Hill ~ Feb 03, 2017

This Big Pharma CEO Thinks Trump’s Drug Pricing Threats Are All Bark and No Bite
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Feb 02, 2017

Initial Health Care Relief Measures Put Patients First and Help Stabilize Markets
By Larry Bucshon, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Flores & Greg Walden; Morning Consult ~ Feb 02, 2017

Sticking with one doctor may help keep seniors out of the hospital
From HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Feb 02, 2017

House considers elements of ObamaCare replacement
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 02, 2017

Enough About the Wall. What About My Retirement?
By Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Feb 02, 2017

House votes to undo Obama administration's social security gun rule
By David Sherfinski; The Washington Times ~ Feb 02, 2017

Terminally Ill Applaud Trump’s Pledge to Change FDA Rules
By Mary Lou Lang-Byrd; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Feb 01, 2017

Manufacturing CEO Says Obamacare Costs Negatively Impacted Jobs, Investment, Product Development
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Feb 01, 2017

Overnight Healthcare: GOP talk shifts from replacing ObamaCare to repairing it | HHS pick advances after rules change
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2017

A Third of Americans Are Still Struggling to Find Affordable Healthcare
By Katherine Greifeld; Bloomberg ~ Feb 01, 2017

Insurers shrink from exchanges as lawmakers mull changes
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Feb 01, 2017

Hate high drug prices? Blame greedy companies and our politicians
From Dr. Hagop M. Kantarjian & Michael A. Carrier; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2017

Demand For Popular Short-Term Insurance Plans Could Surge If Health Law Is Relaxed
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 31, 2017

Police arrest dozens of 'Obamacare' supporters at U.S. Capitol protest
By Doug G. Ware; United Press International ~ Jan 31, 2017

Trump tells drug companies to 'get prices down'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2017

Big Pharma CEOs Met With Trump But They Won’t Give In to His Demands
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jan 31, 2017

This May Be The Last Year You Get A Charitable Tax Deduction
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2017

Bet on a tax cut, not tax reform
By Howard Gleckman; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2017

When To Expect Your W-2, 1099 & More Tax Forms In 2017 (And What To Do If They're Missing)
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2017

Republicans To Begin Tackling Pre-Existing Conditions, Medicaid With Hearings This Week
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 30, 2017

Most Americans Don't Support Immediate Repeal Of Affordable Care Act
From Kate Ashford; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2017

IRS Form 1099 Or Form W-2?\
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2017

David Asman: Your Social Security checks aren't safe from the prying hands of big government
By David Asman; Fox News ~ Jan 30, 2017

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain
By Lindsey Tanner; The Associated Press ~ Jan 30, 2017

Liz Weston: How to help your parents protect their money
By Liz Weston, NW; The Associated Press ~ Jan 30, 2017

ObamaCare anxiety grows for insurers
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 29, 2017

As GOP Backs Off ACA Repeal, Obama's Medicare Reforms Remain
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 29, 2017

This Pharma Giant Just Pulled Back the Curtain On Its Drug Price Hikes
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jan 29, 2017

A Housing Crisis for Seniors
By Allison Arieff; The New York Times ~ Jan 28, 2017

Eight Things About Replacing Obamacare That Were Confirmed At The GOP Philly Retreat
From John Osborn; Forbes ~ Jan 28, 2017

Privatizing Medicare would be irresponsible
By Robert A. Freeman, Baltimore Sun – Jan 24, 2017

Trump administration backtracks part way on ACA enrollment outreach
By Amy Goldstein; The Washington Post ~ Jan 28, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fights to Stay Alive Under Trump
By Suzanne O'Halloran; Fox Business ~ Jan 27, 2017

Tom Price Cracks the Drug-Price Negotiation Door
By Max Nisen, Bloomberg – Jan 26, 2017

Trump's Crusade on Drug Pricing Puts Both Parties on the Spot
By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg – Jan 27, 2017

In unprecedented move, pension plan cuts benefits promised to retirees
By Jonnelle Marte; The Washington Post ~ Jan 27, 2017

HealthCare.gov sends Obamacare enrollment message after Trump clamp down
By Rachana Pradhan; Politico ~ Jan 27, 2017

AP-NORC Poll: Broad worries about potential health care loss
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Emily Swanson; The Associated Press ~ Jan 27, 2017

Insurers warn: We're outta here with no Obamacare replacement
By Tami Luhby; CNNMoney ~ Jan 27, 2017

