Fitzpatrick, Physicians Talk Health Care Policy

Aug 27, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Health
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (center) meets with local physicians at his District Office in Langhorne on Monday
Fitzpatrick, Physicians Talk Health Care Policy

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) hosted local physicians Monday for a roundtable discussion on the changing landscape of national health care policy and the President’s healthcare law.

“As I’ve traveled around the district this August Work Period- including my visits to nearly 50 businesses - one thing I’ve heard consistently is the concern our neighbors share regarding the state of health care,” said Fitzpatrick. “With that in mind I’ve brought together physicians from across the district to hear their thoughts and concerns.”

The roundtable focused on wide-ranging topics inside the medical community, including: Liability reform, burdensome regulations and bureaucracy, and improvements required to achieve the goal of delivering health care to Americans. Chief among concerns of those in attendance was the implementation of the president’s Affordable Care Act.

“This meeting allowed me to sit down with those we trust to keep us healthy,” continued Fitzpatrick. “What I heard was not particularly encouraging - more concern, more confusion, and a belief that the president’s law fails to tackle some of the real problems facing America’s health care, including ending the practice of defensive medicine.”

Fitzpatrick has introduced legislation along with Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) that would continue consumer protections found in the Affordable Care Act if the law were to be repealed. Protections include keeping children on parental insurance plans until 26, as well as, covering pre-existing conditions. The House has voted to repeal or defund all, or parts, of the Affordable Care Act - often with bipartisan support. The president has signed seven repeal bills into law at this time.

“There is real work that needs to be done to ensure Americans are receiving the best, most cost effective health care possible,” added Fitzpatrick. “My hope is that the national conversation can turn from debating or propping up a confusing law, to working on real patient center reforms that work for our neighbors, our doctors, and our nation’s budget.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.