Members to Discuss How Health Care Law’s Mandates Limit Access to Doctors and Prescription Drugs
The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “The President’s Health Care Law Does Not Equal Health Care Access.” Witnesses to be announced.
“The health care law’s many mandates and one-size-fits-all approach have created a system that necessarily limits choices, leaving patients with limited access to the care and treatments they want or need. Among the president’s many broken health care promises was the assurance that, ‘If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor,’ a promise one of the law’s chief architects has admitted would not hold true,” commented Pitts. “The health care law has taken health care decisions out of the hands of individuals and families, instead putting Washington in charge.”
The Huffington Post recently reported that, “nationwide, about 70 percent of Obamacare plans offer fewer hospitals and doctors than employer-sponsored group plans or pre-ACA individual market plans. Scott Gottleib explains in Forbes, “Like a lot of other parts of Obamacare, uncertainty around drug costs and coverage is becoming another one of the scheme’s unpleasant surprises.” Subcommittee members will explore how the law’s mandates and structure have disrupted health care choices and access.
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.