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I am committed to preserving hard-fought for reforms to our health system.

Affordable Medications 

As the Chair and Founder of the House Affordable Prescription Drug Task Force, I am committed to bringing more oversight and transparency to drug pricing and supporting legislative and administrative solutions so that more families can afford the medicine they need.

High drug prices are not a problem with one pharmaceutical manufacturer, one class of drugs, or one disease—this problem is widespread. While we have made advances in research and treatment, an unaffordable drug is 100 percent ineffective. I have urged President Trump to use the authority he already has to encourage competition that would lower drug prices. Drugs developed with public funding should be available -- and affordable -- to the public. I am also sponsoring multiple pieces of legislation that would allow Medicare to use its purchasing power to lower drug costs for seniors and taxpayers through negotiation, fight anti-competitive pay-for-delay deals, and promote transparency throughout the drug development and pricing process.

Protecting Health Insurance Reform

I remain committed to preserving the hard-fought reforms that provided health insurance to millions through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), resisting those who seek to repeal, defund, or sabotage the ACA. Even President Trump has called the defeated Republican healthcare repeal bill “mean, mean, mean.” I voted against it because it removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions; brings back lifetime and annual caps on care; allows states to remove essential health benefits -- like maternity care and mental health services; and take almost a trillion dollars out of Medicaid.  Most every health care professional group came out to condemn this travesty – I stood with the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and families around our Nation in opposition to this cruel bill, and will continue to oppose any future efforts to repeal or dismantle the ACA.

Defending Reproductive Rights

I trust women to make their own healthcare decisions, which is why I oppose efforts to block access to comprehensive reproductive care and fully support measures that help protect women’s health. I am a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and, consistent with my 100% pro-choice voting record (as evaluated by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America), I strongly support reproductive rights and oppose efforts to defund comprehensive healthcare clinics.

There is a steady drumbeat to overturn Roe v. Wade and take away a woman’s right to choose—even in the tragic cases of rape, incest, or dangerous health risks. Women in Texas face some of the most extreme barriers in accessing reproductive healthcare in the country. These excessive restrictions are not supported by medical experts—but they do shutter safe, comprehensive clinics and jeopardize women’s health. Instead of focusing on measures that would take important, complex medical decisions away from women, I sponsored the Women's Health Protection Act, which would make unlawful many of the types of politically motivated restrictions that take away a woman's ability to choose quality reproductive care. I also sponsored the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which protects access to reproductive care for public health insurance beneficiaries, federal employees, and in federal health services.

I have consistently rejected Republicans’ anti-choice amendments and riders on appropriation bills, have strongly opposed Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in their health care repeal bills, and will continue to support efforts to improve access to reproductive services. I will continue working hard to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

Healthcare for Seniors

For several decades, Social Security and Medicare have been a lifesaving safety net for our seniors, protecting their physical and financial well-being, and providing well-earned peace of mind after a lifetime of work.

Just over fifty years after President Johnson first signed Medicare into law, the program continues to provide necessary health services for so many across our country. As a recent recipient of two national legislative awards from AARP, which recognized my initiaitves on healthcare and efforts to ensure seniors' access to healthcare, I continue working to defend, strengthen and improve Medicare, a pillar of retirement security. The Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act takes billions of dollars out of the Medicare trust funds by giving a major tax windfall to the wealthiest few and to pharmaceutical companies. I have spoken out repeatedly against these giveaways, which come at the expense of our seniors’ care.

Protecting seniors also means protecting them from fraud.  My Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act, which requires the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards, was enacted into law. With identity thieves becoming increasingly sophisticated, a little prevention can prevent a lot of heartache. Seniors who have worked a lifetime building their financial security deserve better protection.

My AARP-endorsed bipartisan NOTICE Act was signed into law. NOTICE does just what its name suggests: it gives patients notice when they are about to be billed personally after being categorized as "under observation" in the hospital. Currently, a hospital may either admit a patient as an "inpatient" or keep the patient "under observation." While the distinction is often impossible to determine, particularly by the beneficiary, the cost can be extreme if expensive skilled nursing home care is required.

Social Security

Social Security isn’t a Ponzi scheme or a handout. It is one of our most successful initiatives, providing security for tens of millions of seniors. In eight decades, Social Security has never been a day late or a dollar short. It has never contributed a dime to the deficit and has generated a $2.6 trillion surplus. With modest improvements to ensure its long-term solvency, Social Security will be there for our grandchildren.

More on Healthcare

October 13, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Operation Warp Speed leaders to clearly disclose details of and ensure the transparency, independent review, and affordable pricing for Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody treatment—a treatment that has received over $500 million dollars in American taxpayer investments and is now under intense focus after President Trump’s treatment and praise. The guardrails against price-gouging on this treatment developed with taxpayer dollars, however, remain very opaque.
September 24, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, reacted to more of President Trump’s executive orders announced today in North Carolina:
September 16, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and vocal advocate for safe, affordable, COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, released the following statement on the report regarding distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine released by the Trump Administration today:
September 13, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, reacted to more of President Trump’s executive orders today:
September 13, 2020 In The News
President Trump on Sunday signed a long-awaited executive order aimed at lowering drug prices by linking them to the cost of the same drugs in other nations.
September 9, 2020 In The News
UT Health San Antonio joins call to increase supply of remdesivir to help more patient
September 8, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and vocal advocate for safe, affordable, COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, joined a national press conference on shortages of COVID-19 treatment remdesivir with Dr. Tom Patterson, Chief of Infectious Diseases at UT Health San Antonio; Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital; Zain Rizvi, Law and Policy Researcher at Public Citizen; and Joe Torsella, Pennsylvania Treasurer. This press call was held in coordination with The PrEP4All Collaboration, Public Citizen, and Social Security Works.
September 3, 2020 In The News
AUSTIN, Texas — On the last day of the Republican National Convention, Abby Strite got a phone call from the clinic where she plans to participate in phase three of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial.
August 31, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and vocal advocate for science-led development of safe, affordable, COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, reacted to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn telling the Financial Times that “his agency was prepared to authorise a vaccine before Phase Three clinical trials were complete,” raising concerns of political interference. Rep. Doggett’s statement:
August 20, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, joined with U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D-CA), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, to press the Trump Administration for answers on how HHS is protecting the taxpayer investment in funding and procurement agreements for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.