Cox Selected to Serve on Health Care Task Force
9/10/2007
State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) announced today his recent appointment to the House Republican Health Care Task Force, which is studying the state’s health care system in an effort to expand health care choices, increase access, improve quality of services, and lower costs.
 
“Citizens throughout the Commonwealth have voiced their concern to me over escalating costs and poor access to quality health care," Cox said. “I am committed to ensuring that our seniors and working families have access to the high quality, affordable health care they need and deserve."
 
The House Republican Policy Committee’s Health Care Task Force consists of members who are focusing on different aspects of health care, insurance and business. The Policy Committee held public hearings on Gov. Ed Rendell’s universal health care plan earlier this year. At the conclusion of the hearings, the Health Care Task Force met with numerous organizations and consumer groups to develop a better and more realistic alternative to the governor’s health care plan.
 
The House Republican alternative plan, The Real Prescription for Pennsylvania, focuses on consumer driven health care which provides more choices, transparency, flexibility, tax credits, marketplace competition and medical liability reform, and preserves critical services.
 
“My appointment to the Heath Care Task Force allows me to work toward driving down health care costs in the Commonwealth and enabling those who are not insured the ability to get coverage. I am pleased that this plan accomplishes this without raising taxes," he said.
 
Specifically, it includes expanding the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which provide consumer choice; expanding the use of Federally Qualified Health Centers to cut down on the use of costly emergency room use; and using best practices from other states.
 
The plan includes policies that: 
  • Are consumer driven.
  • Have less government bureaucracy.
  • Provide more choice.
  • Offer tax credits.
  • Provide for marketplace competition.
  • Are incentive-based.
  • Offer loan forgiveness for health care professionals.
  • Include medical liability reform. 
“I was selected to be a part of the Health Care Task Force to fight for affordable health care for every man, woman and child in Pennsylvania," Cox said. “Working parents and seniors should not have to choose between paying for food and shelter or having sufficient medical coverage for their families. As a father of four, I know the importance of having dependable health care coverage."
 
More information is available at www.HealthCareForPaFamilies.com.
 
Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(610) 670-0139
(717) 772-2435
Contact: Joe Pistorio
jpistori@pahousegop.com
(717) 787-2932
Member Site: RepJimCox.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com