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  • Members of the Tennessee Delegation Address the Health Care Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), along with members of the Tennessee delegation, sent the following letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction requesting they give full consideration to the potential results of further reductions to healthcare providers on our nation’s economy and employment: The Tennessee delegation in the House of Representatives strongly supports your efforts in leading the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Like you, we are ... Read more

  • More Financial Instability Revealed in the Health Care Law
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Friday’s announcement by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to dissolve the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act—a component of the new health care law—is another example of the many unsustainable aspects in the legislation. The president’s health care law threatens the good parts of our health care system and will only further insert government bureaucrats into health care decisions that should be made by the patient and their physician. The CLA... Read more

  • Honoring Our Troops & Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care, Veterans

    The war in Afghanistan hit the ten-year anniversary mark on Friday, as I journeyed to Afghanistan for a healthcare-focused Congressional Delegation to visit our troops and observe the conditions at the medical facilities. Ten years later, there is a lot of debate about the goals of this war as well as how long we should be there, but one thing is clear – we must ensure our troops are being taken care of and that they return home safely. Our service members who are fighting on the front lines to ... Read more

  • Should the Deficit Reduction Package Include Health Care Reform?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Tennesseans understand that the federal government has been living way beyond its means for too long, and that it is time to rein in wasteful Washington spending to reduce the deficit. As part of the Budget Control Act that passed in August, Congress appointed a deficit reduction committee – made up of both Democrats and Republicans – charged with proposing concrete recommendations that will reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion. As part of the deficit reduction package, I think we should act to e... Read more

  • Roe Asks Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Co-Chairs to Repeal the IPAB
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) sent the following letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction co-chairs Congressman Hensarling and Senator Murray asking that they consider repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): As you begin negotiating the deficit reduction package required by the Budget Control Act, I would respectfully ask that the committee consider repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). While not solving the immedia... Read more

  • Roe Gives Testimony on the IPAB
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) testified in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “IPAB: The Controversial Consequences for Medicare and Seniors”. Roe Testimony and Additional Background Click here to view Roe’s testimony and other hearing materials on the Energy and Commerce Committee website. ### Read more

  • Roe Statement on House Budget Committee Hearing: The Future of Medicare: An Examination of the IPAB
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement about the House Budget Committee hearing, “The Future of Medicare: An Examination of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)”: The president has already started implementing his plan for Medicare as part of last year’s health care law. First, he cut $500 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement program for government-run health care. Then, he created a rationing board known as the I... Read more

  • Another Flaw Revealed in the Health Care Law: Mystery Shoppers
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 7, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Recently the Obama administration created a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for Americans to obtain primary care. As a physician for over 30 years, I find this troubling because instead of creating solutions to fix the doctor shortage, the administration is spying on physicians. Through these mystery shoppers, the Obama administration is deceiving doctors’ offices – going as far to fabricate health problems... Read more

  • Roe’s Legislation to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board Reaches 150 Cosponsors
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement about Democratic and Republican support to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) through his legislation, H.R. 452: According to its own trustees, Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024, making it clear that Congress must work towards reforming the program without compromising care. However, the president’s solution to reform Medicare is to ration care through the IPAB. Created as part of t... Read more

  • Preserving & Protecting Medicare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Medicare is an important piece of our social safety net. Since its creation in 1965, Medicare has provided millions of senior citizens the care they need. The fact is, maintaining the status quo is not an option – the Medicare Trustees project that the program will be bankrupt by 2024, and the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that by the time our children are raising children, every dollar the federal government takes in will go towards paying for Social Security and gov... Read more