Rogers Supports Legislation to Protect Healthcare Options and Empower Seniors
Mar 22, 2012 -
Today U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) voted to repeal a provision of the President’s controversial “ObamaCare” healthcare law that created an unelected advisory board to recommend potential cuts in Medicare service. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) could limit choices for patients, particularly seniors, and doctors in addressing health needs and determining procedures. Besides this repeal, H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, will also help rural areas retain and attract well-trained doctors, surgeons, and other health professionals through changes in medical malpractice lawsuits. The House of Representatives passed the bill 223-181, and the legislation now awaits consideration by the Senate.
“Healthcare costs are spiraling out of control. Our priority must be reducing the costs of healthcare for all Kentuckians without limiting choices and reducing service,” said Rogers. “H.R. 5 removes the president’s unelected and unaccountable healthcare rationing board which stands in between a doctor and a patient. Further, H.R. 5 will put a cap on frivolous medical lawsuits that drive up healthcare costs for everyone and discourage doctors from practicing in rural, underserved areas.”
With the threat of lawsuits that can force doctors out of practice and hospitals to curtail services, many providers are conducting unnecessary and costly precautionary tests that are not medically required. This practice of “defensive medicine” is driving up healthcare costs and hitting taxpayers’ wallets without improving the quality of healthcare. H.R. 5 would reduce this practice by putting a cap on emotional damages and attorney compensation arising from healthcare related claims. This would also ensure that legitimate claims are still given fair consideration. In addition, H.R. 5 repeals IPAB, an ObamaCare-created board of 15 bureaucrats. Under ObamaCare, IPAB is tasked with achieving savings by cutting funding for Medicare medical services.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.