WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a video featuring free-market analysts and activists urging lawmakers to reject healthcare rate-setting. The video’s release comes almost exactly one month after a letter signed by more than 160 economists warned that government interference in healthcare via price-controls “would hurt access to care, especially for patients in rural areas.” Despite these warnings, lawmakers such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) are considering capping doctors’ pay as a part of the next phase of Coronavirus-related relief legislation during a time when doctors and nurses are being lauded for their heroic work in treating COVID-19 patients.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a letter signed by more than 160 economists opposing healthcare rate-setting in any legislation, especially any potential forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. In the letter, the economists warn that, “No matter the policy area, government price controls often result in shortages and market distortions. These outcomes should be avoided, especially when dealing with important health care services like emergency room visits and physician care.” The economists’ letter is timely given reports that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) want to insert healthcare price-fixing into “Phase 4” Coronavirus relief legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) urged Congress to keep the next Coronavirus relief bill clean and reject any attempts by lawmakers to institute rate-setting (price controls) as a way to “fix” surprise medical billing. Surprise medical billing occurs when patients discharged from an in-network hospital receive an out-of-network bill from an attending doctor. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) have indicated their willingness to insert rate-setting into the next relief bill to address this issue, despite well-documented evidence on the harms of healthcare price controls. CARS, a nationwide coalition of free market and consumer groups has doubled in membership from 14 in January to 29 today. A full listing of the organizations in CARS can be found here.
24 free-market groups sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership urging them to reject any attempt to include language in a Coronavirus legislative package that would seek to address surprise medical billing by creating a government-mandated benchmark (i.e. rate-setting) to determine out-of-network rates for physicians.
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.
The Coalition Against Rate Setting sent a letter to House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx. This letter urged members of the House Education and Labor committee to reject rate-setting as a solution to the issue of surprise medical bills.
The Coalition Against Rate Setting sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady. This letter urged members of the House Ways and Means committee to reject rate-setting as a solution to the issue of surprise medical bills.
Fourteen conservative groups are banding together to oppose any proposal that deploys a federal benchmark to resolve billing disputes between insurers and doctors — a solution physician and hospital groups have spent millions to also oppose, Rachel Roubein reports.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the launch of the “Coalition Against Rate-Setting” and a new website (noratesetting.org) that will fight against government attempts to meddle in the U.S. healthcare system.
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.