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Talking Health Care with Rep. Dan Crenshaw

May 14, 2019

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) discusses policy currently being proposed in the halls of Congress, from the exorbitant costs associated with single payer plans like Medicare For All to a recent, smaller bill that would help with drug price transparency.

Former Navy SEAL and current Republican Congressman Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joins the Health Care News podcast for a quick chat about the different approaches to health care reform being floated by legislators on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill.

Crenshaw has become a vocal critic of some efforts to roll back the regulatory relief the Trump administration has recently implemented through legislation such as H.R. 986. That piece of legislation, passed last week by the Democrat-controlled house, does not protect those with pre-existing conditions as it purports. Instead, it explicitly seeks to stop states from using innovation waivers to meet the specific health care needs of their populations.

He also talks about the overreach of the federal government with proposals such as Medicare For All, saying that damaging the supply-side of the health care market place will only lead to higher costs and reduced quality of health care.

Finally, he mentions some of the work being done to promote access to primary care and bring transparency to the cost of prescription drugs, a topic that is heating up with bills on one side that aim to make list prices available to consumers and on the other with centralized price-fixing.  

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.