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Congress Begins Work on Healthcare Reform

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Tim Murphy joined 245 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and begin the process of developing healthcare reforms. Upon adoption of HR 2, Congress begins consideration of a replacement resolution, H.Res. 9, instructing the House Committees to develop legislation that will replace the flawed healthcare law with solutions to lower healthcare costs, improve efficiency and delivery of care. Rep. Murphy said that with this vote, Congress can begin the real work of healthcare reform.
“Medicare was written in 1965 when the most advanced piece of equipment in the hospital was an x-ray machine on wheels. It hasn’t undergone a thorough review since. Medicare would save thousands of lives if the system was based on scientific, evidence-based medicine. If we do this right and focus on real reforms, think of the money we can save and all the ways we can make Medicare stronger.”
The House now considers companion legislation that would instruct several committees to write a new bill that results in lower insurance premiums for families, preserves the doctor-patient relationship, allows people who like their plans to keep them, and ensures those with preexisting conditions have access to affordable, quality coverage. Rep. Murphy, who is co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, serves on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which would be responsible for drafting a significant portion of the new bill.
“Millions of Americans begged us to fix healthcare, but instead what they got was a law that financed a flawed system with over half-a-trillion dollars in taxes and another half-a-trillion dollars in cuts to seniors’ healthcare. Today’s vote was an important marker. The public knows that standing between them and their doctor and thousands of pages of regulations to be written and dozens of new panels and boards to be appointed. That’s not healthcare reform. I’m ready to go to work with my colleagues on actually reforming healthcare to extend affordable, quality medicine to all Americans.”

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