Westerman Joins AEI to Discuss Fair Care Act
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) spoke about the Fair Care Act at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) event titled, “After Repeal and Replace: the Fair Care Act and the 2020 Campaign Plans.” Westerman gave the following remarks:
“Health care consistently polls for most Americans as a top area of concern. It counts for one-fifth of the U.S. economy and a quarter of federal spending, and it’s driving our deficit problems with no end in sight.... You can’t just paint with a broad brush with a country as big and diverse as ours, because it really causes disruptions.
“The Fair Care Act, or H.R. 1332, has two primary goals: increase the number of people covered and lower the per capita cost of those that are being covered. I address public and private payers, drug prices, provider competition, as well as health care innovation… We’ve gathered more ideas to put into it, and we’re going to expand on the ability for consumers and beneficiaries to choose what health care options work best for them.
“America realizes we can do a better job. People are willing to give some things up to get stability and get a good plan going forward. We’ll never get a health care bill that everybody agrees 100 percent on, but I do think we’ve got a great framework here that we can build on and gain bipartisan support.”
Westerman introduced the Fair Care Act on Feb. 25, 2019. The bill aims to simultaneously expand coverage, reduce federal spending and cover those with preexisting conditions. The Fair Care Act’s five sections address private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid reforms, improved access to generic products, more competition and fewer hospital monopolies and expanded health care innovation.
Westerman plans to introduce an updated version of the Fair Care Act by the end of 2019.
Other participants in the panel discussion included:
Avik Roy, president, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
James Capretta, resident fellow, AEI
Lanhee Chen, David and Diane Steffy research fellow, Hoover Institution
Kavita Patel, nonresident fellow, Brookings Institute
Karen Pollitz, senior fellow, Kaiser Family Foundation
To watch the full event, click here.