Committee on the Budget

Tom Price

VIDEO: Chairman Price on Innovation in Health Care

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We all want an innovative health care system. Sadly, right now we have a system that is punishing the innovators – driving up their costs through taxation and regulation. As a result, it is that much harder for patients to have access to new drugs or treatments that would increase the quality of care in this country. To break down barriers, we need to choose a better way with policies that support the innovative spirit in this country.

As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) explains in today’s video release:

“We need to tell the FDA and other governmental entities, we want you to incentivize; we want you to work alongside companies in our country to make it so that they’re able to create that better drug or that better service or that better product…We need to free up the companies in this country so that they’re not beholden to, they’re not limited by the bureaucracy that we have in Washington, D.C.”

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To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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Budget Committee Releases Working Paper on Making Budget Enforcement More Effective

2016/08/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Budget Committee released its fourth in a series of working papers focused on the Committee’s effort to overhaul the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and reform the congressional budget process. The paper follows a hearing the Committee held on June 22nd that examined how Congress can more effectively enforce the budget.

The working paper focuses on four main themes:

  • The Importance of Budget Enforcement
  • Pre-1974 Federal Budgeting
  • Basic Flaws in Current Practices and Potential Remedies
  • Other Enforcement Models

In its opening, the paper notes that budget enforcement is essential and critically important to Congress’s constitutional authority:

“A budget lacking enforcement is not a budget at all, and this dilutes Congress’s constitutional ‘power of the purse.’ The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 has several enforcement provisions, and Congress has adopted additional rules and statutes over the years to enforce budgetary goals. Most of these have failed, however, due to poor design or because they can easily be waived or circumvented. The result has been a cluster of ineffective budgetary rules that only make the budget process more complicated. The necessity of developing better budget rules is clearly evident. Enforcement regimes can be strengthened by streamlining rules, plugging loopholes, and changing defaults and incentives.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WORKING PAPER

To learn more about the House Budget Committee’s efforts to reform the congressional budget process, visit budget.house.gov/BudgetProcessReform.

Previous budget process reform working papers:

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VIDEO: Chairman Price on Medicaid

2016/08/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Medicaid program was created to make sure that those in our communities who are less fortunate from an economic standpoint are able to have health coverage. The reality is that the current program is one where Washington is dictating to the states what they must do in providing care to their Medicaid populations. The result: Medicaid patients are discovering that having health coverage does not mean having access to actual health care as they struggle to find physicians able to provide that care. Changes to the system must be made, and the solution is simple.

As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) explains in today’s video release:

“You make it so that the states that are in charge of the system are able to provide a flexible system for their patient population. The Medicaid system is made up of four different patient populations. It’s the elderly who are on the lower end of the economic spectrum; it’s the disabled; it’s healthy moms; and it’s kids…But what the federal government says to states is that you’ve got to treat each and every one of those individuals exactly the same when in fact they don’t have the same health challenges. So we think it’s important to allow the states to be able to utilize those resources that are there to provide care and coverage for the Medicaid population, to do so in a way that they define. They’re much closer to their Medicaid population. They know what they need.”

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Rather than a top down system that is not working for patients or states, House Republicans are proposing solutions that would allow Medicaid beneficiaries to access a system that would be more responsive, provide greater choices and a higher quality of care. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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Working Paper on Making Budget Enforcement More Effective

2016/08/23

The need for sound enforcement of spending and revenue is inherent in the practice of budgeting. A budget lacking enforcement is not a budget at all, and this dilutes Congress’s constitutional “power of the purse.” The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 has several enforcement provisions, and Congress has adopted additional rules and statutes over the years to enforce budgetary goals. Most of these have failed, however, due to poor design or because they can easily be waived or circumvented. The result has been a cluster of ineffective budgetary rules that only make the budget process more complicated. The necessity of developing better budget rules is clearly evident. Enforcement regimes can be strengthened by streamlining rules, plugging loopholes, and changing defaults and incentives. A key element in rewriting the Congressional Budget Act, therefore, is to develop successful and effective means of enforcing congressional budgets.

