Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 21, 2018

Government Shutdown Crowns President 45’s First Year

Shut Down Continues through Today Sunday, Jan. 21st

I returned home after vacation to learn about shut down. I’ve been out of the country for two weeks out of reach of political news. It was a special vacation with added pleasure of not having to read about the political shenanigans of our President and Congress.

So I will not comment here about impact on health care until I catch up. I did participate in Women’s March in San Jose and was inspired by the energy of the resistance.

Highlights of Life Science Events Week of Jan. 21, 2018

  • PBSS, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, Event: Workshop: Preclinical development & IND/CTA Filing, Speakers: Tracy Chen, Jim Zhang, Peter Staehr, Anne Bonneville, Xingrong Liu
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 23, 2018, Topic: “The Promise and Peril of Agile for Medical Devices,” Speaker: Aaron Joseph, Sr. Medical Devices Consultant, Consensia, Inc.
  • Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) Silicon Valley 2018, Jan. 22-24, 2018, Event: Medical Conference
  • WIB Webinar, Wednesday Mid-Day, Jan. 24, 2018, Event: WIB-National Webinar “Speak up and Succeed! How to Find and Use Your Voice to Deliver Impact”
  • ASQ, Biomedical Division, Northern California Discussion Group, Wednesday Evening, 24, 2018, Topic: Effective Training:Implementing Ideas to Improve Competencies, Featured Speaker: Barry Craner and Moderator: Bill Kurani
  • JLABS, Thursday Morning, Jan. 25, 2018, Topic: “Who’s Who in 2018: A Strong Finish to 2017 Healthcare Investing?” Speaker: Jonathan Norris | Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through May 2018 with Audreys Picks Jan. 22, 2018.

Audrey

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Proposed Tax Bill Is Giveaway to Donors Not Tax Reform

Real tax reform could be very valuable to help resuscitate our economy and encourage real growth. But Congress is blowing the opportunity. For example, putting the trillion and a half dollars into healthcare and infrastructure could truly impact positively on the economy by ensuring real job growth. Rather the Republicans seem hell bent on wasting this money by giving it to those who least can use it to bring about real reform and then force huge reductions in entitlement programs to pay for their economic recklessness.

The Congressional “carnival hucksters”associated with and supported by the biggest liar of all are making promises of a Christmas present to the middle class  and outrageous associated economic growth. The latest and largest fib came from “number 45” suggesting the growth rate could go as high as 6% while 3% is agreed upon by reputable economists on both sides. This phenomenal rate will supposedly pay for the tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest. The small tax benefit the middle class will get will only last a few years while the corporate cutback is permanent. Our elected representatives are gambling with the country’s future. They have proven to have short term memories about the great recession which started in 2007 and led to need for severe cut backs in expenditures and sequestration.

The Affordable Care mandate will be removed under this bill. This will lead to the loss of coverage of many more and growth of healthcare costs to individuals, especially, the poorest. It’s no secret that Paul Ryan (the youthful appearing Leader of the House who holds an old man ideology dating back to college days) can’t hold back his enthusiasm for bringing so much hardship on working class Americans as he envisions finally removing entitlement program benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid. Eventually, he would shrink social security in his Ayn Rand fantasy world. Most young men outgrow unrealistic illusions of such ideology but this is not true of Ryan. Ryan was and economics/political science major in college but with no experience personally of seeing injury his ideology works on real people.

His partner in this sabotage of our rights and quality of life includes Mitch McConnell, a truly stubborn old intransigent control freak who wants all the marbles and seemingly has never learned to share.

I worry that this poorly thought out tax bill will pass and produce more hardship for hard-working Americans.

Highlights of Upcoming Bay Area Week’s Life Science Events Through End of January

With the holidays upon us, I will be taking break until third week in January so I have listed events through end of January.

