Jan. 28, 2015 SIGN IN | REGISTER

Guest Observer Archive

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition: Stop Use of Prorated or Daily Dispensing Fees | Commentary

Every day, seniors and rehab patients in skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities across America benefit from the specialized guidance and clinical oversight that only long-term care (LTC) pharmacies, and the consulting pharmacists they employ, can provide. Among other essential responsibilities, LTC pharmacies ensure that complex prescription drug regimens are properly filled and professionally reviewed for safety, accuracy, compliance and prevention of dangerous adverse drug interactions.

Five Lessons as the 114th Congress Gets Started | Commentary

As the 114th Congress settles in and President Barack Obama finalizes his State of the Union address, the consequences of the midterm elections are becoming real in Washington. New leaders have taken control of every Senate committee and subcommittee and the chamber itself, and the dynamic is changing.

An Interstate Highway for Our Nation's Electricity | Commentary

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1953, our nation’s roads were a patchwork of local byways and turnpikes that often didn’t connect to one another. Some were well-maintained, while others were impassible at many times of the year. It was difficult to drive between certain cities without adding many hours to the trip — costing the nation billions in fuel costs and productivity. Eisenhower led the effort to modernize our roads and by the time he left office in 1961, construction had begun. This project eventually became our Interstate Highway System, and led to increased mobility and prosperity nationwide.

Telecom & Technology Offer Hopes for Positive Congressional Reform in 2015 | Commentary

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will give his sixth State of the Union Address and there is no doubt that the speech will contain familiar themes on policy initiatives his administration has long championed. Perhaps chief among them though is telecommunications policy, an area that Congress and the president must address if the country is to remain competitive around the world.

One Ukraine | Commentary

Months after European diplomats first leaked and then recanted stories about an alleged plan by Russia to split my country between itself and Poland, the future integrity of Ukraine remains in doubt. For months, we have been frozen in time: between war and truce, between default and salvation, between behaving as a single nation or merely as cabals of rivaling elites. If Ukrainians cannot find some common ground soon, the idea of One Ukraine may become lost for a generation. Now, more than ever, we need our friends to help us help ourselves.

True Tax Reform Must Be a Full Overhaul of the Code | Commentary

The 114th Congress is just days old, and the acrimony between the parties seems to be as intense as ever, with one major exception — tax reform. This is one of just a few policy areas capable of attracting support from both parties on both ends of Pennsylvania. Expect to hear about it in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and expect the issue to be a hot topic at each party’s upcoming congressional retreat. After this era of globalized economies, policymakers have precious few tools for growing the economy and boosting wages for American workers. But tax reform is one of them.

Bringing Communities Together: A Better Way to Help America's Kids Succeed | Commentary

Today, President Barack Obama will be giving his State of the Union address, which will likely include the president laying out a vision for addressing the needs of our nation’s children. Among a host of other policy announcements, the president may emphasize much needed recent investments to expand access to pre-K and infant and toddler care.

The 20-week Abortion Ban and Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis | Commentary

The 20-week ultrasound in our first pregnancy began as a joyful event, but quickly turned into one of those punched-in-the-gut experiences. After our peek at the baby’s profile and his 10 little toes, the technician became stone-faced as the ultrasound wand moved to our baby’s brain.

Congressional Action in the Fight Against Superbugs | Commentary

If the members of the new Congress are looking for ways to show the world they can take action and get things done, I have a suggestion. How about a bipartisan piece of legislation that has the potential to help save injured troops and strengthen public health in the United States and across the globe?

Return to Regular Order Means Reining In EPA | Commentary

If there is one lasting change the 114th Congress should seek to make, it is the return to regular order. The Founding Fathers intentionally made it difficult for the federal government to enact laws but not impossible. The seeming impossibility of any meaningful congressional action has instead been wrought by closely divided congressional chambers, bitter partisanship and misapplication of Senate rules.

Time for Congress to Make Payment for Telehealth a Reality | Commentary

The reason that telehealth usage among seniors in Medicare is almost non-existent is because the rules were written at a time when telehealth was used primarily to provide access to care for rural patients. To use telehealth, Medicare beneficiaries have to be in a rural area and in an “originating site,” defined as a hospital, doctor’s office or clinic. This defeats the purpose of today’s telehealth offerings, which are providing access to primary care in the home, office, retail clinic, or wherever.

Our Fight's With the President, Not DREAMers | Commentary

In November, President Barack Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping Executive Orders in American history. Ignoring for a moment the merits of the immigration policy itself, such actions cannot be condoned by the American body politic. Unilateral action defies the separation of powers on which our country was founded, and on which our federalist democracy is sustained. Imagine a future president refusing to enforce drug laws, environmental laws, criminal penalties for sexual assault or tax collection for important constituencies.

The New Security Matrix -- Military Readiness Must be Key Congressional Priority | Commentary

As we mourn with those in France who died at the hands of murderous Islamic extremists, as we remember that such brutal terrorism is rampant all over the globe, we are mindful that here at home responsible military readiness is one of the best vanguards for our collective national security.

Innovation Deficit Threatens America's Health and Prosperity | Commentary

In the center of the country there’s a quiet revolution taking place that holds great promise for our nation, though only if we address the growing innovation deficit facing America.

Fixing the On-Ramp to Higher Education | Commentary

This year portends to be an important one for higher education in Washington. Last week, both political parties and the White House were already falling over themselves to offer proposals that could pay major political and practical dividends.

How to Create a Culture of Customer Service in Congress | Commentary

Many members of Congress profess to want the top priority for their congressional office to be “constituent focus.” But when the Congressional Management Foundation probes, “How does that translate into the priorities, decisions and actions of your staff,” we often get a blank stare. In some respects, members of Congress are just another service provider in our society. Their customers (constituents) want something when they interact with the office. They may want an answer to a question, such as how a legislator might vote on an upcoming bill; or assistance with a problem, such as a casework request on immigration.

Tax Reform in 2015: Will it Be Purposeful or a Parody? | Commentary

As the newly installed Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., convenes his first House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tuesday about policies to boost our economy, undoubtedly, tax reform will be a top priority.

Net Neutrality Is Low-Hanging Fruit for Congress | Commentary

As is normal, the start of a new Congress resonated with pledges of bipartisan intention as legislative leaders expressed a determination to work across the aisle in addressing the nation’s challenges.

A Real Opportunity Agenda | Commentary

The most important debate occurring in Washington today isn’t about partisan politics or 2016 prognostications. It’s about what Washington — particularly, the Republican- controlled Congress — will do to regain the trust of the American people.

GMO Labeling, Misleading and Costly for Consumers | Commentary

Activists pushing for mandated labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods are really pushing a disingenuous political agenda that will be both confusing and costly for consumers.

SIGN IN




OR

SUBSCRIBE

Want Roll Call on your doorstep?