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Free lunches are often the most expensive meals. And yet, when it comes to the nation’s health care system, the federal government blindly offers free lunch buffets in lieu of policies that would actually address the core problems of the nation’s health care system. An example of this free lunch mentality is the 340B drug discount program.
The 340B program was implemented because the U.S. health care system was, and continues to be, fatally flawed. In this case, the flaws were being manifested through retail prices for pharmaceutical drugs that were too expensive for some patients. In response to this affordability problem, President George H.W. Bush and Congress implemented the 340B program back in 1992.