  • Golden Gate Polymer Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 20, 2017, Topic:”From Fundamental Polymer Synthesis to Applications – Polythioaminals from the Stabilization of Reactive Intermediates for Tailorable Surfaces”, speaker, Rudy J. Wojtecki. IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Mid Day, Jan. 9, 2018, Event: “Tour, Talk and Lunch at Steri-Tek,” Speaker: Larry Nichols, CEO, Steri-Tek
  • Simon+Kucher Partners, Friday, Jan. 11, 2018, Forum: “Redefining Value in the Life Sciences“
  • PBSS, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, Event: Workshop: Preclinical development & IND/CTA Filing, Speakers: Tracy Chen, Jim Zhang, Peter Staehr, Anne Bonneville, Xingrong Liu
  • Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) Silicon Valley 2018, Jan. 22-24, 2018, Event: Medical Conference
  • WIB Webinar, Wednesday Mid-Day, Jan. 24, 2018, Event: WIB-National Webinar “Speak up and Succeed! How to Find and Use Your Voice to Deliver Impact”
  • JLABS, Thursday Morning, Jan. 25, 2018,Topic: “Who’s Who in 2018: A Strong Finish to 2017 Healthcare Investing?” Speaker: Jonathan Norris | Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Dec. 17, 2017.

Wishing you and yours a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday season with chance to recharge your batteries so you can return to take on the new challenges of 2018.

Audrey

 

 

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 10, 2017

Who Knows What Will Happen to Health Care Next?

Who Knows What Will Happen to Health Care Next?

One knows that the country is in big trouble when lawmaking is kept a secret and bills are not available for reading prior to their vote. Lots of PR is promulgated but it’s clear that Republicans are so desperate to hold onto their power that they will pass that which is dictated by funders and lobbyists without proper questioning, regular order and careful consideration.  Promises are made to individual lawmakers to bring them into the fold of the Congressional leadership when there is no intention of keeping the commitments. It’s pretty much a crap shoot for the impending major tax cut bill going to conference for a vote. The only hope for sanity is if enough representatives question the final legislation before passing it at the end of the year.

Healthcare is bound to suffer greatly as it is made more and more clear that these tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations will be at the expense of Medicaid, Medicare and even social security funding as well as other social welfare programs. Passage as planned creates a huge increase in the deficit which Congressmen will soon insist be offset by cuts in programs from which the Middle and Lower Class Americans benefit the most. Short term tax cuts to latter groups but permanent ones to corporations will be calculated to make the numbers look good in terms of “process.”

What can we do? Call your representatives and resist!

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Events in the Bay Area

  • PBSS Workshop, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, Event Name: Clinical Pharmacology & Modeling Strategies for your Drug Development Program: Fundamentals, Best Practices and Real World Applications, Speakers: David Lau (Foresee Pharmaceuticals), Geoff Banks (Nuventra), Mark Sale (Nuventra), Lauren Lohmer (Nuventra)
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 12, 2017, Topic: “How did OptiScan become the only company to gain US approval?” Speaker: Peter Rule, Consultant to OptiScan (CEO from 2/06 to 10/17), PRI Date and Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
  • QB3, Wednesday Afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017,Topic: “Synbio from Chemistry to Couture,” Speaker: Dan Widmaier, Co-Founder and CEO, Bolt Threads
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 13, 2017, Topic: “Driving Immunosuppression in the Tumor Microenvironment,” Speaker: Tim Sullivan, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development, Arcus Biosciences
  • Women in Leadership Initiative, BL Fremont, AWIS, Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 14, 2017, Event: Holiday Happy Hour
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Thursday Evening, Dec. 14, 2017, Event: AWIS Palo Alto Holiday Extravaganza, SIP-SMILE-SHARE –Cocktail Party
  • Golden Gate Polymer Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 20, 2017, Topic:  “From Fundamental Polymer Synthesis to Applications – Polythioaminals from the Stabilization of Reactive Intermediates for Tailorable Surfaces,” speaker, Rudy J. Wojtecki. IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Dec. 10, 2017.

