Chairman Alexander: Up to Half of Health Care Spending is Unnecessary


By Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) says, “Up to half of health care spending is unnecessary…The five hearings we held reminded us of something we should agree on: one major reason for the unnecessarily high cost of health care is that the health care system does not operate with the discipline and cost saving benefits of a real market. Too many barriers to innovation drive up costs. And most Americans have no idea of the true price of the health care services they buy—which also drives up costs.” The Senator is asking that the public submit comments on wasteful health care spending to LowerHealthCareCosts@help.senate.gov by March 1, 2019.  (Chairman Alexander also announced that he is not seeing reelection in 2020.  Thank you, Senator, for your years of public service, including heroic efforts to build bi-partisan consensus around health reform.)


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