For Immediate Release
February 10, 2020
Contact: Grace Morgan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) and the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) announced the start of a digital billboard and newspaper print ad campaign in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. thanking lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for their stand against government price-fixing in the U.S. healthcare system. Ads urging Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Martha Mc Sally (R-Ariz.) and House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) to follow their lead will also be running.
TPA president David Williams praised the efforts of anti-rate-setting lawmakers, noting, “too many Americans suffer from the scourge of surprise medical billing, receiving astronomical bills in the mail days or even weeks after discharge from a medical facility. These patients are the predictable casualties of a heavily-regulated healthcare system where insurance networks are far too narrow, resulting in out-of-network doctors attending to – and billing – patients at in-network medical centers. Obamacare made insurance networks more restrictive and left patients to foot the bill. Now, some lawmakers want to increase government involvement even more by implementing rate-setting across the country. We applaud members of Congress such as Majority Leader McConnell and Sens. Paul, Blackburn, and Sinema for rejecting price-fixing and urge other lawmakers such as Sens. Loeffler, Tillis, McSally, and Rep. Brady to follow their lead.”
Williams continued: “Even though these elected officials have gone out of their way to highlight the dangers of government ‘fixes’ to healthcare problems, proponents of rate-setting are as determined as ever to dictate prices to patients and physicians. Lawmakers promise patients that government rate-setting is the answer to surprise medical billing, but California’s disastrous experience shows otherwise. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other pro-rate-setting lawmakers want to export a 2017 law implemented by the California General Assembly to dictate prices to patients. But this law has only succeeded in increasing patient complaints and driving the consolidation of doctor’s offices across the Golden State. Scaling up this failed model nationwide would spell disaster for patients across the country, who have suffered enough already.”
Williams concluded: “We thank the many brave lawmakers who have pushed back against rate-setting and recognized the perils that come with increased government involvement in patients’ healthcare choices. More members of Congress must stand up to disastrous price-fixing proposals and TPA and CARS will continue to remind them of the dangers of socialized medicine.”