Audrey

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 2, 2017

Senate Passed the Tax Bill Without Time for Careful Consideration

Senate Just Passed The Tax Bill

With exception of Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, all other Republican senators voted for this Tax bill early this morning, while no Democrats voted yes. Sen. Corker voted no because he believes the bill will worsen the national deficit. Susan Collins who traditionally has questioned the attempts to defeat the health care bills written by the Republican administration, “claims she was successful in pushing for leaders to preserve the state and local property tax break up to $10,000, lower the threshold for claiming the deduction for high unreimbursed medical expenses and permit catch-up contributions to retirement accounts for certain public employees.” She was looking for deal to change her vote to yes.

Source: Democrats Decry ‘Illegible’ Handwritten Tweak: Tax Debate Update, Bloomberg at https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-decry-%E2%80%98illegible%E2%80%99-handwritten-tweak-tax-debate-update/ar-BBFZASG?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

The bill, approved just before 2 a.m. today in a 51-49 vote, next heads to conference, where House and Senate negotiators will work out the differences in their bills. As noted Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was the only Republican to vote no on the measure. The House bill also passed with no Democratic support last month. It’s hard to say whether those differences can be worked out. Republican Conservatives have differed from others when it came to passing legislation that their constituents opposed. This bill is not popular and legislators didn’t even have time to read what was passed in Senate last night.

The legislation was officially released shortly before the vote, giving the public little time to examine the final details. Democrats were outraged, asking for more time to review the measure. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she was handed the amendments to be included in the bill not by any of her colleagues, but by a lobbyist. Lobbyists, her comment implied, saw the bill before Democratic members.

Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Overhaul by Kathryn Watson CBS News, December 2, 2017, 12:58 PM Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tax-bill-senate-passes-sweeping-tax-overhaul/

The Senate version includes the elimination of the Affordable Care Act health care mandate which one thought might give cause to Senate Republicans who were opposed to repeal of Obamacare this earlier. Apparently, the promise of tax cuts to the middle class, although not enough to compensate for loss of other benefits including anticipated cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, might be holding back resistance by large groups of people.

Highlights of Life Science Events in Bay Area Week of Dec. 3, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Dec. 5, 2017, Topic: “From Condoms to Brain Implants: Protecting Patient Safety Across the Device Spectrum Through Biological Assessment”
  • WIB, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 5, 2017, Event: WIB-San Francisco Bay Area’s Holiday Party: Recapping a Successful Year!
  • Rosenman Institute and QB3, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 5, 2017, Topic: “How to Build a Commercially Valuable, Unassailable Patent Portfolio,” Speaker: IP attorney Adam Schoen, Brown Rudnick
  • ASQ Biomedical, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 6, 2017, Topic: “Modern Approaches To Assessment Of Bio-Compatibility – ASQ Biomedical NCDG December 6, 2017 Roundtable,” Speaker: Audrey Turley, B.S., RM(NRCM), CBA(ASQ), Technical Consultant, Nelson Laboratories, LLC, Moderator: George Marcel, ASQ NCDG
  • Xconomy EXOME, Wednesday Afternoon, December 6, 2017, 1:30 – 5:30 pm, Topic: “What’s Hot in Bay Area Biotech”
  • BIOMEDevice San Jose, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6 – 7, 2017
  • Silicon Valley PCA, Thursday Evening, Dec. 7, 2017, Topic: “Genomic Testing in Prostate Cancer”

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Dec. 3, 2017. Also see Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through Dec. 3, 2017.

Audrey

 

 

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 26, 2017

Whatever Happened to Campaign Promise to Invest in Infrastructure?

Whatever Happened to Campaign Promise to Invest in Infrastructure?

We all know that money for infrastructure is what would drive creation of lots of new, good paying jobs and place money directly in the pockets of middle and working class Americans as well as improvs essential infrastructure. Such actions in the past have proven to increase the economy. Unfortunately, Republicans wouldn’t fund the plans of Obama to make this a major part of overcoming the economic disaster that he inherited from his predecessors.  This is a campaign promise noticeably not kept by “45.”

Instead the Republican administration is obsessed with increasing the debt a trillion and a half dollars to increase income of big corporations and less than one percent of citizens. We have experience with trickle-down economics and what corporations do with low taxed access to huge income secreted overseas. They don’t create jobs! They buy back their stock and give their executives bigger bonuses.

