The Division of Well being and Human Companies Secretary Xavier Becerra is lastly testifying earlier than Congress this week. Republicans are desirous to ship him an essential message: Individuals’ well being care is private, and Democrats’ one-size-fits-all, “Washington is aware of greatest” strategy is doing little to advertise a more healthy future for our nation. We have now proposals to assist all Individuals dwell higher, more healthy, and longer lives by guaranteeing entry to new cures, transformational medical improvements, and decreasing out-of-pocket spending on medicine.
Within the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have realized so much in regards to the ways in which we will enhance our well being care system. To place these classes into motion, Home Republicans have created the Republican Wholesome Future Activity Pressure to develop constructive, commonsense options to enhance the well being of all Individuals at present and sooner or later.
We perceive that an 80-year-old widow on Medicare has completely different well being wants than a 35-year-old single mother. Somebody dwelling in rural America has completely different issues about accessing well being care than our neighbors in city areas.
One space particularly the place the Biden administration is falling quick is on remedies and cures, particularly for illnesses with clinically unmet wants. Throughout his testimony earlier than Congress, Secretary Becerra will probably be compelled to publicly justify why he’s let Biden’s bureaucrats block entry to Alzheimer’s medicine, minimize off seniors’ entry to modern medical units, and why he’s did not safe America’s medical provide chains.
Against this, our “remedies and cures” subcommittee—one in every of 5 working teams that make up the Wholesome Future Activity Pressure—has sought out actual options.
We have now spoken on to Individuals about their well being care issues, held roundtables with medical doctors and researchers, and heard how the Biden administration has stood in the best way of remedies that would assist sufferers. We have now developed options based mostly on these conversations.
First, the U.S. should stay a world chief in innovation and breakthrough cures, and sufferers should be capable of entry them shortly. The Biden administration just lately took steps to considerably prohibit seniors’ entry to the primary new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly twenty years. In addition they stopped a Trump-era coverage to present seniors well timed entry to new well being applied sciences. When Republicans take again management in Washington, we plan to forestall bureaucrats from overruling medical doctors’ selections and can take away limitations sufferers face to medical improvements with out undermining affected person security. We are going to prioritize giving seniors entry to new improvements and diagnostics, like blood assessments that may detect extra cancers and infections at earlier levels considerably bettering affected person outcomes, extending survivability, and decreasing well being care prices.
Second, through the COVID-19 pandemic, we noticed the injury wrought on the nation by our reliance on China and different strategic adversaries for almost all of our nation’s private protecting gear, prescription drugs, and medical units. We are able to appropriate this. Republicans have launched laws that might safe America’s medical provide chains and create good, high-paying jobs in america on this important sector. America can and will proceed to be the world’s chief in medical innovation and superior medical manufacturing.
Lastly, Home Republicans will go H.R. 19, the “Decrease Prices, Extra Cures Act,” which incorporates 36 bipartisan provisions. Amongst different insurance policies, the invoice lowers prices for medicines delivered in a health care provider’s workplace, caps out-of-pocket drug spending for seniors, and permits Individuals with high-deductible well being plans to pay much less for sure companies and prescriptions.
We are able to accomplish this with out permitting bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. to place a value on a affected person’s life. Republicans reject the Democrats’ poisonous thought of rationing look after the aged, individuals with disabilities, and people with persistent circumstances. We imagine that is basically incorrect – all lives are valuable, have worth, and deserve care.
Our strategy guarantees a more healthy future for all and is a vital a part of Republicans’ forthcoming dedication to America that can present the American individuals with a imaginative and prescient for a brand new Republican majority.
Rep. John Joyce is a co-chair of the GOP Docs Caucus and a member of the Vitality and Commerce Subcommittee on Well being, earlier than being elected to Congress, Dr. Joyce operated a dermatology apply for over 25 years in his hometown of Altoona, Pa. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M., represents Ohio’s 2nd District within the U.S. Home of Representatives, the place he serves as a co-chair of the GOP Docs Caucus. He additionally serves as a Colonel within the U.S. Military Reserve and is an Iraq Warfare veteran, the place he served as a fight surgeon. Rep. Bruce Westerman is rating member of the Home Pure Sources Committee and a member of the Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.