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Matheson Continues Effort To Modify Health Care Reform Bill As It Advances In The House

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Location: Washington, DC

Matheson Continues Effort To Modify Health Care Reform Bill As It Advances In The House

Congressman Jim Matheson today will offer changes to the draft health care bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee as debate resumes on a comprehensive overhaul of health care.

"We have an historic opportunity to transform our health care system into one that meets the needs of all Americans," Matheson said. "We cannot pass up this moment to help control the skyrocketing costs that threaten access to care, and the stability of every family's and business owner's budget."

Matheson said his goals include looking for every penny of savings within our current public programs, to be more aggressive in implementing innovative delivery system reforms and to provide assistance for individuals, families and small businesses to help them purchase health care without bankrupting the federal government.

Matheson said he would offer several amendments in committee, including one to reform medical malpractice; and one to create state based exchanges including cooperative models that will not be run by the federal government.

"We spend -by far—more than any other country in the world on health care, and outcomes are only average, in many instances. We need to get more bang for our buck and to do that, we need to remove the perverse incentives that reward inefficient, high-cost care and rob us of our ability to take care of everyone who needs it."

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