Letter to Health Subcommittee

The Honorable Frederica Wilson, Chair
The Honorable Tim Walberg, Ranking Member
U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
2176 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Chair Wilson, Ranking Member Walberg,and Members of the Subcommittee:
We write to extend our appreciation for holding this hearing on surprise billing. While we agree Congress should consider federal solutions to protect patients from receiving surprise bills, we urge the committee to reject legislation that proposes the expansion of government in the healthcare system through government-set rates. Doing this will be bad for the healthcare system and expose taxpayers to billions of dollars in added costs.

Giving government the power to forcefully set reimbursement rates for healthcare services administered to the privately insured is a step in the wrong direction for our country and will do more harm than good.We cannot continue to subject Americans to increased premiums and deductibles, surprise medical bills from narrow insurance networks, decreased patient choice, and limited access to care. Government forcing this approach on the private marketwill further distort the market and do little to protect Americans from rising healthcare costs or the limited coverage networks driving the increase in surprise medical bills. The country needs market-based solutions that foster competition and empower individuals to keep healthcare where it belongs –between patients and their doctors.

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance and a coalition of leading conservative groups sent a letter to Congress on March 27 to urge lawmakers to be vigilant of proposals that force them to choose between protecting patients with government-set rates and a healthcare system inclusive of limited government interference in privatized care. Consumers should be empowered to make their own healthcare decisions and have access to affordable care, a growing supply of healthcare providers and innovation that can achieve long-term quality improvements and cost reductions.

We urge you to oppose any legislation that would set America on the path towards a single-payer system with government rate-setting.

David Williams
CC: Members of the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions