POLICY BRIEFINGS


Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - JANUARY 17, 2011


Republicans Target PPACA


Delaying legislative business for a week after the Arizona shooting which wounded Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, the House has rescheduled action on H.R. 2, to repeal the PPACA, with seven hours of debate beginning this Tuesday and a final vote on Wednesday.  Republicans rejected Democrat admonitions to delay the repeal vote until after President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 25th.  In Speaker Boehner’s letter of invitation to the President he said “Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people….Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward.” 

CBO estimated the repeal would reduce revenue by $770 billion through 2021 and cut spending by $540 billion over the same period.  Another thrust at the PPACA will come when H.R. 4 (renumbered from H.R. 144) is taken up to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting provision under the PPACA.  In addition, Rep. Phil Gingrey has announced he will introduce medical malpractice reform legislation which would cap non-economic damages at $250,000 and allow punitive damages in the same amount only when compensatory damages are awarded and when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to hurt a patient or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury.  The bill, patterned after California’s med-mal law, is expected to receive priority consideration in the House Judiciary Committee after it is introduced.

Republicans Target PPACA
   
    Delaying legislative business for a week after the Arizona shooting which wounded Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, the House has rescheduled action on H.R. 2, to repeal the PPACA, with seven hours of debate beginning this Tuesday and a final vote on Wednesday.  Republicans rejected Democrat admonitions to delay the repeal vote until after President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 25th.  In Speaker Boehner’s letter of invitation to the President he said “Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people….Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward.” 

    CBO estimated the repeal would reduce revenue by $770 billion through 2021 and cut spending by $540 billion over the same period.  Another thrust at the PPACA will come when H.R. 4 (renumbered from H.R. 144) is taken up to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting provision under the PPACA.  In addition, Rep. Phil Gingrey has announced he will introduce medical malpractice reform legislation which would cap non-economic damages at $250,000 and allow punitive damages in the same amount only when compensatory damages are awarded and when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to hurt a patient or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury.  The bill, patterned after California’s med-mal law, is expected to receive priority consideration in the House Judiciary Committee after it is introduced.



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