Continued efforts to pass ‘right to try’ legislation should fail
BY RICHARD L. PLOTKIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/18/18 05:00 PM EDT
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL
The “right to try” bill of 2017 (S. 204) which was unanimously passed by the Senate last August will be voted on by the House of Representatives in the near future. If passed by the House, it will demonstrate that, despite this administration’s talk of “draining the swamp,” Congress continues to proceed as it has in the past — business as usual.
I say this as a supporter of President Trump and all the good he is doing for the citizens of this country.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore) who is the chair of the energy and commerce committee — along with others — attempted to improve upon S. 204 and put forth a House right to try bill (H.R. 5247).
In a previous op-ed I voiced my opposition to H.R. 5247 with numerous other patient advocates whose missions include advancing the cause for all patients, including those that are terminally ill…