4 tax mistakes that could lead to an audit
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Jan 27, 2017

Missing An IRS Form 1099? Why Not To Request It
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2017

Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music: The Cat May Flee the Room
By Joanne Kaufman; The New York Times ~ Jan 27, 2017

Is Social Security Safe Under Trump Nominee Mulvaney?
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Jan 25, 2017

Doctors In The Soon-To-Be Obamacare Past And The Trumpcare Future
From Marc Siegel; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2017

Republicans Have Seven Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 26, 2017

GOP chairman to introduce pre-existing conditions bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 26, 2017


By Paul Demko; Politico ~ Jan 26, 2017

Drug pricing needs transparency, physicians say
By Troy Parks; AMA Wire ~ Jan 26, 2017

McConnell: "ObamaCare status quo is completely unsustainable"
By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air ~ Jan 26, 2017

That call from an unlisted number? Might be a collections rep for IRS
By Roger Yu; USA TODAY ~ Jan 26, 2017

Federal agency website still praises Obamacare
By Tami Luhby; CNNMoney ~ Jan 26, 2017

Exclusive: Led by Republican Study Committee, 50 House GOPers tell Trump to fire IRS chief
By Philip Wegmann; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 26, 2017

House Republicans target problems with Obamacare mandate
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 24, 2017

Health insurers quietly shape Obamacare replacement with fewer risks
By Caroline Humer & Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jan 25, 2017

Americans Experience Personally ObamaCare's Broken Promises
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Jan 25, 2017

Trump's health nominee says has no plans to privatize Medicare
By Toni Clarke & Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jan 24, 2017

Trump pick for budget director backs Medicare changes, promises debt cuts
By Mary Troyan; USA TODAY ~ Jan 24, 2017

2016 FDA drug approval numbers - what can Trump conclude?
From Joseph Gulfo; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2017

The workforce shortage has reached long-term care. We should act
From Robert Espinoza ; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2017

7 Decisions That Can Lead You To Financial Misery
From Michael F. Kay; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2017

Trump Signs Executive Order To Roll Back Obamacare
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2017

Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel Obama health law
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 23, 2017

Health Law Coverage Has Helped Many Chronically Ill — But Has Still Left Gaps
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 23, 2017

Possible GOP replacement plan would let states keep ACA coverage
By Doug G. Ware; United Press International ~ Jan 23, 2017

Seniors Welcome New, Battery-Powered Friends
By Constance Gustke; The New York Times ~ Jan 20, 2017

2017 Tax Guide: Phaseouts Keyed To AGI And Modified AGI
From William Baldwin; Forbes ~ Jan 23, 2017

Trump and Obamacare: Where we go from here
By Tami Luhby, Money.CNN - Jan 22, 2017

Here's what Trump's executive order really means for Obamacare
By Noam N. Levey, Los Angles Times - Jan 21, 2017

In Inaugural Speech, Trump Silent on Health Care
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Morning Consult ~ Jan 20, 2017

Financial industry expects quick action from Donald Trump to delay DOL fiduciary rule
Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 20, 2017

Avaya files for chapter 11 bankruptcy
By Alex Scroxton; ComputerWeekly ~ Jan 19, 2017

Six U.S. Senators Confronting Trump’s HHS Cabinet Pick Own Health Care Stocks, Too
By Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 19, 2017

GOP senator: Let's work with Dems to 'fix' ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 19, 2017

CUTTING MEDICARE'S IN-OFFICE DRUG SPENDING: IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...
By Mindy Yochelson; Bloomberg ~ Jan 19, 2017

Trump's right about drug prices: Our view
By Editorial Board, USA Today - Jan 16, 2017

Tom Price: GOP goal not to take insurance away from Americans
By Andrew V. Pestano; United Press International ~ Jan 18, 2017

The Trumpcare Conundrum
By Ronald Brownstein; The Atlantic ~ Jan 18, 2017

Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare
By Elizabeth Harrington; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 18, 2017

Has Social Security Been Shortchanging Seniors on Annual Benefit Increases?
By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool - Jan 16, 2017

Health savings accounts front and center amid Obamacare repeal efforts
By Jeff Benjamin; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 17, 2017

Column: How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim
By David Lazarus; Los Angeles Times ~ Jan 17, 2017

Drugmakers Manipulate Orphan Drug Rules To Create Prized Monopolies
By Sarah Jane Tribble & Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 17, 2017

