Congressman Gingrey to Newsmax: 'Horrible Bill' Is Allowed to Stand

Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 10:39 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Congressman Phil Gingrey said the Supreme Court today let a “monstrosity of a bill stand” and the decision takes away the right of a patient and a doctor to make decisions about an individual’s healthcare and life.

Gingrey, a physician who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the decision — 1 of 3 possible options — was the “least likely,” to pass in his opinion, maybe "a 15 percent chance."

“The American people, I’m sure, are tremendously disappointed, as am I and most members, certainly all of those who are physicians or healthcare providers, who work in the House of Representatives,” Gingrey told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

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This is a horrible bill. It takes away the right of a patient and a doctor to make decisions about an individual’s healthcare and indeed, their very lives. I think it’s a wrong decision, however, it was the decision made by the Supreme Court. Ultimately, we’re stuck with this law until we have enough votes in the House, Senate, and control of the executive branch, with a President Romney, to stop first of all, by President Romney, executive orders or waivers that each one of the 50 states and territories would be exempt from this bill until we have sufficient number of votes.”

The Doctors’ Caucus is united about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act regardless of what the Supreme Court decision today and Gingrey said Republicans are united in the portions of a law that would be used to replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We are united. We certainly are. We’ve been working hard for the last two and a half years as this law was being deliberated by the Democratic majority,” he told Newsmax.

“We certainly were not inside the Green Room, so to speak, trying to make it better. We had no opportunity to do that. In fact, the Democrats wanted a single-payer national health insurance plan. They wanted a public option and the state-run exchanges. They wanted the federal government, really, to take over one-sixth of our economy, that being healthcare. We’re going to make sure that IPAB, that very dangerous bureaucratic board of unelected, 15 bureaucrats appointed by the president, don’t get the opportunity to continue to whittle away at the provider reimbursement to the point that there’s no doctors, none left standing, that will see our most precious seniors under the Medicare program. So there’s a lot of work to be done.”

The congressman said that AARP’s tax exempt status should be removed because of alleged coordination between the group and the White House on the passage of the Obamacare plan.

“We have an email trail, now, that connects the dots in regards to what deals were struck with individual groups two and a half years ago, long before the mark-up of the bill in the House and the Senate,” he said.

Gingrey said AARP “cut a deal to not only support it when their rank and file members were vehemently opposed to it, but also to agree to spend money on advertising, on marketing to do everything they could to put pressure on recalcitrant senators . . .  If this is collusion, I don’t know what is and unless they can answer that to my satisfaction, their tax exempt status should be removed.”

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