Coalition Sends Letter to House Ways and Means Committee

The Honorable Richard Neal
Chairman
House Committee on Ways and Means
1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 

The Honorable Kevin Brady
Ranking Member
House Committee on Ways and Means
1139 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 

 Dear Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady, 

As you consider legislation to address surprise medical bills in the House Committee on Ways and Means we urge you to reject government price controls that would threaten access to patient care. The undersigned groups believe that the free market, and not government, is best suited to deliver quality healthcare to patients across the country. It is for this reason that the undersigned groups recently launched the Coalition Against Rate-Setting. 

Unfortunately, bills advanced by the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee include provisions to establish an artificial “benchmark” rate that would harm patients and the broader health care system. We urge you to reject all price controls, including a benchmarked (i.e. “median in-network”) rate, and other mechanisms that would result in more government control over healthcare. 

While the undersigned groups may have different opinions on the best way to address the pressing problem of surprise medical billing, we all believe that the federal government has a lengthy history of interfering in healthcare and making the problems it seeks to solve even worse. 

We urge you to reject price controls in your committee and empower patients, not the federal government. 

Sincerely,

Dan Clancy
Senior Fellow
Americans For Prosperity 

Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government 

Norman Singleton
President 
Campaign For Liberty 

Ryan Ellis
President
Center For A Free Economy 

Andrew F. Quinlan 
President 
Center for Freedom and Prosperity 

Jeffrey Mazzella
President 
Center for Individual Freedom 

David McIntosh
President
Club For Growth 

Thomas Schatz
President
Citizens Against Government Waste 

Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks 

Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America 

Mario H. Lopez
President 
Hispanic Leadership Fund 

Charles Sauer
President
Market Institute 

Brandon Arnold
Executive Vice President
National Taxpayers Union 

Tim Andrews
Executive Director
Taxpayers Protection Alliance 

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