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  • A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Achieve Health Care Reform
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Yesterday, Governor Haslam announced that the state of Tennessee would not expand Medicaid as envisioned by President Obama under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government’s insistence on a one-size-fits-all approach under Medicaid is a poor solution for solving our health insurance access problems, especially given the access problems so many of our citizens already face under this program. The governor’s preferred approach – to use federal dollars to expand Tennesseans’ access to private... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Medicaid Expansion Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement regarding Governor Haslam's decision not expand Medicaid in the state of Tennessee: “I applaud the Governor’s decision. Expanding a broken system would do more harm than good. The Affordable Care Act left states with a great set of challenges and I don’t envy the difficult decision the governor had to make. I have a great deal of respect for Governor Haslam, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to find c... Read more

  • Health insurance exchanges burden states with new slew of regulations
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Across the country, states and individuals are dealing with the new regulations and costs being imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly known as ObamaCare. Among the most burdensome regulations states face is making the decision of whether or not to set up state-based health insurance exchanges. President Obama may be trying to rebrand these exchanges by referring to them as marketplaces, but the same truth still exists: these exchanges will strain states... Read more

  • Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), which ironically is unaffordable, is also bad medicine for America. The president predicted that after passing the ACA premiums would be cut by $2,500, but instead the average premium has increased by more than $3,000. You’ve probably read about the 21 new taxes the law imposes and how the law cuts more than $700 billion out of Medicare to fund a new entitlement. But one of the worst parts of the ACA is one you may not know about—the creation of an en... Read more

  • Roe Reintroduces IPAB Repeal Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on H.R. 351, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act. This legislation would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): “I am proud to reintroduce this important legislation. As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of this board to intervene in the patient-doctor relationship particularly troubling. I believe my bill is a testament to the fact that members of Co... Read more

  • Roe Urges Speaker Boehner to Include IPAB Repeal in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN) sent the following letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to repeal the IPAB as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations: “As you continue negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff, I ask that you include repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) among any entitlement reforms you propose to President Obama. With the IPAB process set to begin on April 30, 2013, now is the time to eliminate one of the worst excesses of the Affordable Care Act... Read more

  • The Affordable Care Act Proving Unaffordable For States
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    In 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said to find out what was in President Obama’s health care bill Congress would have to pass it. After nearly three years, it has become obvious why Congressional Democrats wanted to hide the facts from the public before the president’s health care bill became the law. You’ve probably read about the 21 new taxes the bill requires in an effort to impose an individual insurance mandate, and how the law cuts more than $700 billion out of Medicare to fund a... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Tennessee’s Decision Not to Set Up Health Insurance Exchange
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN) released the following statement on Tennessee’s decision not to set up a health insurance exchange: “Governor Haslam’s decision further underscores the challenges not just for Tennessee, but nationwide, that will stem from the president’s health care law. I trust the Governor’s leadership, and I look forward to working with him to improve the health of Tennesseans. “Because of our failed experiment with TennCare, Tennessee is no stranger to the u... Read more

  • New Health Care Challenges Coming With New Year
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As 2012 comes to a close, we face many challenges: averting the fiscal cliff that could send us spiraling back into a recession, tackling our crippling deficit and the dire need to balance our budget. But equally worrisome are the sweeping changes coming to our health care system in the new year. These changes include: more premium increases, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) starting to look for ways to cut Medicare, payment cuts to physicians, and the cuts to Medicare required by t... Read more

  • School Lunches Should Be Filled with Nutrition, Not Red Tape
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    Have you ever wondered how school administrators decide what goes into school lunches? As is the case with most federally-run programs, there’s a thick stack of instruction papers for that. On the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webpage for the Food and Nutrition Services Department, you can find a copy of the 81-page rule that sets nutrition standards. According to the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) analysis and explanation of the latest rule for school lunch nutrition standards, ... Read more