President Obama’s Path Less Traveled


By John Feehery

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“Barack Obama crossing the Cross Hall” by Chuck Kennedy. The Official White House Photostream – originally posted to Flickr as P042909CK-0166. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

For over a year, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton has worked with Committee Democrats to craft legislation to make it easier for industry to bring to market life-saving medicines.

The 21st Century Cures initiative is meant to break down bureaucratic barriers that prevent innovative drugs from getting into the hands of consumers and doctors.  Upton has worked assiduously with the Colorado Democrat Diane Degette to find a bipartisan approach.

Today, President Obama unveiled his Precision Medicine Initiative, the main purpose of which is to do the same thing as Upton. (more…)

Super Hype


By John Feehery

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“Super Bowl XLVIII kicking” by MichelinStar – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

“This one goes to eleven. “

That line, from the iconic movie This Is Spinal Tap, came to mind when I thought about this weekend’s big event.

The Super Bowl, to be truly successful, has to be one louder. (more…)

Fight Addiction Through Better Science


By John Feehery

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“Suboxone SL Tabs” by Jr de Barbosa – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I read an excellent, if a little bit long, piece in Huffington Post about an epidemic that is sweeping the nation and killing a whole bunch of people, including some pretty famous ones.

The title of the article is called “Dying to Be Free,” ( and it was written by Jason Cherkis, who spent a year travelling across the country, looking at different approaches to dealing with addiction, focusing most specifically on the scourge of heroin.

Heroin addiction is a weird concept. (more…)

Obama Backtracks From Plan to Tax ’529′ College Savings Accounts


By John Feehery

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“USA-The George Washington University” by Ingfbruno – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The quick demise of the White House plan to tax college savings accounts, also known as 529 plans, underscores what a flawed idea it was.

By proposing a tax on these tax-free accounts, ostensibly because the accounts disproportionately help higher-income people, the president effectively proposed making college more expensive for middle-class parents.

Consider: Rich people have no problem paying for college. (more…)

Happy Birthday to Thomas Aquinas!


By John Feehery

Carlo Crivelli 007.jpg

“Carlo Crivelli 007″ by Carlo Crivelli (circa 1435–circa 1495) – Via The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN
3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Eight centuries ago, Thomas Aquinas was born.

I am not an Aquinas scholar, as I suspect most of you are not.

But we all owe a debt to this brilliant thinker who changed the course of human history. (more…)


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