Trump promises healthcare plan will offer ‘insurance for everybody'
By Cyra Master; The Hill ~ Jan 156, 2017

House Chair: Obamacare Subsidies Must Continue To Avoid Collapse Amid Repeal
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 16, 2017

Taxpayers Off The Hook With Trump's Infrastructure Plan
By Julia Limitone; Fox Business ~ Jan 16, 2017

Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Jan 15, 2017

Republican senator to propose eliminating mandates in Obamacare bill
By Caren Bohan; Reuters ~ Jan 15, 2017

Entitlement Programs Gained Tens of Thousands of Beneficiaries During Obama Administration
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 15, 2017

50 ways to give your finances a fresh start in 2017
From Credit.com; USA TODAY ~ Jan 15, 2017

GOP: Obamacare takes 'emotional toll' on Americans
By Anna Giaritelli; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 14, 2017

The Remodeling Of America: What Baby Boomers And Seniors Need To Know
By Robert Laura; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2017

What Health Policy Experts Think Of A Key GOPer’s Vision For O'Care Transition
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 13, 2017

House takes first step to repeal ObamaCare
By Cristina Marcos; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2017

The Forbes 2017 Tax Guide
By Janet Novack; Forbes ~ Jan 13, 2017

Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 13, 2017

Pharma company executives debate drug pricing increases
By Deena Beasley; Business Insider ~ Jan 13, 2017

CBO: Share Of Working Americans Will Continue To Decline Over Next 30 Years
By Caroline May; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 13, 2017

Delay the Fiduciary Rule: The government shouldn’t decide how taxpayers save for retirement
From Steve DeMaura; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2017

DOL Releases Second Batch Of Fiduciary Rule FAQs
By Ryan Neal; Wealth Management ~ Jan 13, 2017

Progressives Outraged Over Booker, Democrats’ Vote on Prescription Drugs From Canada
By Andrew Breiner, Roll Call - Jan 12, 2017

ACA repeal: Why healthcare lobbies are unusually quiet as Congress acts
By Ilene MacDonald; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 12, 2017

House Dems Seek to Slow Obamacare Repeal
By Bill McMorris; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 12, 2017

Senate Adopts Budget Opening Door for Obamacare Repeal
By Jennifer Shutt & Ryan Mccrimmon; Roll Call ~ Jan 12, 2017

Trump says drug industry 'getting away with murder'
By Sarah Karlin-Smith, Politico - Jan 11, 2017

Trump Says ACA Repeal and Replace Could Come Within Same Hour
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Morning Consult ~ Jan 11, 2017

Drug Stocks Plunge as Trump Threatens to Force Price Bidding
By Zachary Tracer and Anna Edney, Bloomberg News - Jan 11, 2017

Trump says pharma 'getting away with murder,' stocks slide
By Caroline Humer & Rodrigo Campos; Reuters ~ Jan 11, 2017

Multiemployer Pension Plans In Crisis: Troubled Plans Need Public Resources To Survive
From Olivia Mitchell; Forbes ~ Jan 11, 2017

Social Security will cut paper statements — again
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Jan 11, 2017

We Don't Have to Be Broke in Retirement
From Barry Ritholtz; Bloomberg ~ Jan 11, 201

Chamber of Commerce: Obamacare Insurance Tax Will Cause More Premium Hikes

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 10, 2017

Republicans scramble to ease concerns about Obamacare replacement
By Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell & Amy Goldstein; The Washington Post ~ Jan 10, 2017

The 'preexisting conditions' puzzle — If GOP gets trapped, ObamaCare reform will fail
From Michael Tanner; The Hill ~ Jan 10, 2017

Don’t Let the “Uninsured 20 Million” Statistic Fool You
By Twila Brase; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 09, 2017

Taxpayer Advocate Urges Congress To Reform The IRS And Overhaul The Tax Code
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2017

Republicans' Big Dilemma On Obamacare: Do We Repeal The Taxes?
By Lauren Fox; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 10, 2017

Column: Squeezed by congressional skinflints, Social Security axes more services
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Jan 10, 2017

US warns of unusual cybersecurity flaw in heart devices
By Tami Abdollah & Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Jan 10, 2017

Why You Should Be Wary of Junk Bonds
By John Coumarianos; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jan 09, 2017

How the tables are turning on Obamacare
By MJ Lee, CNN ~ Jan 09, 2017

Failing Multi-Employer Pension "Rehabilitation Plans" Don't Address Mismanagement of Investments
From Edward Siedle; Forbes ~ Jan 09, 2017