Read the full paper here.

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Price Statement on CBO’s Budget & Economic Outlook Update

2016/08/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026 showing rising annual deficits over the coming decade and lower economic growth than previously projected. CBO now projects a deficit of $590 billion, or 3.2 percent of GDP, in fiscal year 2016. This is $56 billion higher than the $534 billion deficit the agency projected in March.

“Poor economic policy contributes to a nation’s poor fiscal health. As CBO projects, the federal government is on track to amass trillions of dollars more in debt over the coming decade in no small part because the economy is on track to continue to underperform – to grow at rates far below our historical average. Why? Because of the failed policies of the Obama Administration – policies that have punished job creators and left middle class families behind. That is why House Republicans are proposing a better way forward for our nation with solutions that empower individuals, families, and businesses. We would solve our fiscal challenges and grow our economy so that all Americans have access to greater opportunities and a more secure future.”

To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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Price Statement on 20th Anniversary of 1996 Welfare Reforms

2016/08/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1996 welfare reforms:

“The signing of welfare reform 20 years ago today was an impressive moment in our nation’s history. It enacted policies that have helped millions of Americans. It also showed that government could, in fact, learn from its mistakes and choose to pursue solutions that work over a status quo that was failing.

“With the Obama Administration's efforts to roll back progress and weaken the positive reforms already made, we must restore what's been lost and move forward. There is more to be done to improve our nation’s safety-net programs so that every one of our fellow citizens who are struggling today can find opportunity and a path to a life of self-sufficiency. As before, House Republicans are leading the way. We are putting forward common sense policy proposals that would empower individuals and families, promote the value of work, provide states the flexibility to address the unique needs of their communities, and much more. We are demanding that government measure success by how many people have been able to rise up and out of poverty rather than how much money Washington has spent. Above all, we are listening to those in need and those who are on the front lines fighting poverty every day and doing extraordinary work.”

Chairman Price is a member of the Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, & Upward Mobility that took part in developing a set of proposals to fight poverty and improve the nation’s safety-net – as part of the House Republicans’ A Better Way agenda. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

In October of last year, the House Budget Committee held a hearing focused on “Restoring the Trust for America’s Most Vulnerable” – one of a series of hearings the committee has held as part of its Restoring the Trust for All Generations initiative that is aimed at raising awareness about the fiscal and policy challenges facing our nation’s health, retirement, and economic security programs. To learn more about this effort, go to Restore-Budget.House.Gov.

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VIDEO: Chairman Price on Medicare

2016/08/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Medicare is a promise that has been made to current and future seniors. It’s a promise that ought to be kept. Unfortunately, right now, it is a promise that is going broke. According to the Medicare trustees, the program’s hospital insurance trust fund will be insolvent in 2028. Doing nothing is not an option. The good news: we have other options.

As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) explains in today’s video release:

“You can’t continue the current system, because the current system is going broke. So we believe that we need to transition to a system that allows seniors the opportunity to be able to stay in the Medicare system voluntarily if that’s what they want to do. Or, to transition to a kind of coverage that they select – again, voluntarily – for themselves. Something that might provide better coverage for them; might provide more wellness coverage for them or preventative services for them…something that’s much more responsive to them.”

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By putting in place policies that provide seniors more choices, we can have a system that not only guarantees Medicare will continue in the years to come but also saves money for beneficiaries and American taxpayers.

It is reckless and irresponsible for Washington to put the health security of seniors in jeopardy by letting Medicare continue down the road to insolvency. That is why House Republicans have a plan to save, strengthen, and secure this important program for today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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VIDEO: Chairman Price on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

2016/08/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the heart of our health care system is the doctor-patient relationship. It is that trusting relationship that drives quality care. When the federal government, however, decides to exert an ever greater level of influence over the practice of medicine – as we have seen under Obamacare – then the doctor-patient relationship is threatened and the quality of care is potentially compromised.

