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Rep. Fleming: Obamacare Will Drive Up Prescription Drug Prices

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 10:15 PM

By Patrick Hobin and John Bachman

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The Obama campaign is not being honest when it says it’s not cutting
$716 billion out of Medicare, Rep. John Fleming M.D. told Newsmax.TV
in an exclusive interview.

The Louisiana congressman, who is vice chairman of the GOP Doctors
Caucus, said “there’s no question that Obamacare is raiding Medicare
by the tune of $716 billion over 10 years. “

“They try to rephrase that and they try to spin it,” he said. “It’s
definitely a cut and there’s no way to characterize it but a cut, and,
yes it’s used for Obamacare. It’s dishonest to say that it’s spent in
two different places.”

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When Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare, he said, they are voting to
restore the $716 billion slated to be cut from it. “We want to see
Medicare sustained, not destroyed,” he said.

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In the long run, Fleming said, Obamacare will drive up the prices of
pharmaceuticals.

“Ultimately, it’s best for consumers of all stripes, Medicare ,
non-Medicare, whatever to have access to the best prices and the best
quality and to make companies compete against one another,” Fleming
said. “That’s all at the center of what Republicans want in healthcare
reform and what we have wanted. On the other hand, the Obamacare
approach is to have government pick the winners and losers, choose the
prices, cut the deals in the backroom, and ultimately the consumers
get the worst of all of it and that’s precisely the difference between
what Obamacare’s doing with drugs and what we do in our healthcare
reform ideas.”

Fleming said he is confident, as a doctor, that the Romney/Ryan team
can help resolve the cost of health care crisis facing many Americans.

“Paul Ryan’s ideas here, how he saves Medicare, how he brings the free
market back to healthcare consumers is really fitting hand in glove
with the kind of solutions that we as physicians see for the future of
this country,” Fleming said.

Fleming also weighed in on the controversial statement made by Rep.
Todd Akin of Missouri. The Republican congressman said victims of
"legitimate rape" are able to naturally prevent pregnancy. Akin has
refused to drop out of the race despite pleas from top Republicans,
including the party’s presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Fleming said although Akin is “a good man,” he must step aside for
Missouri’s sake.

“I think it’s unfortunate that he made some statements that I think
certainly he regrets, certainly don’t reflect my values or the values
of other Republican members of the House of Representatives,” Fleming
said. “And I’m sure if he had to do it over again he’d take them
back. We certainly need to be sure we’re accurate with our statements
and certainly when it comes to issues like sexuality and violence.”
Fleming said it doesn’t matter at this point whether or not Akin was
taken out of context or misspoke.

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“I think that whatever really was intended in that statement it really
looks bad it doesn’t comport with the sort of thinking that those in
Congress …should have,” he said.

“As a result I think it’s proper for him now to step aside. Let someone else have an opportunity to finish out the campaign for that seat, because it’s very important we have just the right person representing Missouri which I think is a very conservative state. They need their ideals represented well without all of the confusion and all of the problems that go along with those statements made about rape.”

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