WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
“People across Eastern Washington elected me to lead – to put their best interests first, and to advocate for them in every way I can. After 17 short-term patches to the Sustainable Growth Rate in the past 11 years, today, in a bipartisan fashion, we governed. We eliminated this flawed formula and worked together to create a better health care system. A system that provides certainty for American seniors, children, and low-income families, and a system that saves taxpayer dollars while improving care. These broad, patient-centered reforms are a testament to the work we can do for the American people – the men and women who make this country great.
“In this spirit, as a proud member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, I look forward to continuing my efforts to advance 21st Century Cures – legislation which will further medical innovation and accelerate the discovery of cures. I commend my colleague, fellow Energy and Commerce Committee member Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), for his tireless efforts to improve health care for the American people. While the debate over how people access quality and affordable health care in this country is ongoing, today marks a step towards strengthening the future of Medicare reform, and a step towards helping people across the country access care.”