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ICYMI: E&C Republicans Highlight Path Forward on Health Care Reform


In a Series of Op-Eds, Committee Members Talk Medicaid and Insurance Reforms

This past week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a series of hearings relating to Obamacare. From examining Medicaid expansion and commonsense reforms to Medicaid to insurance reforms to bring relief to patients, the committee laid the groundwork for moving beyond Obamacare.

Here’s a recap of what you might have missed.

January 31, 2017

Repealing Obamacare and Rebuilding Our Health Care System

By Chairmen Greg Walden (R-OR) and Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)

It’s an exciting time for our country. With a unified Republican government in place, the coming months are shaping up to be a busy time working to put real solutions in place to help the American people.

At the forefront of the agenda is repealing Obamacare and rebuilding our health care system in order to provide quality health care, at an affordable price, to the citizens of our country. It’s no small task, but one we are committed to doing — and doing right. …

To read the column online, click HERE.

February 1, 2017

Three Reforms to Strengthen Medicaid and Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

By Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Bill Flores (R-TX)

Medicaid is a critically important safety net program that serves the most vulnerable in every community and it is imperative that these vital tax dollars are spent taking care of those in the greatest need.

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will examine three commonsense reforms, authored by us individually, to ensure Medicaid is working for those it serves. The bills cover a range of issues within the program, but work toward the common goal of strengthening the program so beneficiaries can make the most of these important benefits. …

To read the column online, click HERE.


February 2, 2017

Initial Health Care Relief Measures Put Patients First and Help Stabilize Markets

By Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Flores (R-TX), and Greg Walden (R-OR)

Everywhere you turn, health markets are nearing collapse. It’s an unfortunate and catastrophic reality of too much federal intervention in our health care. From soaring deductibles and skyrocketing premiums to fleeing insurers, it’s no wonder patients are paying more out of pocket each year under the so-called “Affordable Care Act.”

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will examine four legislative solutions to help deliver relief. Together, the bills will play an important role in being among the first bricks placed in the rebuilding of our health care system. Collectively, they will give patients relief from the law’s soaring costs, tighten enrollment gaps, and protect taxpayers. …

To read the column online, click HERE.

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