Ensuring Seniors and Veterans Can Continue to See their Doctors:
I continue to work toward a longer-term correction of the long-broken payment formula for Medicare and Tricare doctors, ensuring fairer payments for physicians and helping to make certain that their patients enjoy access to the doctor of their choice.
Congressman Doggett testifies on the Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act:
On May 27 of last year, I testified before the Ways and Means Committee on my legislation, the Smuggled Tobacco Prevention (STOP) Act. By giving our law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on the illicit tobacco trade, the STOP Act will combat tobacco-related death and disease, reduce funding for organized crime and terrorist organizations that threaten our national security, and raise government revenue without raising taxes. This is why it has the support of over twenty organizations including the Federation of Tax Administrators, American Medical Association, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Protecting Health Insurance Reform:
I remain committed to preserving the hard-fought reforms to our health insurance system achieved through the Affordable Care Act, and will resist all efforts by those in Congress who seek to repeal or defund it. Repeal would shift rights away from American families back to insurance companies, leave millions of Americans with no hope of securing insurance, force young adults off their parents' insurance plans, and return insurance company discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions. For seniors, the repeal would also mean the end of free Medicare preventive care, forcing seniors to pay new fees for everything from cancer screenings, to diabetes testing and routine check-ups, and an end to 50% discounts on brand name prescription drugs for those who have reached the "donut hole" gap in coverage.
Defending Reproductive Rights:
There is a steady drumbeat to overturn Roe v. Wade and demand mandatory motherhood even for a woman or girl who is the victim of rape or incest. I will continue working to ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive care and that our children receive comprehensive, age appropriate education to reduce unintended pregnancies in the first place.