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. "
Excerpt: "The question is: Where are we and why are we here? Well, we are at 3 and a half dollars a gallon right now and there is really no end in sight. In the past year in the Midwest gas prices have spiked up a dollar and a half a gallon. But it really should be no surprise that we’re here, and the reason it's no surprise is we’ve got an Administration that is running an energy policy to benefit political allies. Think about it: The President of the United States says no to the Keystone Pipeline and yes to Solyndra, literally spending hundreds of millions of dollars for fringe projects that ultimately went bankrupt and didn’t help anybody. It sure didn’t help us."
Article: The Weekly Standard by Daniel Halper
Excerpt:"Sixty percent of employers said they offered medical benefits this year, a decrease from 69 percent in 2010." Yet today, in testimony on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obamacare is not the reason there's been a drop in employer-sponsored health care coverage: his was the question asked by Illinois congressman Peter Roskam: "How about when the president said you can keep your health care coverage if you like it? And yet, the reality is, according to Bloomberg at least, 9 percent fewer businesses are offering medical coverage than in 2010. There the rhetoric didn’t meet the reality, did it?"
Excerpt: “Right now, excessive Washington bureaucrat-imposed regulations are preventing American innovation, stalling economic growth, and killing jobs. With national unemployment still stuck at over 8 percent, Washington has to stop being a barrier to job creation so entrepreneurs and small businesses can succeed, grow, and hire in the U.S The bipartisan JOBS Act does just that by removing barriers many start ups face to present a less burdensome path forward, like Whip Kevin McCarthy’s bill to repeal the solicitation ban on companies trying to raise capital. Small businesses are the engine of the American economy; let’s stop Washington from hurting them.”
Article: Washington Times by Emily Miller
Excerpt: "Republicans on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee aren't impressed with the corporate tax reform plan released by White House Wednesday. "While some of the president's proposal moves in the right direction, perverting the tax code further with more loopholes to help allies - picking more political winners and losers - won't help our economy a bit," Rep. Peter Roskam, the chief deputy whip, told The Washington Times."
Excerpt: Roskam: “The Administration has basically come up with an energy policy that rewards his political allies. He has put Solyndra on top of Keystone… [The White House is essentially saying] we're going to cater to a radical environmental base, which is completely on the fringe of the energy discussion. We're going to kowtow to them as opposed to trying to lower energy prices for the rest of the country.”