President Trump signed the ‘Right to Try’ Act Wednesday afternoon, allowing terminally-ill patients the right to try experimental treatments and investigational drugs before they’re permitted for general use.
The bill, passed by the House of Representatives in March, allows those “near death” or with conditions that will result in “severely premature death” to try new drugs and treatments that could potentially extend their lives but are deemed “high risk.”
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Posted by Fox News on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The legislation was championed by Vice President Pence, who called the ‘Right to Try’ Act a great step towards “restoring hope to patients with terminal illnesses and it’s the right thing to do.”
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FLATLINE: Mitch McConnell Pulls the Plug on GOP Healthcare Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially pulled the plug on the GOP’s latest efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling fellow Senators there will not be a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill and admitting yet another defeat in his final push to make good on a seven-year promise.
According to the New York Times, McConnell made his final decision hours after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition the legislation; joining Sen. John McCain and Rand Paul’s ‘no’ votes and ending the bill’s chances of passing the Senate.
The Graham-Cassidy legislation was GOP lawmakers last and best chance to repeal and replace Obamacare before the September 30th deadline. Any vote after the deadline would then require a 60 vote super-majority; making it nearly impossible to “repeal” Obamacare without any democratic support.
Speaking from the White House, President Trump did not mince words for republican legislators who have -so far- failed to advance the President’s agenda; breaking a seven-year promise to voters that ushered the GOP into power.
“At some point there will be a repeal and replace, but we’ll see whether or not that point is now or will it be shortly thereafter,” said the President. “But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans.”