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George LeMieux on Health Care

 


ObamaCare makes broken healthcare system even worse

Last March, Congress passed the Obama Health Care Bill that makes an already broken healthcare system even worse. This 2,700 page budget busting bill was written behind closed doors, without input from Republicans, and against the will of a majority of Americans. I opposed ObamaCare during my time in the Senate and believe it must be repealed. What is needed is a targeted, step-by-step approach that will reduce cost and increase access without adding to the deficit.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" , Jul 16, 2011

Repeal any federal health care takeover.

Lemieux signed Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge

The Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge for incumbents states, "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government."

Source: Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge 10-CfG-inc on Jul 4, 2010

Sponsored bill establishing Health Care Fraud Prevention.

Lemieux sponsored establishing of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:

Sen. LeMIEUX. The current proposal for health care is a $1 trillion proposal. If we spent as much time caring about the money we are spending now, as opposed to the money some in this Chamber want to spend, I suspect we could find plenty of money to either return to the people or to find money for these new programs.

Today, I wish to talk about just such an idea, an idea to recover some of the waste, fraud, and abuse that is currently happening in our current provision of health care--in Medicare and Medicaid. Estimates are that some $60 billion to a staggering $226 billion a year to waste, fraud, and abuse.

This health care proposal that we are discussing in the Senate is $1 trillion over 10 years. That is about $100 billion a year. We may be wasting $226 billion a year. If we captured just half of that, we might be able to pay for this program.

Why can't we do the same thing the credit card companies are doing for health care? Why can't we use a predictive modeling system that says a health care claim is not going to be paid when a red flag comes up? Right now we are on a pay-and-chase system. If we put this predictive modeling system in, it stops the fraud before it happens. The credit card industry benchmark is 0.1% while fraud losses in the health care business run from 3% to 14%.

Source: Prevent Health Care Fraud Act of 2009 (S.2128 & H.R.4222 ) 2009-S2128 on Oct 29, 2009

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