Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immediately assess the public risk posed by the influx of unaccompanied migrant children across the southern border. The minors who’ve recently overwhelmed U.S. border control infrastructure – many of which are being transported to shelters around the country – have raised massive concern about mitigating the diseases they bring with them.
“We cannot afford to wait for this to become a full-blown health crisis,” said Gingrey. “As a physician for more than 30 years, I know that these diseases pose great danger to our citizens and can spread too rapidly to control. Our leaders must act swiftly to get ahead of this threat before it gets out of hand, and give the American people the information they deserve on the dangers it poses to their health.”Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first antibacterial medication aimed at stopping the rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant “Superbugs,” which were previously impervious to available treatments. The new drug, Dalvance (dalbavancin), is the first Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) to be approved for human consumption under Reps. Phil Gingrey, M.D., and Gene Greene’s Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act – a bipartisan effort to defeat the threat of these drug-resistant infections.
Rep. Gingrey: “The GAIN Act has been a great success for the medical community and their patients. The approval of Dalvance is a momentous step in mitigating the risk antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses to patients, and will spur greater investment in future treatments to help fight this ever-increasing public health threat.”
Rep. Greene: “For too long, new drugs have been scarce, while resistant bacteria have become rampant. GAIN was a critical first step in addressing the need for newer and more effective antibiotics and this approval marks the first success of the law. As we celebrate this achievement, we must not abandon our commitment to addressing the anemic antibiotic pipeline and barriers to research, development and innovation of new and better antimicrobials to treat the increasing number of drug-resistant infections.”Read More
Today, H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 238-181. After passage, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., applauded his colleagues’ efforts to repair the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR), and delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for five years. Since its enactment in 1997, Congress has had to pass 16 legislative patches to prevent physician payment cuts which would have endangered seniors’ access to quality healthcare.
“This is a critical step towards replacing this flawed formula and protecting Americans from Obamacare’s harmful impact,” said Gingrey. “As Obamacare threatens doctors with skyrocketing costs that threaten their practices, and individual health insurance consumers stare down the barrel of its penalties, this legislation couldn’t be more timely for the whole of our health care industry.”Read More
In the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s “Messing with Success: How CMS’ Attack on the Part D Program Will Increase Costs and Reduce Choices for Seniors” hearing today, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., criticized the Obama administration’s recent action to gut the Medicare Part D program. The proposed rule would result in raised costs and fewer health care options for senior patients.
“It is befuddling that the Obama administration would attack a free-market program that is so clearly working,” said Rep. Gingrey. “The pattern of sacrificing the quality of health care to bring more government control to Medicare programs must stop. This move is yet another example of the administration’s willingness to ignore the intent of written law. This time, it’s our seniors that will be hit the hardest. I will remain steadfast in the fight to preserve the Medicare Part D program for the benefit of our seniors while opposing unilateral executive rulemaking that ignores constitutional separations of power.”Read More
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today voted in favor of H.R. 3865, the “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act,” a measure which passed in the House of Representatives by a 243-176 margin. The bill, which Rep. Gingrey co-sponsored, prohibits the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from finalizing their proposed regulations that significantly limit First Amendment rights of 501(c)(4) organizations.
“Even after being caught red-handed last year, the Obama administration still hasn’t learned its lesson,” said Rep. Gingrey. “Today’s vote is a critical step in holding the IRS accountable. Its latest proposed rule
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today introduced theEducational Freedom Act, which would ensure that the federal government is prohibited from directly or indirectly mandating state and local academic standards and curricula.
“We can’t continue to allow the Obama Administration to strong-arm our state into accepting its one-size-fits-all education plan,” said Gingrey. “Conditioning federal funding from the Race to the Top Fund and No Child Left Behind waivers is nothing more than a political tactic to let federal bureaucrats into schools with the intention of establishing a federal curriculum. This bill is critical to protecting the future of our children by ensuring that local educators and parents – not Washington paper-pushers – are the ones making classroom decisions.”
Common Core was initially developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers as a set of education standards that states’ could voluntarily adopt. However, the Obama Administration and Education Secretary Arne Duncan used the Race to the Top Fund to encourage and incentivize states to adopt the standards. Furthermore, the Department of Education used waivers from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind as a means to coerce states to adopt Common Core.
Last July, Georgia announced it would not offer the standardized assessment tied to Common Core, citing cost concerns. In August, Governor Deal ordered a review of Common Core standards and asked the State Board of Education to formally un-adopt parts of the program.Read More
In light of the Obama administration’s disclosure of health insurance marketplace enrollment numbers yesterday, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., responded to data showing significantly low rates of younger, healthier, American enrollees. The report shows a trend that – over time – will cause the cost of health insurance to increase even more.
