Ribble Introduces Legislation to Help Address Long-Term Health Care Costs

Apr 9, 2014 Issues: Budget, Health Care, Medicare

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Reid Ribble, along with fellow Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) introduced bipartisan legislation that will provide the Congressional Budget Office with the tools necessary to conduct better long-term analyses about the costs and benefits of future health care legislation.

The legislation, entitled the "Long-Term Studies of Comprehensive Outcomes and Returns for the Economy Act" or "Long-Term SCORE Act," would provide the Congressional Budget Office with funds to create a new long-term scoring division dedicated to analyzing legislation and its impacts on federal programs, particularly ones that focus on medical research and disease prevention, over the next fifty years.

Below is a statement from Congressman Ribble:

"I'm pleased to introduce this legislation to try and help bend the cost curve of our nation's health care system. We need to get our growing healthcare costs under control and addressing chronic illness is a critical place to start. Obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses affecting Americans today cost Medicare and Medicaid more than $200 billion a year, while federal research dollars continue to stagnate.  We need to take steps to address these skyrocketing costs that harm patients, their families, and the taxpayer and better focus our attention on preventing and curing these diseases, leading to a healthier population.

This bill will allow members of Congress to be more accurately informed about how investments made today in health care research or disease prevention will affect our nation a generation or two from now. With national health care costs continuing to rise, we must plan for the future, and that means Congress needs to understand how policies implemented today will affect Medicare and Medicaid when my grandchildren become seniors."

Supporting Outside Organizations:

Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American College of Gastroenterology
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Council on Exercise
American Family Children’s Hospital
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
Arena Pharmaceuticals
Hepatitis Foundation International
International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association
Johnson & Johnson
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Center for Weight and Wellness
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Recreation and Parks Association
National Transitions of Care Coalition
Obesity Action CoalitionOrexigen Therapeutics
Sports and Fitness Industry Association
The Obesity Society
United States Soccer Foundation
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Vivus, Inc.
Weight Watchers International
YMCA of the USA

More than 60 economists support the Ribble legislation. Click here to view the list.