Excerpt: “Look, to Paul’s point this is the most predictable event in history. That is the debt crisis of the United States if we don’t act. And for the Democrats to be doing cartwheels in the parking lot is completely absurd. It has been since the governor of my home state Rod Blagojevich was indicted since they last passed a budget. So I think the country is road weary of the nonsense and the sniping. They want remedies and this is a remedy that moves forward.”
Excerpt: "WASHINGTON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment, Congressman Roskam addressed a comment from Scot Hansen on Facebook and an email from Harvey Randecker about the President’s healthcare reform law, specifically the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected panel of 15 bureaucrats that find ways to cut Medicare, affecting the doctor-patient relationship for seniors."
Excerpt: “It's a positive development to see more Americans finding jobs, but economic growth is still nowhere near where it should be. Millions are still out of work and the Administration refuses to budge from the same failed policies of raising taxes on job creators, denying job-creating energy projects like Keystone XL while investing in failed taxpayer-funded boondoggles, and adding trillions more in debt that threatens future generations. It's been over three years since the “stimulus” became law and national unemployment is still higher than the Administration promised it would ever get."
Excerpt: “I applaud the House for overwhelmingly passing the commonsense, bipartisan JOBS Act that will make it easier for American small businesses to launch, grow, and create jobs. Small businesses are hurt by barriers to capital and excessive, outdated bureaucrat-imposed regulations that hurt job growth. Small businesses are the engine of the American economy and they need better."
Excerpt: “I applaud the Ways & Means Committee for taking this important step in protecting seniors from a future of rationed healthcare. The IPAB is not a feasible solution to solve Medicare’s insolvency, but an ill-advised denial-of-care board empowering bureaucrats to decide reimbursement rates for doctors that will determine how they administer care to patients, affecting the doctor-patient relationship and leading to healthcare rationing. Doctors and patients should be the ones making decisions about their healthcare, not bureaucrats. Repealing the IPAB will help protect seniors from one of Obamacare’s most egregious components, and will bring us one important step closer to a full repeal of the President’s healthcare law.”
Excerpt: "WASHINGTON – Today the Chief Financial Officer of Naperville-based and family-owned Eby-Brown Co., Mark Smetana, testified in front of the House Ways & Means Committee regarding the treatment of privately-held businesses in the context of tax reform. Smetana previously served as the Chairman of the Private Company Policy Committee of Financial Executives International (FEI), a 15,000 member-company organization. Congressman Roskam asked Smetana to appear before the Ways and Means Committee today to hear from a Illinois-based private businessman.
Article: The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Harper
Excerpt: "At a hearing today on Capitol Hill, Illinois congressman Peter Roskam had this question for Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute: “Under IPAB, will healthcare providers ability to provide care to patients be affected by reimbursements being cut for particular services?” IPAB (the Independent Payment Advisory Board) is the fifteen-member board created by Obamacare to determine Medicare payments."
Excerpt: "Chief Deputy Whip Roskam: “Under IPAB, will healthcare providers ability to provide care to patients be affected by reimbursements being cut for particular services?” Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research: “I think it absolutely will.” Chief Deputy Whip Roskam: “Rationing as you know is not defined in the statute. Let me ask you this: can you have per se rationing based on what the Independent Payment Advisory Board makes decisions to reimburse?”Scott Gottlieb, M.D.: “Sure, you’re going to have payment driven so low in some settings that certain services won’t be available. Physicians won’t be available to take patients.”
Excerpt: "In suburban Chicago there is a company called Fellows Manufacturing. These are the folks behind the bankers boxes, shredding machines and so forth. Stellar reputation, 550 employees, and in a nutshell they eneterd into a joint venture in China in 2006, which went well for 3 years and then in 2009 it just devolved into a nightmare. The nightmare now has involved theft of their property, they’ve been locked out, and they’ve lost tools and it’s been dramatic, to say the least. They have now been involved in a Chinese court to try and seek justice and over the past year it's become increasingly murky. So my question – and your staff has again been really helpful on this – my question is: would you be willing to raise this? You know how this works, if the trade ambassador raises it, it has the imprimatur and you’re able to move the ball significantly based upon your personal attention. "