Watchdog Corrects Record After Former President Obama’s Stimulus Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) criticized former President Barack Obama for taking credit for current economic growth. In a February 17th tweet, the 44th President claimed that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly known as the “stimulus package”) was successful in “paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.” Taking to Twitter the same day to contrast former President Obama’s lackluster economic record with his own administration’s successes, President Trump chided his predecessor for making misleading comments.

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Watchdog Praises House Ways & Means For Passing Bill to End Surprise Billing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) for passing a pro-patient solution to solve the pressing issue of surprise medical billing. Released on February 7, the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020 would use a market-oriented mediation process known as arbitration to solve billing disputes between physicians and insurers while holding patients harmless for runaway expenses. Shortly after the legislation’s release, Chairman Neal and Rep. Brady emphasized the need to “minimize the burden on patients and keep the dispute resolution process neutral.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, the burden on taxpayers would also be minimized. The budget watchdog projects taxpayer savings of $17.8 billion over the next ten years if the bill is enacted.

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TPA and the Coalition Against Rate-Setting Launch Ad Campaign Thanking Lawmakers for Rejecting Rate-Setting
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TPA and the Coalition Against Rate-Setting Launch Ad Campaign Thanking Lawmakers for Rejecting Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) and the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) announced the start of a digital billboard and newspaper print ad campaign in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. thanking lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for their stand against government price-fixing in the U.S. healthcare system. Ads urging Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Martha Mc Sally (R-Ariz.) and House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) to follow their lead will also be running.

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Healthcare Issue Briefs

The American healthcare sector is a system of stark contradictions. The healthcare system simultaneously drives innovation through the invention of life-saving medications and operations, yet is plagued by bloat and inefficiency due to an onerous government-driven system of overregulation. It is difficult to concisely diagnose the problems plaguing the U.S. healthcare system due to these contradictions, but that has not stopped politicians, policymakers, and pundits from trying. Depending on the news sources (or Twitter feeds) consulted, America either already has socialized medicine or a Darwinian, capitalistic system that profits off of the death and suffering of patients.

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Watchdog Praises President Trump for Surprise Billing Call-to-Action

applauded President Trump for reiterating the need to tackle the pressing problem of surprise medical billing in tonight’s State of the Union address. In his address to the nation, President Trump detailed the struggles of millions of Americans who have received surprise bills in the mail days or even weeks after being discharged from a medical facility. Though the President didn’t indicate whether his administration would reject misguided rate-setting proposals, TPA President David Williams expressed optimism that President Trump would reject socialist government price-fixing and embrace market-based alternatives such as arbitration.

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TPA Announces Ad Campaign Thanking Lawmakers for Rejecting Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the start of a radio and TV advertising campaign in Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, and New York thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and like-minded lawmakers for standing up for patients and opposing the federal government dictating healthcare prices across the country. At the end of 2019, Majority Leader McConnell and legislative allies halted attempts by members of Congress such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) to have the government impose rate-setting in cases of surprise medical billing. Surprise bills occur when patients receive unwanted and unexpected healthcare bills in the mail days or even weeks after a hospital room visit. TPA appreciates the work of leading lawmakers in preventing further government control over the deeply-dysfunctional healthcare sector.

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BREAKING: Watchdog Uncovers $16.1 Billion in Defense Earmarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the President prepares to sign the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Defense Appropriations Act conference report as part of the 2,300-page end-of-year spending bill, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has uncovered 785 earmarks totaling $16.1 billion (click here for the full list) in Department of Defense appropriations. These earmarks were inserted into the bill by members of Congress from both parties, despite the Pentagon not requesting these spending increases. Congress requested 15.6 percent more earmarks than last year’s total of 679 earmarks, even as Defense earmark spending declined overall (a 16.6 percent decline from last year’s total of $19.3 billion).

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Watchdog Slams Proposed Reimportation Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) slammed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on drug reimportation. If finalized, the rule would allow states to import drugs from Canada in collaboration with pharmacies and wholesalers. Leading American and Canadian health experts have highlighted the drawbacks and dangers of reimportation to the United States, including the undermining of intellectual property and reduced incentive for innovation.

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Watchdog Praises Lawmakers for Not Rushing on Surprise Billing Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised lawmakers for agreeing to continue consideration of competing surprise billing proposals past the end of the year. Initial reports suggested that members of Congress had agreed to a proposal that would have utilized government price fixing to solve surprise medical billing disputes, with legislative language poised to be included in end-of-year spending legislation. But, on December 13, The Hill reported that, “A bipartisan bill to protect patients from surprise medical bills is not expected to pass this year due to sharp divisions over the legislation, according to congressional aides in both parties.”

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TPA Sends Letter Urging Congress to Oppose H.R.3

On behalf of millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) urges Congress to reject H.R. 3, the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019.”. While recognizing the necessity of congressional action to reduce prescription drug prices, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s misguided proposal would have severe negative consequences for healthcare in the United States. The legislation would significantly reduce access to pharmaceuticals, as well as research for much-needed medical breakthroughs. Under this proposal, the federal government would “negotiate” with drug producers on medication prices, but manufacturers would be slapped with an up-to 95 percent tax on prior-year sales if they disagree with the government’s “suggested” price. Price fixing has been a resounding failure everywhere it has been tried, leading to billions around the globe losing access to medications upon which they rely on a daily basis.

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