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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: October 16, 2017 03:03 PM
From: Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Urging Congress to Appoint a Task Force to Audit the American
 
MEMORANDUM




SUBJECT: Resolution: Urging Congress to Appoint a Task Force to Audit the American
Health Care System

In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution urging Congress to appoint a task force to audit the American health care system.

Health care costs in the United States continue to outpace every other industrialized nation, which drives the cost of doing business in the U.S. beyond other countries. The United States spends over $9,000 per capita on health care costs, an amount that is significantly more and, in many cases, double other countries. Despite the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, the United States still has the least number of people insured compared to similar countries. Even with insurance, many households who experience a major illness or injury remain vulnerable to depleting their savings leading to financial insecurity or bankruptcy.

My resolution takes constructive steps towards ascertaining the factors that drive health care costs in the United States and what can be done to lower those costs. My resolution urges Congress to organize a national health care reform task force consisting of experts from every segment of our health care industry. This task force would be charged to complete an assessment and compile a comprehensive report of its findings within a period of one year. The report would include information that would be used to understand the factors that drive health care costs, as well as make recommendations to Congress that would lower those costs and provide quality health care to far more American citizens. To date, over 30 million Americans still do not have any health care. All meetings, hearings and official discussions by the task force would be completely transparent and open to the public and media for evaluation and to encourage participation. In doing this transparently, we would offer contact numbers for people to provide real life experiences and offer solutions.

Pennsylvanians and Americans across the nation should not have to choose between life and death because they cannot afford their health insurance premiums or co-pays. My resolution will hopefully begin a factual and honest dialogue to substantially reduce the cost of health care, to truly make it affordable and therefore accessible to all Americans. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution.