Coalition Against Rate-Setting Announces Addition of New Groups

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020
Contact: Grace Morgan
(202-855-4380)

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) welcomed several state-based think tanks as new members of the coalition. These groups include: Idaho Freedom Foundation, Mississippi Center for Public Policy, Pegasus Institute (Kentucky), Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and the Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico). The newly-added members have expressed strong opposition to lawmakers using federal rate-setting, or price controls, to “solve” the issue of surprise medical billing. These provisions are included in legislation that has been considered by several House and Senate committees. 

Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams praised the new member organizations for joining the fight against rate-setting, noting:

“After being discharged from the hospital, the last thing that patients want or need is an unexpected bill in the mail totaling hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Yet insurance companies have continued to force doctors out of their networks with low reimbursement rates, leaving providers and patients with few options and high prices. Decades of failed federal policies have only made the situation worse, yet members of Congress still believe that they can ‘fix’ this pressing problem via federal fiat. Fortunately, the organizations that have recently joined our effort realize the folly of having the government fix prices and dictate the quality of healthcare.” 

Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for FreedomWorks, also welcomed the new members saying:

“Each of these groups brings their own expertise on healthcare and knows that price controls and rate-setting will only exacerbate the problems in America’s healthcare system. Particularly in the case of ‘surprise billing,’ this a creature of the ACA since insurers narrowed their provider networks in response to increased costs. Proposals to fix prices don’t address the underlying problem and may only make it worse.” 

On joining the Coalition, Pegasus Institute Executive Director Joshua Crawford stated:

“CARS has been holding the line opposing destructive price controls since its formation and I am proud to join the fight. Using rate setting to ‘fix’ surprise billing is both bad economics and fundamentally unconservative. Living in a rural state, it would be particularly detrimental to our healthcare system.” 

Mississippi Institute for Public Policy President & CEO Jon L. Prichard also added that:

“Direct government intervention in healthcare is how we got into this mess. Because we didn’t trust the market mechanisms, now nobody knows what any product or service is worth. Federal price controls will not make things better.” 

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