Month: May 2020

NPR: Remdesivir 101: What Is This Drug, Are There Alternatives And How Much Might It Cost?

Lupkin: At first, the administration shipped cases of remdesivir directly to hospitals in a handful of states, but they weren’t always the hospitals that had the most COVID-19 patients. Here’s Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat from Texas who has asked for an explanation. Rep. Doggett: The states – not clear why and how much they …

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USA Today: In reversal, Trump says coronavirus task force will ‘continue on indefinitely,’ shifts focus to reopening, vaccines

“President Trump waves the white flag of surrender and winds down his ‘task force,’ ” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. “As the death toll soars, it is the task force that gets buried.” Read the full story here. ****************************************************** News Credit Author:John Fritze and David Jackson …

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Inside Health Policy: Pelosi Bill Makes COVID-19 Drugs Free To Insured Without Price Controls

House Democrats’ latest pandemic response bill would make COVID-19 drugs and vaccines free for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the privately insured, but it would do nothing to curb drug prices, and that omission bothers progressive Democrats and consumer and patient lobbyists. “While the 1,815 pages of this bill contain many excellent provisions, Big Pharma …

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KSAT: Doctors face ‘nearly an impossible situation’ as they ration remdesivir

“A doctor making a life or death decision about how to allocate a limited amount of this drug and which patient gets it and which doesn’t — the clinical trials are very important in that regard. They haven’t made that available,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, the Texas Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means …

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CNN: Lawmaker demands formula used by federal government to ration remdesivir

The chairman of a key congressional health committee is demanding to see the formula used by the federal government to ration remdesivir, an experimental drug shown to speed the recovery of coronavirus patients. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means health subcommittee, said on Wednesday that the government’s “distribution …

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KXAN: Texas governor praised by President Trump during White House coronavirus visit

Gov. Abbott and the president talked for about an hour at the White House. Both were on the same page with the reopening but others in the state have a warning for the governor. “People will die if we take the steps the governor demanded,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) said Thursday. Doggett said both Abbott …

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DMN: These Texans have waited weeks for unemployment checks. Now rent is due

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Dogget, D-Austin, on Tuesday led all Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation in asking Abbott to temporarily waive the requirement in Texas. “We can help keep the Commission afloat and keep more Texans on board by removing administrative burdens that are delaying much-needed support,” Doggett said in a statement. “Texans shouldn’t have …

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Quartz: Congress is facing fury over CARES Act tax breaks for the rich

More than 50 Democrats in Congress have already expressed their support for a bill to repeal the loopholes, which was introduced late last month by Rhode Island Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Texas Democratic congressman Lloyd Doggett. Read the full story here. ************************************************************************************** News Credit Author: Ephrat Livni Publisher: Quartz Date: May 8, 2020

Statesman: U.S. companies kept shipping masks overseas even as hospitals ran out and despite warnings

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, raised questions with Azar and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in early March after a Commerce Department flyer circulated that encouraged businesses to take advantage of temporary Chinese import incentives and pushed U.S. companies to sell more of their medical supplies critical to a coronavirus response abroad. Businesses were encouraged to …

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WSJ: Democrats Revisit Stimulus Bill’s Tax Breaks for Businesses

WASHINGTON—As Congress begins considering the next round of economic-relief legislation, some lawmakers are pressing to revisit a decision to give unprofitable companies more than $150 billion in tax breaks. Read the full story here. ******************************************************************* News Credit Author: Richard Rubin Publisher: The Wall Street Journal Date: May 6, 2020

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