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New Drug Therapies Need New Thinking on Regulation - Thursday, April 28, 2011
 The biotech revolution has brought hope to millions of Americans coping with some of the most devastating medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson ’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. New prescription drugs, known as biologics, that were born of this revolution now comprise the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical market and could account for half of all new drugs approved by 2015.


With intense pressure on governments to control rising health care costs, a push is underway to introduce lower-cost biotech medicines that function more or less as equivalents of these biologics. But a host of complicating factors surrounding biologics—not least of which is patient safety—have doctors, patients, drug companies, and regulators trying to work through the thorny problems unique to these drugs.
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A Conspiracy That Is Not a Theory - Tuesday, December 21, 2010
 Conspiracy theories have always captured America’s attention.  The thought that a hidden group can manipulate and control money and governments from behind a veil of secrecy and misinformation both scares and intrigues us at the same time.  We think the government really has an alien in Area 51 and that there was a second shooter on the “grassy knoll” in Dallas in 1963.  We weave conspiracy into every major event from 9/11 to the global financial crisis.  The major problem with most conspiracy theories is that too many people would have to be in on the cover-up for it to remain a secret very long.  That’s why the conspiracy I’m going to talk about has a good chance of succeeding… It’s not a secret, at least not from those in Washington!

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Alienating Seniors is Bad Politics - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
 It’s time to face an uncomfortable fact: recent policies have hurt many older Americans by diminishing their independence and autonomy. At least three major policy decisions—massive cutbacks in home health care, a cut (for the second year in a row) in Social Security’s spending power, and the near destruction of the Medicare Advantage program—threaten to disrupt the stability of millions of America’s senior citizens. And, given the significant losses Democrats experienced at the polls, their changes to Medicare and Social Security deserve a large part of the blame.

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RetireSafe Op-Ed for Aspen News - Friday, September 03, 2010
 As President of RetireSafe, I regularly speak with seniors across the country regarding their thoughts on the economy, health care and the future. I was talking with one Coloradoan - one of our nearly 6,000 supporters in Colorado — and she told me how concerned she was about a proposed change to an existing Medicare policy that would pose a serious risk to Colorado’s seniors.

  Governor Bill Ritter, who is not running for re-election, is proposing to shift supervision of anesthesia from doctors to nurses. While this may sound like a turf battle, it most certainly is not. It’s an effort to “cut costs” that could put lives in jeopardy. The question she posed was, “when you are lying open on the operating table, don’t you want a doctor in charge?”  

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Right to Repair Act Important to Seniors - Sunday, February 28, 2010

 Few consumer bills are as important to seniors as the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057).  Older Americans often live on a fixed income and many rely on trusted, reasonably-priced neighborhood repair shops to keep their vehicles serviced, repaired and operating safely.  With thousands of car dealers closed, and many others closing, those independent repair shops are critical to keep seniors on the road.

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Will Cheaper Drugs Be Safe For Seniors? - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
 One of the great success stories in America is the relentless advance of medical science.  Entrepreneurship and innovation has allowed new medical treatments and medications to improve the lives of people around the world. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs have been especially important to senior citizens, allowing many to enjoy longer, more active and productive lives.

Generic drug manufacturers can play a role in holding down medical costs and stretching the fixed income budgets of millions of seniors who often require multiple medications.  But sometimes, in that rush to save money, generic pharmaceutical companies and federal drug regulators try to gallop ahead of the ability of our safety and regulatory apparatus to make sure new medicines are safe.
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The health care reform takes the “heal” out of health for Santa Fe seniors - Tuesday, August 25, 2009
 Seniors in Santa Fe and across America need and deserve to be listened to in this national debate on health care reform.  They have a right to receive access to quality health care.  Yet the administration continues to promote a plan that will have them paying a steeper price and having their treatment options reduced or rationed. In other words, less health and less care. 
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