After 20 months since the original PDAB bill SB21-175 passed, PDAB bureaucracy is floundering. Not one penny has been saved for drug consumers. Not one drug has been subjected to review. And taxpayers have footed the bill to the tune of $81,000 per month.
Now comes HB23-1225 – the “Bride of PDAB” — passed today out of its first committee hearing (House Health & Insurance) – with a 8-3 vote.
This bill should scare Coloradans silly. “The Bride of PDAB” strips out the only two guardrails standing between Coloradans and a bureaucracy run amok. The bill gives the Board power over an UNLIMITED number of drugs instead of the current limit of 12. And it DOUBLES the life of the PDAB program from five to ten years. Already able to wreak massive havoc for patients, providers, and taxpayers, PDAB would become the “Godzilla” of health care nightmares under HB23-1225.
Over 30 Colorado doctors, health care provers, patients, and community members testified in opposition to the original PDAB bill (SB21-175) fearing a wave of negative impacts, staying well into the night to voice objections about this unproven policy.
Thankfully the cost overruns, backward logic, and bureaucratic fog of PDAB have kept the policy being implemented so far. But HB23-1225 is set to unleash the proverbial hounds and waste even more time, energy and taxpayer dollars.
We urge Coloradans to contact their legislators to say enough is enough. Leave the “Bride of PDAB” at the altar and vote no on HB23-1225.
Read Jennifer Churchfield’s written testimony re: HB23-1225 here: https://betterhealthcareco.org/testimony-submitted-by-jennifer-churchield-hb23-1225/
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