WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act (H.R. 4015):
“Medicare is heading toward bankruptcy, and Obamacare is making things worse. Already, many doctors will no longer accept new Medicare patients, leaving seniors with fewer options and higher costs. Fortunately, it’s not too late to start over and get real health care reform right, and I was proud to cosponsor this bill, which represents an important first step toward saving Medicare while providing certainty for doctors and seniors and protecting American workers and their families from Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty tax.”
Since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $150 billion on short term patches to Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of H.R. 4015, which provides a permanent solution to the Medicare physician payment formula and delays Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty tax.