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Begging the Government to Save Your Own Life (Guest: Naomi Lopez Bauman)

August 1, 2018

The idea that you have to beg the government to save your own life is absurd. Naomi Lopez Bauman goes into how right to try can subvert this lunacy.

Lt. Commander Matthew Bellina is living with Lou Gherig's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and, back in 2017, testified before a congressional panel about his commitment to Right to Try. Goldwater Institute's Director of Health Care Policy, Naomi Lopez Bauman, sat beside him as he made his compelling and touching case to the Energy and Commerce Committee.

In May of 2018, Bellina's hard work paid off as President Donald Trump signed federal Right to Try legislation into law, allowing patients to work directly with physicians and drug companies for the right to try experimental new drugs and treatments that have cleared the safety phase of the FDA's clinical trials. Lopez Bauman joins the HCN podcast this week to talk about Right to Try and how it bubbled up as a true grassroots, patient-led effort in the states and finally succeeded in getting federal legislation passed this year.

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Sarah Lee is the managing editor of Health Care News and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.
slee@heartland.org @HCPolicy