Obama health care legacy: Coverage, conflict, and questions
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 08, 2017

Priebus: Trump Won't 'Meddle' with Medicare or Social Security
By Jim Swift; The Weekly Standard ~ Jan 08, 2017

Republicans must keep their promise on Medicare funding
From Darren Bearson; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2017

The Shocking Reason Why 173,000 People Had Their Social Security Checks Reduced in 2015
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 08, 2017

Obama: ‘If It Works, I’m For’ Repealing Obamacare [VIDEO]
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 06, 2017

Obama says Sanders' supporters helped undermine Obamacare
By Roberta Rampton; Reuters ~ Jan 06, 2017

Avoid the 8 Most Common Tax Mistakes
By “Motley Fool”; Nasdaq ~ Jan 07, 2017

Rand Paul: Trump Backs Plan To Repeal, Replace Obamacare Simultaneously
By Allegra Kirkland; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 07, 2017

Kaiser poll: 75% say Congress shouldn’t repeal or ObamaCare or should wait until there’s a replacement ready
By “Allahpundit”; Hot Air ~ Jan 06, 2017

Opinion: 5 health-conscious ways to repeal Obamacare
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth; MarketWatch ~ Jan 06, 2017

Fact check: Nancy Pelosi stretches ACA claims
By Lori Robertson; USA TODAY ~ Jan 06, 2017

IRS prioritized Obamacare over taxpayer customer service, IG report says
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Jan 05, 2017

GOP Lawmaker Pushes for Legislative Delay of Fiduciary Rule
By Ryan Rainey; Morning Consult ~ Jan 06, 2017

U.S. spending more on specialty drugs via Medicare
By Michelle Hackman, Market Watch - Jan 5, 2017

Why Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces won’t necessarily collapse with a repeal
By Carolyn Y. Johnson; The Washington Post ~ Jan 05, 2017  

BREAKING: Senate Dems Attacking Trump’s HHS Nominee Also Own Health Care Stocks
By Richard Pollock; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 05, 2017    

Another ObamaCare Promise Bites The Dust
Editorial; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Jan 05, 2017    

IRS beefs up security for tax season launch
By Michael Cohn; Accounting Today ~  Jan 05, 2017    

GOP wins first Obamacare fight in Senate budget vote
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Jan 04, 2017  

Obama to Democrats: 'Don't rescue' GOP on 'Trumpcare'
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Jan 04, 2017

Battle lines drawn on ObamaCare repeal
By Peter Sullivan & Jordain Carney ; The Hill ~ Jan 04, 2017

Obama tries to rally Hill Democrats amid 'bittersweet' goodbye
By Heather Caygle; Politico ~ Jan 04, 2017  

Why 'Father of the 401(k)' regrets pushing the retirement plan
By Steven Porter; The Christian Science Monitor ~  Jan 04, 2017  

A Little Optimism on the Future of Retirement
By Ramesh Ponnuru; Bloomberg ~ Jan 04, 2017  

IRS Forms 1099 Are Coming, Packing A Tax Punch
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 04, 2017  

House passes rules aimed at preventing lawmaker protests
By Cristina Marcos, The Hill - Jan 3, 2017

Conway: 'Pieces' of Obamacare replacement are ready
By Kyle Feldscher; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 03, 2017  

Senate turns toward ObamaCare repeal
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2017  

New drug approvals fall to six-year low in 2016
By Ben Hirschler; Reuters ~ Jan 02, 2017  

Pence to huddle with House GOP on ObamaCare
By Melanie Zanona; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2017  

Democrats extol health care law in bid to derail GOP repeal
By Richard Lardner; The Associated Press ~ Jan 02, 2017    

Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 02, 2017  

American Pharmaceuticals Keep Getting More Expensive, And Drug Market Transparency Isn’t Likely
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 01, 2017  

4 Steps To Improving Your Finances In 2017
From Peter Lazaroff; Forbes ~ Jan 02, 2017  

10 Ways to Fend Off Medicare Surtaxes and Social Security Givebacks
From William Baldwin; Forbes ~ Jan 01, 2017

Q&A: The GOP's path to repealing health care law
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jan 01, 2017  

House, Senate headed for clash on Medicare
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Jan 01, 2017  

Powerful lobbyists swoop in to save sacred tax break
By Lorraine Woellert; Politico ~ Dec 31, 2016

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