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Health Care

April 24, 2012 - Yesterday, Medicare Trustees released a report detailing how Social Security Trust Funds would be exhausted three years earlier than originally estimated - by 2033. This is why we need meaningful reform that protects seniors and those near retirement age, while preserving the program for future generations. 

Click here for information on what Congress has done to keep repeal the job-killing health care reform law, and what can be done to truly lower the cost of and increase access to health care. 

Recent Health Care News:

On January 19, 2011, Congress voted to repeal the job-killing health care reform law, and reaffirmed its commitment to the American people to truly reform our health care system by truly lowering cost and expanding coverage.  Click here for Rep. Myrick's Floor speech in support of repeal. 

Health Care Reform

Rep. Myrick believes that everyone should have access to affordable health care.  However, she does not believe that creating a government-run system is the answer to this question, which is why she voted to repeal the new health care law at the start of the 112th Congress.

There are plenty of alternatives that would help Americans now. Here are a few examples:

1.    Don’t create a new government-run health plan. Further shifting costs to the taxpayer doesn’t solve our health insurance cost problem.

2.    If you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. If you don’t like it, get a refundable tax credit, and buy something else. The self-employed and individual purchaser should get the same tax benefits that big businesses get

3.    Allow Insurers to sell policies across state lines to increase competition and lower price. With proper safeguards, allowing a national market for insurance will create more competition and lower premiums.

4.    Phase out pre-existing condition exclusions and rescissions imposed by insurance companies.

5.    In the meantime, fully fund high-risk pools. State high-risk pools allow very sick and costly patients the ability to buy policies at prices that are not usually available to them in the individual market.

6.    Institute real medical liability reform to lower cost and protect both good doctors and legitimately-harmed patients.

7.    Change statute to encourage multi-year health insurance contracts. A health plan has a greater stake in your overall health and is more likely to invest in preventive care if you’ll be their customer for several years—instead of a typical one-year at a time agreement.

8.    Doctors should get a tax break for treating the uninsured.

9.    Promote Health IT with carrots, not sticks. The recently passed stimulus punishes health care providers for failing to adopt standards that do not even exist.  Doctors shouldn’t be forced to comply with unfunded mandates that drive up health costs.

10.    Allow for catastrophic coverage options—especially for the young

11.    Allow small businesses to band together and negotiate with insurers to get better deals for coverage. Allow groups to sponsor group plans and let individuals join these new insurance pools.  This will make coverage more portable and give individuals more options outside of the dysfunctional individual market.

Introduced Health Care Bills - 112th Congress

HR 371 - Health Care Choices Act (Introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn - Myrick original co-sponsor)

Introduced Health Care Bills - 111th Congress

HR 3590 - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - introduced in the Senate - signed into law on 3/23/2010.

HR3400, the Empowering Patients First Act (introduced by the Republican Study Committee - Myrick co-sponsor)

HR 3713, the American Healthcare Solutions Act (introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers - Myrick co-sponsor)

HR 3962, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act (introduced 10/29/2009)

HR 3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act (as introduced in the House)