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DMN: San Antonio leader circumvents Texas ban on fines for not wearing masks — with Gov. Abbott’s blessing

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, an Austin Democrat whose district extends to San Antonio, fired off a letter rebuking Abbott for gladly letting local elected officials enforce his COVID-19 edicts early in the pandemic, only to hobble them as he caved in later to Republican activists demanding faster reopening of the economy. “In March, you hid …

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The Intercept: Big Pharma Attacks Efforts to Guard Against Coronavirus Price Gouging

After House Democrats announced a plan to ensure that drugs and vaccines for Covid-19 are affordable and accessible to all, a coalition of conservative groups began quietly working to undermine that effort. On April 15, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., along with Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, laid out basic …

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SA Current: Congressman Demands USDA End Controversial $39M Contract With San Antonio Event Planner

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett called on the White House on Tuesday to cancel a $39 million federal food-distribution contract awarded to a small San Antonio events company with no previous track record in that business. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue, Doggett, a San Antonio Democrat, said the terms of …

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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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