Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced today that he voted in support of H.R. 5, "The Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act."
"This is just one more element of the Administration's health care law that doesn't work for the American people," said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon from Iron River. "Backroom deals do not come with accountability, and this board does not provide security for Northern Michigan's seniors. I believe that doctors and patients should work together to decide the value of their medical services -- not a group of people selected by the President."
This legislation will repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that provide for the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The Board would be comprised of 15 unelected individuals who will be unaccountable to the American people and Congress, and will be hand-picked by the President. Their sole job will be to cut funding for Medicare medical services.
"We need to take care of seniors both today and tomorrow. Protecting Medicare by ensuring access to care and strengthening doctor-patient relationships are fundamental steps in that process," added Dr. Benishek.
Dr. Benishek has been opposed to the Administration's health care law since it was first presented to Congress. He believes health care reform should have a goal to improve the care individuals receive, not create more red tape. In Dr. Benishek's opinion, real health care reform will also seek to address the current unsustainable spending at all levels. Dr. Benishek has served as a general surgeon in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at a private practice since 1983.
Dr. Benishek is one of 134 cosponsors of this legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 223 to 181 on March 22, 2012.