It Depends on the Meaning of the Word "Rationing"
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today examined the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the controversial board of 15 unelected bureaucrats created in the health care law to cut Medicare spending.--HHS Secretary Sebelius today defended the board by claiming that it is prohibited from rationing care and instead, will reduce "excess cost growth" in Medicare spending.--It's a curious interpretation, and one that is not shared by the hundreds of medical experts who object to IPAB on the grounds that it will--have--the power...
Rep. Fred Upton in Politico: Dems squeeze Medicare with IPAB
Medicare is in serious trouble. The Medicare Trust Fund will be bankrupt in 2024, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report -- five years earlier than projected just last year.
Republicans have a plan to strengthen Medicare by giving beneficiaries more control over their health care, allowing patients and their doctors, not the federal government, to make decisions about their needs.
Recently, Democrats have gone to great lengths to denigrate the Republican plan to reform Medicare. Using "Mediscare" tactics, they have misrepresented the facts and tried to persuade...
Committee to Seek Subpoena After Obama Administration Refuses to Provide Documents 120 Days After Request
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today announced the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a business meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2011, to consider a motion authorizing the issuance of a subpoena for certain records of the Office and Management and Budget relating to the Department of Energy's issuance of a loan guarantee to Solyndra, Inc. on September 2, 2009. The business meeting will take place at 12:00 noon or 15 minutes after the conclusion of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee hearing...
Upton Expresses Disappointment with Administration's "Lip Service" to Medical Liability Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - US House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today expressed his disappointment to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for refusing to work with Congress to implement serious medical malpractice reform. After President Obama announced his support for medical liability reform in this year's State of the Union address, committee leaders sent a letter to the president pledging to work with the administration on this issue. Nearly five months later, on June 16, Secretary Sebelius responded on behalf of the...
Committee Approves Legislation to Study Cumulative Economic Costs and Consequences of EPA's Biggest Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved legislation calling for a comprehensive review of proposed and recently issued regulations that have the potential to impose tens of billions in compliance costs, eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, drive up the price of energy, and reduce U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly global economy.
H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act, or TRAIN Act, passed the committee with bipartisan support by a vote of 33 to 13. The TRAIN Act, introduced...
Committee Leaders Welcome Obama Effort to Prod Independent Agencies to Identify Job-Smothering Red Tape
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders welcomed today's action by President Obama to encourage independent government agencies to identify and weed out outdated and onerous regulations that are undercutting job growth. The president's move follows regulatory czar Cass Sunstein's startling testimony last month to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee that independent agencies were not participating in the regulatory relief effort despite his urging. Last week, senior officials from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission testified...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Approves Bill to Analyze Impacts of EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved legislation to hold the Obama administration accountable for the total cost of EPA's wave of biggest rules. H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act, or TRAIN Act, was approved by the subcommittee by voice vote. The bipartisan bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. The TRAIN Act would require a cumulative analysis of major new rules...
Upton & Shimkus Press NRC Chairman for Answers On Yucca Mountain Safety Report
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) are pressing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for more answers and documents as part of their investigation into the Obama administration's efforts to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. The letter comes on the heels of a recent subcommittee hearing where NRC scientists expressed frustrations over Chairman Jaczko's efforts to terminate their work on the third volume of the Safety Evaluation Report...