Rep. Kelly Supports House Action to Provide Relief for America's Seniors

- U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, which would permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), paid for by delaying the individual mandate penalty of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for five years. With this legislation, the current payment formula would be replaced with a permanent solution that links physician payments to quality patient care for Medicare beneficiaries. The bill – co-sponsored by Rep. Kelly – was passed by the House by a bipartisan vote of 237-182.

Highlights from floor speech:

“If you were to look at our generation, we would all have to agree that we grew up in the greatest towns in the greatest times, with the greatest parents, preachers, teachers and coaches, grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles. This is the ‘People’s House.’ This is not a Republican House or a Democrat House, this is the People’s House. What are we talking about today? … [We’re considering this legislation] to be able to offer peace of mind to those folks who have made the greatest sacrifices, made the greatest contributions, and have done the best that they could to make sure that the next generation had the same opportunities they had. This is not a ‘doc fix.’ This is a senior fix.’”

“If we cannot protect the most vulnerable in our society, right now, especially in their end days and their end times, and say, ‘You can lay your head on pillow tonight knowing that your doctor’s going to be there for you’ … why would we make their last days so difficult? Why would we make it so uncertain?”

“We talk about an SGR, but where I come from, it’s not [about] that, and it’s not a ‘doc fix’ — it’s a senior fix. When can we possibly put politics behind us and start to look out for what’s best for the people we represent?”

“I am a representative of Pennsylvania’s Third District, so privileged and so proud to be able to do it — not boastful proud, but thankful proud that I can actually go and do something for the people who raised me, who taught me, who coached me, who had walked me through the most difficult parts of my life… Can we not just come together and do something that really is a big ‘Thank You.’?”

“My friend’s from the other side: this is not about politics; this is about people. We are in the People’s House, and these are things that we must do. … I can’t tell you how disappointing it is today to hear this turned into some kind of political debate that has nothing to do with the fate of those seniors and those people who we love so much and who have done so much for us.”

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