Price Introduces the Empowering Patients First Act
Washington, D.C.–Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement upon introduction of H.R. 3000 – the Empowering Patients First Act.
“True health reform in this country must put patients first while working to improve accessibility to, and affordability of, quality health care,” said Congressman Price. “Over the past year and a half we have seen plenty of signs that President Obama’s health care bill will be every bit the disaster we warned it would be when the then-Democrat majority jammed the bill through the last Congress. Thousands of pages of regulations complicating the health care process, mandates on individuals and businesses, higher taxes, and fewer choices will do nothing to improve the quality and affordability of care in this country. ObamaCare has only just begun to show the incredible cost – monetary and otherwise – that it will have, adversely affecting our American health care system.
“Rather than granting government more authority in the lives of patients and their doctors, we must seek reforms that empower patients while advancing the principles of accessibility, affordability, and quality of care. The Empowering Patients First Act would provide the opportunity for all Americans to have health coverage, solve the insurance challenges of portability of health insurance and pre-existing illnesses and injuries, end the practice of defensive medicine with robust lawsuit abuse reform, all without putting the government in charge!
“Where ObamaCare believes in government, the Empowering Patients First Act believes in patients and their doctors. It ensures that individuals maintain control of their health care decisions. Patient-centered, positive solutions are at the core of moving our nation in the right direction. This bill does just that.”
See also our op-ed from Human Events published on October 10, 2011.