After impeachment, Congress should address surprise medical billing, avoid price fixing

Jan. 30, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to address the issue of surprise medical billing after the Senate impeachment trial ends:

“Once the Senate finishes exonerating President Donald Trump of Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi’s fantasy impeachment charges, Congress will be facing many tough issues. Surprise medical billing is one of these that are likely to emerge and one proposed ‘solution’ is a trap that must be avoided.  One-sized fits all medical pricing is being pushed by the health insurance industry fixes rates to the benefit of insurance companies and detriment of health care providers. The failed state of California has already tried the one-price fits all model and in just three years is beginning to suffer from shortages of physicians and other health care providers who are being priced out of existence by insurers. When Congress deals with surprise medical billing, it is important for them to ensure that markets are maintained and there is a way for insurers and health care providers to iron out their payment disputes between themselves, protecting patients from surprise bills which insurers refuse to pay.”

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