Unfortunately, Republicans feel obligated to give huge payouts to their billionaire donors to their campaigns so they can return to power. They have become frightened that they must pass this terrible payout to those who are awash in funds already and have no plan to invest it in our country infrastructure or American workers in form of higher pay. They are still determined to pay for this giveaway to the wealthy off the backs of our citizens and those least able to pay increased taxes and rising health insurance.

As soon as they pass this bill, there will be outcry that the deficit is too high on part of conservative Congressmen who will demand citizens must take large cuts in essential social services to pay for it. There won’t be any money for infrastructure, education, social welfare including Medicaid and Medicare. You just need to look at the failure to renew CHIP funding that expired the end of September to verify the intent to rob the people to indulge the wealthy—a reverse Robin Hood scheme. Their outrageous plans for health care reform turned out to be deprivation not improvement.

What has happened to morality among the wealthy and large corporations? The Resistance to all these greedy plans to destroy our society, democracy and further impoverish our citizenry is absolutely essential but exhausting.

Call your representatives and get involved in pushing back against these robber barons.

Highlights of Bay Area Life Science Events

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Nov. 28, 2017, Topic: “A new S curve in PCI: Devices that Actively Adapt to Vascular Physiology,” Speaker: Vinayak D Bhat, PhD., President & Chief Operating Officer, Elixir Medical
  • WIB-San Francisco Bay Area, Thursday Evening, Nov. 28, 2017, Event: Get Involved with WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Volunteer Information Session on November 28, 2017
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Thursday Evening, Nov. 30, 2017, Event: Mini Workshop, Topic: “Speaking Up without Freaking Out,” Speaker: Matt Abrahams
  • AWIS and Boehringer Ingelheim, Thursday Evening, Nov. 30, 2017, Topic: Women in the Sciences Industry: Executive Company Leaders, Experts, and Decision Makers—An Inspiring Panel Discussion and Networking Event

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Nov. 26 2017.

Audrey

 

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 18, 2017

Latest Tax Bill Hurts Most Americans

Tax Cut Plan Hurts Seniors  Especially Heavily

All this latest giant tax cut bill (not a tax reform bill) does is place more cash in the pockets of large corporations and billionaires who won’t spend it in the economy but rather buy back stock and increase executive pay or place funds in off shore accounts where it won’t be taxed. Today when a meeting of CEOs was asked if they would pass on extra income to new workers or increased wages showed no enthusiasm to do so. Cutting out the middle man and placing the money directly in the hands of hard-working Americans would truly increase the economy because they would spend it in the economy quickly.

Unfortunately, this big tax cut to corporations and the top wealthiest Americans will come at the cost of older Americans, the poor and middle class. A tax hike is the last thing seniors need because they are already struggling with high health costs. The millions of taxpayers who deduct high health care expenses from their taxes face a tax increase – potentially costing the oldest and sickest Americans thousands of dollars each year.

“Why big CEOs love the GOP tax plan

The Republican tax plan offers multiple benefits to Cohn’s “big CEOs”:

  • It reduces the corporate income tax rate, which boosts corporate profits and therefore share prices. Since most CEOs’ compensation is linked to share price performance, that means CEOs benefit directly.
  • It lets companies take cash that’s been stashed tax-free in foreign subsidiaries and use it for dividends or buybacks that also boost share prices.
  • The changes to the rate structure mean that very high-income people will pay lower income taxes.
  • Repealing the estate tax helps you if you manage to amass an $11 million fortune, which big CEOs tend to do but family farmers don’t.

None of this, however, helps a normal person. But Cohn has an answer: The money will trickle down.” Source: Gary Cohn explains the GOP tax plan: “The most excited group out there are big CEOs” “We see the whole trickle-down through the economy, and that’s good for the economy.”Updated by Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com  Nov 9, 2017, 11:00am EST Find at https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/9/16628130/gary-cohn-tax-plan

Eliminating the health care mandate as part of this tax bill might make the bill less attractive to Republicans who remember the brutal backlash when they tried to kill Obamacare not so long ago. This addition at the last minute has raised interest on part of the resistance that was so effective since the election.

Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Nov. 19, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Nov. 21, 2017, Vacation for Thanksgiving- No meeting today- Next Meeting is Nov. 28
  • PBSS, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, Event: “Workshop Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs): Fundamentals Regulatory Trends and Best Practices,” Speaker: Lisa Helmonds, Vice President, MWA Consulting, Inc.

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Nov. 19, 2017.

Audrey

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 12, 2017

Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Nov. 12, 2017

Highlights for Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Nov. 12, 2017

  • GGPF, Monday Evening, Nov. 13, 2017, Topic: ” Electroactive Fluorinated Polymers”
    Speaker: Larry Judovits, Principal Scientist, Arkema, Inc.
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Nov. 14, 2017, Topic: “Sprout MedicalMaking an Impact in Critical Care”
  • EMBS, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 15, 2017, Topic: “Early results from proof of concept clinical trials with G-Tech Medical’s EKG for the Gut,” Speaker: Steve Axelrod, CEO of G-Tech Medical
  • WIB -National Webinar, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, Topic: “Project Management – How Good Leadership Can Make or Break Project Success”
  • Bioscience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 15, 2017, Topic: “Mining the Microbiome for New Therapeutic Candidates for Chronic Diseases,” Speaker: Karim Dabbagh, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Second Genome
  • QB3, Thursday Midday, Nov. 17, 2017, Event: Seminar for Entrepreneurs, “Destroyer of Obstacles’: Going…” Speaker: Eric Hobbs, CEO, Berkeley Lights

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Nov. 12, 2017.

Audrey

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 5, 2017

President Wants to Add Attack on ACA in Tax Reduction Plan

Now Republicans Asked by President to Add Attack on ACA in Tax Reduction Plan

President Trump wants to undo the ACA’s individual mandate as part of the tax overhaul bill despite opposition by party leaders like House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas. If Republicans were to pass legislation that both made sweeping tax changes and undermined the ACA, it would accomplish two of Trump’s top legislative priorities – and in one stroke reverse Republicans’ legislative fortunes after a string of legislative setbacks…..

But adding the controversial health care change would further complicate the tax effort. Republicans hold majorities in the House and Senate, but internal party divides make finding enough votes for tax reform a challenge, and the party already tried multiple times to repeal the ACA but was unable to find the votes.”

The initial draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released on Thursday did not include this presidential request. Source: Trump pushes for ACA mandate repeal in tax bill By Mike DeBonis.  Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017 at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/03/trump-pushes-for-aca-mandate-repeal-in-tax-bill/

Bill presented on Thursday cuts deductions for medical expenses. Currently, taxpayers can deduct medical expenses that are 10 percent or more of income. See how tax plan might effect you in article below. Trump’s Tax Plan and How It Would Affect You; House Ways and Means Committee Releases Tax Plan, First Step of Many,” by Kimberly AmadeoNov. 4, 2017 at https://www.thebalance.com/trump-s-tax-plan-how-it-affects-you-4113968

Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Nov. 5, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Nov. 7, Speaker: Atta Pilram, President, President, Care Anytime
  • Rosenman Institute Partnering Day, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Event: Meet one-on-one with Nipro Corp., a leading Japanese medtech company
  • Rosenman, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, Event: “Rosenman D-Series: A Conversation with Matt Likens,” Speaker: Matthew Likens, President and CEO of GT Medical Technologies

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Nov.5, 2017. You can also download last week’s new Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through Oct. 29, 2017.

Audrey

 

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | October 29, 2017

Is Recent Huge Cut in Medicare Actually Law?

Congress Just Cut $500 Billion from Medicare?

Question is what does the recent legislation really mean? I don’t think they really passed law removing $500 billion. What they actually did is a ”set up” for future legislation in which they would like to cut $1.5 Trillion from social welfare programs which we thought were untouchable—“entitlement programs.” Actually what they did is show us their vision of what they want to do.

“The budget resolution adopted by the US Senate last week, and by the House of Representatives on Thursday, is not a law. It cannot be signed or vetoed by the president, and the policies it recommends are just that — recommendations.”

But it matters because the budget resolution changes the rules for passing certain legislation, especially in the Senate where it will allow Republicans to pass $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years with only 51 votes. “Congress quietly passed a budget outline with $1.8 trillion in health care cuts, Will the cuts become law? Unlikely. Does the budget vision matter? Definitely.” updated by Dylan Matthews@dylanmattdylan@vox.com,  Oct 26, 2017. Find this very detailed article filled with information at https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/26/16526458/2018-senate-budget-explained

Highlights for Life Science Events for Week of Oct. 29, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 31, 2017, Topic: “Opportunities and Challenges for the Health Ecosystem in Emerging Countries,” Speaker:  Bert Wank, Founder & CEO, infiniRel Corporation
  • QB3, Thursday Midday, Oct. 31, 2017, Event: “Introduction to the Science Exchange Marketplace at QB3,” Speakers: Nolan McDonnelll is the Director of Business Development at Science Exchange and Zev Wisotsky is a Senior Scientist / Research & Development Specialist at Science Exchange
  • JLABS, Thursday Midday, Nov. 2, 2017, Topic: “Let’s Talk Legal Workshop | Venture Financing: What to Expect and Strategies for Success,” Speakers: Stuart Wilks | Assistant General Councel, Johnson & Johnson,Steven A. Wilcox | Partner, Ropes & Gray, Brad Flint | Associate, Ropes & Gray
  • MedTech Frontiers, Thursday Evening, Nov. 2, 2017, Topic: “The Intersection of Big Data (BD) and Interactive Virtual Reality (IVR): It’s All About Intuition, Speaker: Ron Schilling, PhD, Executive Chairman, EchoPixel

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2018 with Audreys Picks Oct. 29, 2017. You can also download this week’s new Jobs That Crossed My Desk ThroughOct. 29, 2017.

Audrey

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | October 22, 2017

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Ready to Go to Senate Floor

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Ready to Go to Senate for Vote

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached an agreement on a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key insurance subsidy program and provide states flexibility to skirt some requirements of the health care law. But Republicans were lukewarm about bringing the proposed agreement to the Senate floor this past week.

 

“The deal would include funding through 2019 for Obamacare’s cost-sharing program, which President Donald Trump cut last week. It would allow states to use existing Obamacare waivers to approve insurance plans with “comparable affordability” to Obamacare plans, Alexander said. But it would notably not allow states to duck the law’s minimum requirements for what a health insurance plan must cover.”

“Sen. Murray and I have an agreement,” Alexander said. “We’re going to round up co-sponsors as best we can.”

“Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility” at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/alexander-and-murray-say-theyve-struck-bipartisan-obamacare-deal-243872

 

Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer today said Democrats, independents and Republicans have over 60 votes to pass the legislation. McConnell claims he will bring the bill to floor if President Trump agrees to sign it. https://www.haystack.tv/v/schumer-bipartisan-health-care-deal-votes-pass

Highlights from Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Oct. 22, 2017

  • PBSS, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, PBSS-San Francisco Bay Workshop, “Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs): Fundamentals, Regulatory Trends and Best Practices,” Speaker: Lisa Helmonds, Vice President, MWA Consulting, Inc.
  • JLABS, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, Topic: “Excited About Your Story: Tell it Like a TED Pro”
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, Topic: “Disrupting the Standard of Care Through the Novel Combination of Wearable Devices and Data Analytics,” Speaker: Justin Cambra, Senior Director of Systems Development, iRhythm Technologies
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, October 25, 2017, Topic: Authentic Courage for Decision and Conflict Coaching – AWIS Palo Alto
  • WBA, Thursday Evening, Oct. 26, 2017, Topic: “WIB-SF Leadership Programs: Building a Community of Biotech Women Leaders from Bench to Boardroom”

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2018 with Audreys Picks Oct. 22, 2017.

Audrey

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