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Congressman Jim Gerlach

PA-6

 

Congressman Jim Gerlach has proven himself to be a champion for Pennsylvanians when it comes to healthcare issues.

Medical Device Tax Repeal

Congressman Gerlach has sponsored legislation to repeal a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, buried in President Obama's health care bill which would raise $20 billion in revenue - something the Secretary of Health and Human Services called "modest." Economists found this new tax would result in 43,000 lost jobs and $3.5 billion in lost wages and benefits, an economic sector that has a large presence in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result of this tax, American manufacturers and research companies will pay the price, potentially moving their operations overseas and taking their jobs with them. Worse, patients who rely on everything from cardiac stents to artificial knees will not only see higher costs, but technological advances that could help these patients into the future will be slowed with this new financial burden.

● Enact Tort Reform

Congressman Gerlach has co-sponsored tort reform legislation to prevent expensive and frivolous lawsuits that unnecessarily drive up health care costs and insurance rates. Because medical professionals fear being slapped with a lawsuit, often times through no fault of their own, they are forced to order unnecessary additional tests and procedures which ultimately costs the health care system between $84-$115 billion every year according to the American Medical Association. In 60% of these cases, the plaintiff drops the lawsuit without payment, but medical professionals still must pay expensive legal fees that averaged roughly $22,000 in 2008.

● Prevention

Congressman Gerlach is a co-sponsor of the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2012 (H.R. 4165) and the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3269) both of which put a priority on protecting patients access to life-saving cancer screening exams to ensure that diseases are detected early to provide the best treatment possible. Early detection also results in less invasive produces and fewer hospitalizations, which saves money.

● Patient/Physician Relationship Instead of Faceless Bureaucrats

Congressman Gerlach is a sponsor of the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011 H.R. 452 which repeals sections of the President’s health care bill related to the establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to develop and submit proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending to the President for Congress to consider. The “recommendations” by this Board appointed by the White House would become law unless Congress overrides them. The composition of the Board of 15 individuals has only modest physician/healthcare provider representation, thus putting future healthcare decisions mostly in the hands of faceless bureaucrats.