Rep. Gohmert Votes Against Deceptive 'Doc Fix,' Supports Fiscally Responsible Alternative Plan
WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2009 | Kate Thompson ((202)225-3035)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) criticized the House’s passage of an unfunded and deceptive “Doc Fix,” instead voting for and supporting a more fiscally responsible alternative plan that would not add to the deficit and protect doctors, seniors and future generations.
U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) criticized the House’s passage of an unfunded and deceptive “Doc Fix,” instead voting for and supporting a more fiscally responsible alternative plan that would not add to the deficit and protect doctors, seniors and future generations. Rep. Gohmert released the following statement:
“Doctors deserve a fair, transparent, and clean solution to counter the looming cuts to their Medicare reimbursement payments. They must have the financial means to be able to provide necessary, quality healthcare to our seniors, which is why I support addressing this issue and making sure our doctors and seniors are covered.
“However, the “Doc Fix” passed today is a gimmick, carved out of Speaker Pelosi’s healthcare bill to avoid being held accountable to promises made to the American people. This $280 billion “Fix” is unfunded and skirts PAY-GO rules, escalating our out-of-control deficit and adding dramatically to Medicare’s long-term unfunded liabilities. Coupled with Speaker Pelosi’s healthcare bill, this legislation brings the true cost of the Speaker’s healthcare debacle to an overwhelming $1.5 trillion, far beyond the price tag being advertised to the Americans and future generations who have to pay for it. The disingenuous manner in which this legislation has been packaged, presented, and passed belittles the needs and struggles of doctors and seniors and fails to offer a permanent solution.
“Doctors cannot be paid and provide services with IOU’s. That is why many of my colleagues and I support physicians and seniors with our “Doc Fix” alternative plan that is fully funded and reigns in the government’s deepening descent into explosive debt. Furthermore, it offers more appropriate payments to physicians than the version passed today and ensures that seniors’ access to quality, affordable healthcare is not sacrificed.”
Rep. Gohmert voted in favor of PAY-GO legislation but expressed his frustration with the Majority party’s failure to abide by its own standards. The “Doc Fix” alternative plan supported by the Congressman controls cost by offsetting it with savings from resources from the Medicare Improvement Fund and insurance administrative simplification. It would ensure that physicians are fairly and responsibly reimbursed by preventing the scheduled 21.2% cut in 2010 and the roughly 5% cuts in 2011, 2012, and 2013 from occurring while using the $26.3 billion in savings to address the cuts. In addition, it increases physician Medicare reimbursement by 2% each year for the next 4 years as opposed to the Democrats’ bill that provides only a 1.2% increase in 2010 and may still cause payment cuts in 2011.
To view video of Congressman Gohmert’s floor remarks, click here.