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Protecting Access to Healthcare Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HERGER. Madam Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5.

Today's debate goes to the heart of the question of what kind of health care system we want to have. House Republicans believe the solution to making health care more affordable and strengthening the Medicare program is more freedom, empowering innovation and competition to reduce costs and improve quality, giving seniors the opportunity to choose the health care that's best for them.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board, IPAB, represents a very different approach to controlling health care costs, a one-size-fits-all plan in which unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats decide what kind of health care you should get. Physicians, patient advocates, and respected scholars, Democrats and Republicans alike, have warned that the IPAB threatens access to care for seniors and people with disabilities. The board has the authority to meet and make decisions in secret without considering the perspective of patients and their doctors and without judicial review. Madam Chairman, this is the wrong approach. IPAB must be repealed.

H.R. 5 also includes important reforms to reduce the cost of frivolous medical lawsuits. The President's health care overhaul has not fulfilled his promise to reduce health insurance premiums by $2,500, but commonsense medical liability reforms will truly bring down health costs both for American families and the Medicare program.

I urge the passage of this legislation.


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