“Yet-again, the Obama administration couldn’t hit the mark and patients will be footing the bill,” said Gingrey. “The idea of relying on younger Americans to prop up Obamacare has been delusional ever since the law was shoved through Congress. This generation of young professionals is already faced with underemployment, record school debt, and less economic opportunity. They can’t be expected to overpay for coverage they don’t even need. The reality is that this law was always going to be a ‘train wreck,’ and was always going to cost more than President Obama promised.”Read More
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement calling on the President to support a one-year Obamacare mandate delay:
“The public policy debacle that has been the so-called “Affordable Care Act” has compromised the health care plans of millions of Americans and the more we learn about this bill Washington passed without reading it, the worse it gets. The bottom line is the President made a gamble that Washington could effectively administer health care in America and he lost. Unfortunately, working Americans are paying the price.
“The least he could do is acknowledge these very real hardships and support a one-year delay in Obamacare mandates for all Americans. Delaying this disastrous law for one year for all patients, taxpayers, and job creators is the first step towards ensuring it’s permanently delayed.”Read More
Below are extended remarks by Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., recognizing the 377th birthday of the U.S. National Guard.
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the United States National Guard as they celebrate 377 years of selfless sacrifice to our great nation.
The National Guard pre-dates all other active U.S. military branches. On December 13, 1636, what we have come to know as the National Guard was formed as a colonial militia, made up of ordinary citizens who stood to protect their communities. From their service in the Revolutionary War where they stood their ground during the opening shots at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge, to valiantly fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Guard has participated in every major American conflict. All Guardsmen are combat-trained, and while abroad they serve in combat missions, build schools and hospitals, and train local peacekeepers.
National Guard members have established a proud history and tradition of service in all 50 states, organized territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Today’s force is comprised of both Army and Air Force divisions and has grown to nearly 500,000 soldiers strong.
The National Guard in my home state of Georgia will hold a special celebration at Clay National Guard Center, giving special recognition to its retirees, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, and displaying many of its units’ specialized training.
Mr. Speaker, it is with sincere gratitude that I extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to our servicemen and women in the National Guard for their sacrifice and hard work to protect our way of life.Read More
Reps. Phil Gingrey, M.D., (R-GA), Gene Green (D-TX), G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), John Shimkus (R-IL), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) today introduced The Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act of 2013. This legislation is a successor to the GAIN Act, introduced by Gingrey, Green and others, and signed into law last year. The ADAPT Act advances drug development in order to combat the growing public health threat of “superbugs,” which the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warned of earlier this year.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D.: “Since the GAIN Act was signed into law, it has played an important role in restoring antibiotic development. The ADAPT Act is an important next step in the effort to fight antimicrobial resistance, and I’m grateful for Congressman Green’s and my other colleagues’ efforts on this legislation. As a physician for more than 30 years, I understand the critical need for life-saving medical treatments. The ADAPT Act provides incentives for investment and innovation and is another step forward in developing treatments for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections.”
Rep. Gene Green: “I am proud to be joined by health policy leaders from both sides of the aisle in introducing this important bill, especially my friend Representative Phil Gingrey. “For decades, antibiotics have been taken for granted, but their effectiveness is waning and the pipeline for new drugs is running dry. We need to invest in new, effective antibiotic therapies in order to combat serious and life-threatening drug-resistant infections. The ADAPT Act, will build on the success of the GAIN Act, and serve as the next important step in advancing the development of new antibiotics.”Read More
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Congressman Phil Gingrey was born and raised in Augusta. After graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, he moved to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. Phil co-oped his way through college, and completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry. With a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia Tech, Phil returned home to Augusta to attend the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Gingrey completed his internship at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and his residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He also completed a rotation during this time at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus.
Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Gingrey moved his young family to Mariettawhere he set up a pro-life OB-GYN practice. For 26 years, Phil built a successful practice and delivered more than 5,200 babies.
Phil is deeply involved in his community. He volunteers regularly at Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides free medical care for patients without health insurance or who are unable to afford care, and actively supports the March of Dimes. His community service has been recognized with the Leadership Cobb and the Earnest Barrett Outstanding Leadership Award. He served on the Marietta City School Board, including three terms as chairman, and in the State Senate. In 2002, he was elected U.S. Congressman for Georgia’s 11th District.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Gingrey is working to improve healthcare for all Americans, protect our nation, create jobs, fight for the life of the unborn and improve education. He is committed to lowering taxes for hardworking Georgians and protecting the traditional values so important to Northwest Georgia.
Congressman Gingrey currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he utilizes his background as a physician to help shape our nation’s health care policy. He also serves on the House Administration Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight. Congressman Gingrey was also recently selected to serve on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission). During his previous terms in Congress, Phil has served on the Armed Services Committee, the Rules Committee, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Science and Technology Committee. In the 110th Congress, Phil served as Ranking Member of the Science Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.
As Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, Phil works with 21 medical providers in Congress to develop patient centered, patient driven healthcare reforms focused on quality, access, affordability, portability, and choice. The GOP Doctors Caucus Members continue to utilize their unique experiences and medical expertise to help reform and strengthen the healthcare system in the United States. Congressman Gingrey has been a driving force in the fight to repeal Obamacare, and continues working hard to reduce waste and fraud in the Medicare system.
Phil and his wife, Billie, have been married for 43 years. They have been blessed with 4 children, Billy, Gannon, Phyllis and Laura Neill, and 13 grandchildren. The Gingreys attend St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta.
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