Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boehner: H.R.2 begins the process of entitlement reform

United States House of Representatives
March 26, 2015
Debate on H.R.2, "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015"

Speaker of the House John Boehner:

We expect to end the so-called doc fix once and for all. Many of you
know we've patched this problem seventeen times over the last eleven
years, and I decided about a year ago that I had had enough of it. In
its place we'll deliver for the American people the first real
entitlement reform…

Today it's about a problem much bigger than any doc fix or any deadline.
It's about beginning the process of solving our spending problem, and
it's about strengthening and saving Medicare which is at the heart of
that problem. Normally we'd be here to admit that we're just going to
kick the can down the road one more time. But today, because of what
we're doing here, we're going to save money 20, 30, 40 years down the road…

We can't become complacent. We've got more serious entitlement reform
that's needed. It shouldn't take another two decades to do it, and
frankly I don't think we've got that much time. But I'm here today to
urge all of our members to begin that process, and the process begins by
voting yes on H.R.2 today.


Comment by Don McCanne

H.R.2 passed in the House today by a vote of 392 to 37. It goes to the
Senate where it will be voted on tomorrow. But is this really about the
"doc fix" - eliminating SGR? Speaker of the House John Boehner clarifies
that for us. It's about entitlement reform and H.R.2 begins that process.

Entitlement reform…

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