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The health care industry has dramatically increased its federal lobbying under President Trump, and it has paid off for those companies, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
Why it matters: The influence economy has only gotten bigger over the past three years, despite Trump's calls to "drain the swamp."
Bob analyzed the federal lobbying reports of 60 health care companies and trade organizations from 2014 through 2019 — the last three years of the Obama administration, and the first three years of Trump's.
What we found: The 60 groups in this analysis spent a collective $309 million on federal lobbying in 2019.
How it works: The lobbying apparatus isn't just about fending off proposals that threaten health care's lucrative system.
Between the lines: The $309 million these groups spent lobbying last year is, for them, a bargain.
Go deeper: See the entire analysis
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Misinformation about the coronavirus is testing governments, tech platforms and health officials — not to mention a nervous public — in both the U.S. and China, Axios' Sara Fischer and Ina Fried report.
Why it matters: Experts say misinformation makes it harder to get outbreaks under control by undermining people's confidence in legitimate science and public-health messages.
Big Tech platforms — including Facebook, Twitter and Google — are scrambling to stop the spread of misinformation about the virus, much of which violates their own content rules.
The big picture: Health care has long been a target of misinformation, because it plays into existing fears. This is especially true for disease outbreaks, which can spread faster than the news cycle is equipped to handle.
The spread of the coronavirus in China has raised concerns about the pharmaceutical industry's global supply chain, STAT reports.
Between the lines: China produces a large portion of the ingredients used to make drugs. As the coronavirus spreads and sends China increasingly into lockdown, it's causing experts to question whether the supply chain is stable.
By the numbers: 13% of all facilities that make ingredients for drugs sold in the U.S. are located in China, and 85% of medicines in the U.S. strategic national stockpile use some component that comes from China.
Yes, but: Most drugmakers have more than one supplier for the ingredients they need for each medicine.
The Trump administration can begin enforcing new rules that penalize immigrants who rely on Medicaid, in addition to other federal programs, Axios' Sam Baker reports.
Driving the news: The Supreme Court said yesterday that the administration's "public charge" rules can take effect while lawsuits challenging those rules work their way through the system.
Why it matters: Medicaid is a big program. These rules will likely be a real obstacle to a significant number of immigrant families, especially if they're ultimately upheld on the merits.
Federal officials and New York state have sued Martin Shkreli for allegedly violating antitrust law when he raised the price of Daraprim by 4,000%, Bloomberg reports. Shkreli is already in prison on a separate charge.
Why it matters: Shkreli and Vyera Pharmaceuticals, formerly Turing Pharmaceuticals, became the face of out-of-control drug pricing. The lawsuit suggests that such behavior could have been illegal.
Details: The massive Daraprim price hike came in 2015, after Shkreli acquired the drug.
The other side: "Mr. Shkreli looks forward to defeating this baseless and unprecedented attempt by the FTC to sue an individual for monopolizing a market," Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli’s lawyer, said in a statement.