Healthcare News June 1, 2012

  • NY lawmakers want to keep Big Gulp

    “Are we going to regulate how many cookies people can buy at the cookie shop,” asks Rep. Yvette Clark.

  • GOP releases new documents on White House deal with PhRMA

    House Republicans released a detailed account Thursday of the negotiations over healthcare reform between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee have been investigating the $80 billion deal among the Obama administration, Senate Democrats and the drug industry’s leading trade group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

    The existence of a deal between Democrats and PhRMA was well known and acknowledged publicly during the legislative debate over healthcare reform. But documents obtained by Energy and Commerce Republicans provide new details about the negotiations.

  • Paul Ryan on Bloomberg’s proposed ‘Big Gulp ban’: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), asked Thursday about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on selling oversized sugary drinks within city limits, laughed and said, “You can’t make this stuff up, can you?

    “I gave up pop for Lent three years ago and I haven’t had any since, but do what you want,” Ryan told CNBC, also revealing his Midwestern slang. “Do what you want with your life.”

    News broke this week that Bloomberg plans next month to propose a restriction on sales of soft drinks more than 16 ounces in size by restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas in New York City. The news was met with scorn by conservatives and especially “Big Gulp” fans, who quickly dubbed the proposal the “Big Gulp ban” on Twitter because 7-Eleven’s 32-ounce “Big Gulp” is one of the best-known examples of an oversized cup.

  • House rejects bill penalizing doctors for sex-selective abortions

    The bill failed on a vote requiring a two-thirds majority; it’s unclear whether GOP will try a majority-rule vote.

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