House Republican Health Care Task Force Agrees Upon Reform Principles, Announces Hearings on Tax Expenditures

February 26, 2016

This week, the House Task Force on Health Care Reform announced its goals and principles for developing a plan to replace the ACA—which Republicans will present later this summer—and announced it would hold a hearing on health tax expenditures, including the tax treatment of employer-provided health care benefits.  According to the announcement, the Task Force will follow several principles in developing the plan, including:

  • Empowering every American with the ability to gain access to coverage that is affordable and portable;
  • Providing Americans with more choices, not mandates, so that they have the freedom to pick plans and providers that best fit their needs;
  • Protecting the quality of care for all patients, including those with pre-existing conditions;
  • Promoting innovation to improve competition, harness the power of new technologies, lower prices, and foster better cures and treatments for patients; and
  • Saving Medicare and Medicaid.
To that end, the Chairmen of the House Ways & Means Committee, Energy & Commerce Committee, Education & the Workforce Committee, and Budget Committee will focus on building a consensus around specific reform policies and will hold hearings this spring on innovations in employer-provided health care coverage and health tax expenditures.