Points of View

House Republicans know that there is no way around it: our health care system is still broken. But it doesn’t have to stay broken. That’s why we stand ready with innovative, patient-first solutions for the American people. This week, we continued to offer those solutions – from the 21st Century Cures Act to the Empowering Patients First Act. We also addressed how Congress can make lawmaking more efficient – following the examples set by small businesses. Read some points of view below!

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Chairman Michael McCaul Discusses the Growing Threat of ISIS
Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto

“The other factor is the ability for them to go into what we call ‘dark space’ or ‘secure com’ where we have no ability to monitor their communications, even if we have a court order to do so.”

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Rep. Michael Burgess Says It’s Time To Modernize Medicine
ABC News 8, Inside Texas

“[the 21st Century Cures Act] tries to move us into the 21st century. The fact of the matter is that it does take too long in clinical trials – they are too long, they are too expensive. And you have real people, with real problems, waiting at the other end.”

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PN)
Rep. Tim Murphy Discussing His Landmark Mental Health Bill
CNN, New Day

“Compassion demands this. Reason demands we make some changes in these, not just the HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) laws, but providing for them, more hospital beds, more providers, sounder research in these areas, making sure federal dollars are spent well and wisely on this… we have to change this for the sake of family’s lives.”

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)
Rep. Ted Poe Discusses Legislation To Crack Down On Human Trafficking
ABC News 8, Inside Texas

“The United States has about 5000 animal shelters throughout the country. We don’t have anywhere close to that number of beds for child sex trafficking victims.”

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
When It Comes To Internet, Congress Should Follow Small Businesses’ Lead
The Hill

“It’s time for lawmakers to have the tools necessary to harness the power and interconnectivity of the Internet to boost productivity and communicate more easily with colleagues and constituents.

“We’ve seen firsthand how the policies we advance in the other Washington directly affect communities and businesses back home: empowering small businesses, reducing cumbersome regulations, and creating a climate in which entrepreneurs can succeed.

“While we have worked diligently to advance policies in Washington, D.C. that support continued growth of Internet-based innovation, it’s time for those of us in the nation’s capitol to look back into our communities for examples of how to integrate those same innovations into the business of lawmaking.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Rare Diseases Are Not A Rare Problem
Medium

“In addition to the struggle chronic and rare disease patients face, physicians, researchers, clinicians, and medical device companies (among others) deal with an outdated and overly burdensome regulatory structure. These regulations stifle the development of new cures and treatments, whether they are drugs, biologics, or devices.

“This is what 21st Century Cures Initiative is giving us: an opportunity to address some of the structural barriers to new cures and promote new ways to incentivize developments.

“My bipartisan bill (the Orphan Product Extensions Now Act) has the potential to help millions of people by incentivizing the testing of mainstream drugs — or repurposing them — to treat rare diseases and pediatric cancers, and it was included as a major provision in the 21st Century Cures Act.”

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
New Obamacare Privacy Threats Loom Large
Washington Examiner

“Last fall, we learned that healthcare.gov, the web portal for Obamacare’s federal exchanges, was successfully hacked. Making the situation even more disturbing was the fact that the federal government did not notice the cyberattack until weeks after it occurred.

“The Associated Press describes MIDAS (Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System) as a “vast data warehouse” that stores Obamacare applicants’ Social Security numbers, addresses, employment status and financial accounts, among other details. Worse, the administration reportedly launched MIDAS without a complete privacy assessment… the Obama administration ignored any mention of it in the healthcare.gov privacy policy.

“For all these reasons and more, I authored the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015. This right-to-know legislation would require the federal government to promptly inform you if your personal information was compromised on the federal healthcare exchanges.”

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Bipartisan Coalition Works For Small Businesses
Messenger-Inquirer

“At the beginning of 2016 – in less than six months – states will be forced to change the definition of “small group market” from 1-50 employees to 1-100 employees as a result of Obamacare. Employers with 51-100 employees will not be able to keep their existing health care plans or purchase and renew plans that do not conform to a substantial number of additional regulations.

“In response to this looming change, I led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in March in introducing H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act. H.R. 1624 will maintain the current definition of small group market, permanently defining it as 1-50 employees.

“If we do nothing and the definition of the small group marketplace is expanded as a result of Obamacare, consumer choice will be greatly limited and instability will ripple through the insurance market… two-thirds of individuals in the small group market would face an average premium increase of 18 percent in 2016 if this burdensome regulation is not fixed.”

Rep. French Hill (R-AR)
Critical Agreement
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“Passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is the first step to opening up markets to American goods and services, which will grow the economy and lead to more jobs, while simultaneously decreasing our trade deficit.

“TPA puts Congress in the driver’s seat at the negotiating table as well. TPA outlines 150 congressionally directed negotiating objectives for the administration to follow, including provisions to prevent the administration from seeking legislative changes to climate or immigration laws.

“Trade deals are not about disadvantaging America. Trade deals are about prying open new markets and promoting American products, increasing jobs in our country, increasing exports, and increasing our nation’s wealth.”

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Empowering Patients First Act Will Also Provide More Choices For Patients
Echoes Sentinel

“The Supreme Court’s decision (in King v. Burwell) could go either way but if the high court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, Congress will have the opportunity to replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions that use competition and innovation to drive down costs, crack down on frivolous lawsuits and reduce waste, fraud and abuse.

“I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act, legislation that fully repeals and replaces the President’s health care law… The legislation stands ready as a practical solution to stabilize our health care market should the Supreme Court rule against Obamacare.

“Passage of the Empowering Patients First Act would also address one of the main drivers of the high cost of health care by reforming the current medical liability system. It is estimated that the current broken system places a $210 billion burden on our Nation’s health system each year.”

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PN)
Why I Voted For Trade Promotional Authority
Erie Times

“Trade Promotion Authority is not a new concept and has been utilized by both Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses and administrations for decades. The bill would allow Senate-confirmed trade negotiators to hash out the intricate details of pending agreements.

“This legislation carries unprecedented oversight capabilities for Congress, which promote transparency, as we look to expand the ability of the United States to access new export markets.

“If we fail to engage in emerging markets, we limit the possibilities of our economic power, yielding to regimes that do not necessarily embrace our American values. An unseen value of trade, more often than not, is that it also lends to peace.”

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Bipartisan Support For Speeding Cures
Courier-Journal

“The 21st Century Cures Act will facilitate the high quality research that leads to ground-breaking cures and streamline the process of delivering those cures to the people who need them most.

“By contrast, the 21st Century Cures Act prioritizes patients over bureaucracy and encourages a personalized approach to medicine. By utilizing advances in technology, data analysis, and personalized medicine, it will strengthen clinical trials and safely bring more effective drugs and devices to the right patients faster and at lower costs.

“We came to Washington to help our constituents, to provide hope for the future, and to make the lives of all Kentuckians better. The 21st Century Cures Act gives us that chance.”