As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) – who spent over 20 years taking care of patients – explains in today’s video release:

“You as a patient need to know that your doctor is looking out for you. You need to know that when you ask your doctor a question that they’re responding to you in a way that is informed by their experience, their expertise, and their education…If we destroy that trusting relationship, we harm the quality of health care for this nation in ways that really are difficult to calculate. That’s why the doctor-patient relationship is so important. You need to know that what your doctor is recommending for you is exactly what he or she believes is right for you based upon education and science, not based upon what Washington is telling them he or she must do.”

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The patient-centered solutions that House Republicans have introduced honor the doctor-patient relationship so as to protect and enhance the quality of health care in our nation. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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VIDEO: Chairman Price on Pre-Existing Conditions

2016/08/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – No one should be denied access to the health insurance market – even if they have a pre-existing illness, a bad diagnosis or injury. Those most at risk of being priced out of the market are those who purchase their insurance as an individual or small group – roughly 18 million Americans.

There are two ways to go about making sure that those in these smaller insurance markets have access to health care coverage no matter their health status. You can impose mandates and dictates from Washington – like the current system does – or you can create a system that actually works for patients.

As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) explains in today’s video release:

“If one person in a small group – a group of three to five people or an individual out there buying their own coverage – if they have a bad diagnosis, then their insurance rates skyrocket. So how do you make it so that those individuals are not threatened by that? You make it so that they look like everybody else from an insurance standpoint. We would allow all those individuals to pool together…into groups of hundreds of thousands or a million or more individuals, so they get the purchasing power of millions. What happens then is that it makes it so that no one individual’s adverse health status drives up the cost for anybody else.”

And there’s more – including solutions to ensure no one can be denied coverage even if they change insurance providers.

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House Republicans know there is a Better Way to protect those with pre-existing conditions, and it starts with a health care system that is responsive to patients, not dictated to by mandates from Washington. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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VIDEO: Chairman Price on the Cost Drivers in Health Care

2016/08/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For many Americans – individuals, families, and job creators – the high cost of health care is a serious financial burden. It is also a key contributor to the federal government’s rising debt. To address this challenge, it is important to first understand what is driving the cost of health care in America. In a video released today, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) outlines the three biggest cost drivers in health care – taxation, regulation, and litigation – and then a fourth element that’s somewhat unique in its effect on the cost of health care.

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On taxation:

“Folks who provide health care are running a business. We tax those businesses at the highest rate in the industrialized world; and all those taxes, they’re passed on to the patients, and passed on to the folks receiving the care.”

On regulation:

“The regulatory oppression that is happening in the area of health care, right now, drives up the cost for every single patient…Whoever it is that is providing the care. Each and every one of those individuals or those entities has a huge, long list of regulations that they must comply with. We think regulations are important. But, we think it’s important to make certain that each and every one of those regulations has an honest, realistic sense that if that regulation is complied with, if it’s followed, then it actually results in a higher quality of care, a better level of care.”

On litigation:

“The whole issue of lawsuit abuse in our country is really significant in driving up the cost… There are varying estimates about what the cost to society is of the practice of defensive medicine but realistic studies…estimate that it is somewhere between one out of every three or one out of every four health care dollars spent every single year in this country. That means it’s between $600 and $800 billion a year wasted on the practice of defensive medicine.”

And then there’s a lack of competition:

“Really there’s no competition because the prices are set by and large by the federal government or by the insurance companies. That’s an area that if we were to have that dynamism of a patient-centered market it would allow for real competition in the system that would also drive down costs.”

Thankfully, House Republicans have a plan, a Better Way to address the cost drivers in health care – solutions that put patients, families, and doctors in charge. To learn more, go to Better.GOP.

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Tom Price

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Tom Rice

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