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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. Drugs developed with public funding should be available -- and affordable -- to the public. The President has the authority to ensure taxpayer-funded drugs are affordable by authorizing generic competition that would lower prices. 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. I introduced legislation – the COVER Act -- that would close the Medicaid gap by allowing counties to access federal funds in states that refuse to expand Medicaid. I voted against dozens of Republican repeal efforts because it would remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions; bring back lifetime and annual caps on care; allow 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 these cruel efforts, and will continue to oppose the Republican lawsuit to 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. The radical Texas ban on reproductive freedom is unconstitutional and must be stopped. I am an original cosponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act. This essential legislation would make unlawful many of the types of politically-motivated restrictions, such as the Texas ban, which remove a women's ability to choose quality reproductive care.  I am also a sponsor of H. Con. Res. 490, which supports reproductive health care in the United States by reiterating that Roe v. Wade guarantees the constitutional right to privacy in health care decisions and the right to access abortion 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. Of course, the major barrier we face on this and other vital legislation is securing away around Republican obstruction in the Senate.

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.

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

September 15, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, spoke forcefully in the Ways and Means Build Back Better markup to decry the Republican, draconian, abortion ban in Texas and an anti-choice amendment Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady offered last night in Committee to eliminate reproductive freedom in federal health programs.
September 9, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement reacting to the Health and Human Services (HHS) plan on drug prices released this morning:
September 3, 2021 Press Release
Austin, T.X. – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi joined U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon at Foundation Communities in Austin highlighting Democrats’ priorities they’re working for in the forthcoming Build Back Better Act to strengthen health care access for Texas families. This includes extending coverage for those denied Medicaid expansion, crafting more affordable ACA Marketplace insurance, providing more comprehensive Medicare coverage, and lowering prescription drug prices. These key health care points mark significant progress in fulfilling the President’s Build Back Better agenda.
September 2, 2021 In The News
AUSTIN, Texas - Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is in Austin for a news conference to talk about health care with Texas Democratic U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett.
September 1, 2021 Press Release
Austin, T.X. – Tomorrow, Thursday, September 2, at 2:30 PM, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will hold a press conference in Austin to highlight Democrats’ priorities in the forthcoming Build Back Better Act that will strengthen health care access for Texas families. This includes coverage for those denied Medicaid expansion, more affordable ACA Marketplace insurance, additional Medicare benefits, and lower prescription drug prices. This marks key progress in fulfilling the President’s Build Back Better agenda.
September 1, 2021 In The News
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is headed to Austin on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded health benefits for Texans.
August 27, 2021 In The News
Prospects for Medicare expansion are further complicated by a price tag that could exceed $350 billion over a decade and surpass the cost of other health priorities under discussion. 
August 25, 2021 In The News
Older Americans would see their health coverage expanded as part of the $3.5 trillion budget plan approved by the House on Tuesday. 
July 29, 2021 In The News
Hospital and doctors’ groups successfully lobbied to save Covid-19 relief money earmarked for their members, while pharmaceutical companies are expected to lose billions of dollars as part of a bipartisan infrastructure deal struck yesterday.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, along with more than 55 Members, introduced patient-first, expansive drug price negotiation legislation to rein in Big Pharma’s monopoly power, negotiate reasonable prices, and ensure every consumer—including the uninsured—receives the benefit. Harnessing the power of competition to end monopoly prices, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act finally lifts the wrongful prohibition on Medicare to negotiate drug prices and works to heal our deeply fractured health care system that leaves so many patients behind. Americans pay more for prescription drugs than patients in any comparable country, with patients paying an average of $1,200 annually on prescriptions. The Medicare Advisory Payment Commission (MedPAC) recently found drug spending grew by 26% in Medicare from 2013-2018, nearly all “due to higher prices and launches of new drugs, rather than an increase in the number of prescriptions filled.”