I supported House passage of H.R. 5 -- the HEALTH Act, which proposes comprehensive medical malpractice reform. It also repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a controversial provision of health care reform.
At a time when everyone should be focused on getting the federal budget back on the right track, it's the right thing to do. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has determined that enacting medical malpractice reform will save taxpayers $57 billion over 10 years. I believe it will lower health care costs in the private sector as well.
A second important component of H.R. 5 is the repeal of IPAB, which makes recommendations on cuts to Medicare. I am concerned that the structure of the Board would not allow for long-term decisions, address the underlying growth in future health care costs, or achieve meaningful savings through delivery system reforms. I also believe it is the job of Congress, not a commission, to make decisions on health care policy for Medicare beneficiaries.
Finally, I successfully added language in the form of a bipartisan amendment to the bill-- providing important liability protections to Good Samaritan medical professionals who travel to the scene of a disaster to help save lives. Doctors from Utah who volunteer to provide emergency care at the scene of a disaster should not fear unnecessary lawsuits nor have their help refused due to uncertainty of liability protections.
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2nd District of Utah